Liverpool have bowed out of the League Cup early this season, losing 2-0 to Leicester City on yet another worrying evening.
The Reds were the far superior side but failed to take their chances, unlike Leicester, who were clinical when needed to seal their spot in the next round.
Defensively, Liverpool looked a bit sharper, especially in the first half, but the halftime withdrawal of Philippe Coutinho changed the tempo, especially in the midfield.
When it was all said and done, Liverpool found themselves wondering what went wrong yet again. In a week which saw the Reds draw with Sevilla and Burley after being embarrassed by Manchester City, the 2-0 result put the perfect cherry on top of a really poor 2 weeks for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Here is how the players fared.
Danny Ward- 6
On a rare start for the Welsh keeper, it was pretty quiet throughout. There was nothing Ward could do to stop either of Leicester’s goals.
He commanded his box very well and showed off some quality distribution in a performance which should give Klopp some thoughts over his number one keeper.
Ward was solid, but unfortunately for him, he will have to accept a 2 goal defeat.
Jon Flanagan- 5
Restored to the Liverpool lineup after a long time on the sidelines, Flanagan was not great, but not the worst either.
His pace is a serious issue, though. Flanagan was beaten far too easily on the wings and was also a bit sloppy with the ball at his feet.
Joe Gomez- 6
Looked sharp, especially in the first half, but like the rest of the team began to look a bit shaky in the second.
Was at fault for holding four Leicester City players onside for the Okazaki opener, but was Liverpool’s best defender on the night by far.
Ragnar Klavan- 5
Liverpool should really begin to question themselves over their decision NOT to purchase another center back in this past transfer window.
Klavan has looked poor all season and today was no different.
Maybe Joe Gomez has finally won his spot at center back alongside Joel Matip. It cannot get any worse for Klopp at the moment.
Andy Robertson- 6
Provided plenty of quality going forward and was sharp throughout the match.
Kept Mark Albrighton pretty quiet and made some key tackles around the 18-yard box.
Perhaps could have done a bit better with his first-half chance at goal, though.
Jordan Henderson- 6
As usual, Henderson was a true workhorse, bossing the midfield and spraying passes all around the pitch to keep his team moving.
Alongside Wijnaldum and Grujic, Henderson formed a strong midfield three which kept Leicester City on the backfoot throughout.
Marko Grujic- 6
Like Henderson, Grujic gave everything and can be happy with his overall performance.
Was a bit wasteful at times in the final third, but made up for it with some great defensive cover.
While game time will still be hard for Grujic to come by this season, he looks like a future star.
Gini Wijnaldum- 6
Ditto for the Dutchman.
He put in a solid shift before being replaced by Danny Ings in the 72nd minute.
Always willing to do the ugly stuff that keeps Liverpool ticking.
Philippe Coutinho- 7
Only played 45 minutes, but was as creative as ever.
It is great to see Coutinho getting back to his best after the summer window which saw him hand in a transfer request.
After Coutinho was replaced at halftime, it was obvious Liverpool were lacking, no disrespect to Woodburn who put in an impressive shift as well.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 4
He has not looked like a 35 million pound player since arriving from Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp has said he needs time to adapt to Liverpool’s style of play, but today’s performance will not provide much hope.
His quality in the final third was poor. He should have given Liverpool the lead early on, but hit his shot into Ben Chillwell and was not distributing quality crosses or set pieces by any means.
Showed glimpses of what he can do with some powerful and quick runs through the midfield, but will want to forget this match and move on to his next opportunity.
Dom Solanke- 6
Wasted a couple great scoring opportunities (story of the match for Liverpool as a collective team).
On the other hand, Solanke showed off some great hold-up play, winning many ariel duels as well.
He looks like a future stud but will need time to grow, he is still raw.
Ben Woodburn- 6
Looked sharp and full of confidence.
The Welsh international is beginning to knock on the door at Liverpool, let alone his national team.
Klopp did make a mistake of swapping Woodburn for Coutinho, though.
With Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah all resting, Coutinho could have played longer.
With the way the match was going, there was no reason to see Coutinho replaced.
Danny Ings- 5
Did not have enough time to really put a stamp on the match.
But Ings, like so many, missed a glorious opportunity to bring Liverpool level shortly after coming on.