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Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City: Player Ratings

Claudio Bravo – 6

The City goalkeeper could do very little about the first goal and in all honesty, had very little to do from there onwards. Hit-and-miss with his feet, several long balls going straight to Liverpool midfielders, but relatively untested.

Pablo Zabaleta – 4

Zaba had a poor game and struggled to deal with the pace and the trickery of Liverpool’s front line. He should have done much better for Liverpool’s goal, allowing Lallana to cross far, far too easily.

Nicolás Otamendi – 7 (Man of the Match)

One of our better performers on the night. He kept Firmino relatively quiet and helped some of City’s counter attacks with his interceptions.

John Stones – 6

The much criticised centre-back was assured in possession and made a few a couple of good covering runs to spare Kolarov and Zabaleta their blushes.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 5

A very average performance once again. He was at fault in possession for Liverpool’s goal and did little to recover. But it’s all too familiar a story – full-back is the weakest area in our squad and that fragility was brutally exposed once again.

Fernandinho – 6

The energetic Brazilian didn’t do much wrong, but equally wasn’t as his sharp best. He mistimed a couple of those interceptions that he normally anticipates so well. We needed him at his best today and unfortunately he wasn’t.

Yaya Touré – 5.5

As good as Yaya’s been recently, he was way off the pace today. He’s always struggled against sides who play with intensity and press, and today was no different unfortunately. We really needed someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and I hoped that’d be Yaya but we can’t just rely on him.

Raheem Sterling – 6.5

I actually thought Raheem was one of our brightest players, showing the intuition to attack Liverpool’s defence with a bit of vigour, but it didn’t really come off for him. It was a relatively encouraging performance under the circumstances but he needed a lot more from those around him.

David Silva – 5.5

Like the rest of the team, he picked up the ball in some really nice areas in behind Can and Henderson, but his final ball was lacking. Two promising counter-attacks broke-down in the second half because of Silva’s lax passing, but he wasn’t the only culprit.

Kevin De Bruyne – 5

Kevin’s influence has been so clear on our games this season, he’s hit the woodwork a record 6 times in the league this season but he was just a bit off the pace today. As with Touré and Silva, we really needed him to grow in influence the second half but that didn’t quite happen. A very frustrating afternoon.

Sergio Agüero – 5

I wrote before the game that we really needed Sergio to come back with a bang and stamp his authority on a game against one of league’s finest sides, but as much as it pains me to say it he was pretty much anonymous again. He got released on three separate occasions in the first half but strayed just offside. Not good enough.

Subs:

Jesús Navas – N/A

Quite possibly spent more time waiting to come on than actually being on the pitch. Too late to make any impact.

Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

Probably came on far too late, given City’s desperation for a goal, and had no time to contribute.

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