Liverpool made the two-hour drive north to take on Huddersfield town in Premier League play. After a couple of weeks for the international break, the Reds have a 1-o reunion win scored by a man who has been a ghost so far in the season, Mo Salah. Mo Salah finally bulged the net and that goal ended up being the winner. Even though Reds’ fans are happy to see their main man on the scoring sheet, he was nowhere near the best player on the pitch. It wasn’t only Liverpool’s star man who was having issues, it looked to be the whole midfield and the front three. The passes looked out of sync and the movement was poor. Jurgen Klopp’s face on the touchline summed up the sloppy but victorious day.
Alisson Becker: 8
Another solid day for the Brazillian. Getting the clean sheet, especially against a scrappy Huddersfield team, is always the sign of a good day at the office. It has been a very solid start of the season for the keeper.
Joe Gomez: 8.5
Mr.Gomez was the definition of cool, calm and collected. He played at the right back position and is flexing his muscle at center back and right back. He could’ve easily been the man of the match.
Dejan Lovren: 6.5
I know that it is difficult to give someone that low of a score when the back-line got a clean sheet, but Lovren takes the terrible defender cake. His scorpion back-heel was quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen and I am a Liverpool fan. He was consistently making silly mistakes and just did not look in sync with his partner, Van Dijk.
Virgil Van Dijk: 9
This man has been the Dutch wall the entire season. He is so calm and is very smart on the ball and clears it without worry. He can do everything. Ariel duals, clearances, building up play from the back, it is all flawless.
Andy Robertson: 8.5
Andy Robertson has been my favorite player ever since he got his first start. He has only gotten better and better. He is a lock on defense and adds amazing support going forward by making those overlapping runs. The Scotchman’s crosses are what stood out against Huddersfield, though.
James Milner: 7
You could tell that this man is 32 and is recovering from a hamstring injury against Huddersfield. He was working so hard to get this team going but one man can’t do it all. A solid shift for the weathered vet.
Jordan Henderson: 7
The skipper left the match in the first half due to an injury, but he still had an average day. He did enough to supply the attack and to support the back line, but other than that, nothing too spectacular.
Adam Lallana: 7.5
This man’s touch was pure gold. His footwork to get passed defenders left me with my mouth open. That being said, he failed to provide any threatening through balls that the front three could take advantage of. That leads to an average day for any midfielder.
Daniel Sturridge: 6
Sturridge was terrible. He has embraced a super sub role this year, and after that performance, it should stay that way. He looked so out of sync with Salah and Shaqiri. Looked slow against a good Huddersfield defense, and his body language from missed opportunities was incredibly negative.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 9 (man of the match)
This guy is giving Klopp a headache in the best way possible. Shaqiri does not usually start but he should. He was spectacular. His pass that he slid through to Mo was world class and was nothing but quality. Also had a lot of crosses that could’ve led to that second or third goal.
Mohammed Salah: 7
Mo was so inconsistent. He could complete one pass or have an awesome touch then the next thing he does, he gives the ball away. This is consistent sloppy play and needs to be addressed because we will not get away with this in the Champions League. Yes, he did score the game-winning goal, but he gave the ball away far too many times.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7.5
Gini bossed the midfield when he was subbed on for Henderson in the first half. He was calm in possession and played scrappy and tough to ensure the three points.
He only played for twenty minutes but looked very sharp. He was good defensively and his passes were on point. He struggled often earlier in the year but has now started to get the hang of this system.
Roberto Firmino: 7
You know what you’re going to get when this man comes on the field. Hard, relentless work. He missed a chance in the box which could’ve made this scoreline look a lot better but he missed the chance.
We do not look like the team who is tied with City for the first place in the league. We look tired. We look lethargic. And we look lazy. This needs change because we have Champions League coming up and tough premier league fixtures on the way. What worries me most is the front three. Now with Mane out with a broken thumb, this front three is going to have to figure things out with an experimental Jurgen Klopp at the helm. Liverpool plays Red Star Belgrade this Wednesday in the Champions League then take on Cardiff City at Anfield this Saturday.