Liverpool player ratings vs Man City
Liverpool player ratings vs Man City: Trent Alexander-Arnold steps up to get abject Alisson Becker out of jail
The Reds’ right-back earned a point at the Etihad Stadium with a late equalizer after the goalkeeper’s blunders led to Erling Haaland’s opener.
Some have questioned Liverpool’s title prospects despite their great start to the season, but Jurgen Klopp’s team showed some steel on Saturday, coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Manchester City, halting the Premier League champions’ 23-game winning streak at home.
The Reds got off to a good start, and Ederson was forced to make a good stop to deny Darwin Nunez a headed opener. On the opposite end, Alisson Becker was battling with the ball at his feet, creating opportunities for both Phil Foden and Erling Haaland.
And it was another blunder from the goalkeeper that cost City the goal, as his weak clearance was seized upon by Nathan Ake, who passed Haaland to finish into the bottom corner, though Alisson may feel he should have saved the shot as well.
Midway into the second half, City thought they had made it 2-0, but Ruben Dias’ tap-in was disallowed for a foul on Alisson by Manuel Akanji. And Liverpool capitalized on their fortunate break, with Alexander-Arnold arrowing a drive from the edge of the area into the bottom corner to hush the home crowd and salvage a point.
GOAL ranks Liverpool’s Etihad Stadium players…
Defense & Goalkeeper
Alisson Becker (2 out of 10):
It’s difficult to imagine a worse performance from the Brazilian goalie in a Liverpool jersey. Was nearly punished twice for being overly careless with the ball before his botched clearing led directly to Haaland’s opening. Alisson may have felt he should have saved that one, and he was ultimately fortunate to get away with dropping the cross that resulted in Dias’ disallowed strike.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7 out of 10):
Some of his passing was ridiculous, but his defensive abilities were tested as City repeatedly targeted him. The failure of England full-back Doku to challenge Ake resulted in Haaland’s goal. However, he made amends with a precise finish for the equalizer.
Joel Matip (7 out of 10):
With his talent on the ball, he made key crucial clearances within his own penalty area and helped relieve pressure. He was one of the Reds’ better players on the day, as seen by his stoppage-time block from Bernardo.
Virgil van Dijk (six out of ten):
Solid enough, though he might have preferred Haaland’s run for the opening.
Tsimikas, Kostas (6/10):
Though Foden did get some joy against him, he was rarely tested. City encountered several issues as a result of set-piece delivery.
Alexis Mac Allister (six out of ten):
Strong in the Liverpool midfield, he ensured Alvarez had a quiet afternoon. He lacked incisive passing to create attacks for the visitors.
Dominik Szoboszlai (5 points):
Worked hard, but this was one of his lesser performances since arriving at Anfield in the summer. With 20 minutes remaining, he couldn’t come up with anything noteworthy and was replaced.
Curtis Jones (3 out of 10):
Gave the ball away far too often as City’s midfield swarmed him, forcing him to make blunders. Gravenberch came on in the second half to replace him.
Mohamed Salah (5 points):
He was unable to participate in the game as much as he or his manager would have liked. As the Reds struggled to produce many chances of note, he never really got a clear sight of goal, but he did provide an assist for Alexander-Arnold’s goal.
Darwin Nunez (4 out of 10):
The majority of Liverpool’s chances fell to Nunez in the box, but he lacked the cutting edge to convert them. Ederson was denied a headed goal, but his performance was marked by bad decision-making and a lack of calmness in the final third.
Diogo Jota (4 out of 10):
As most of Liverpool’s attacks came down the right flank, he was little engaged. An injury forced him to leave the game early in the second half.
Subs and the Manager
Luis Diaz (six out of ten):
As a substitution for Jota, he drove up the left side and set up Liverpool’s equalizer.
Ryan Gravenberch (nine out of ten):
After replacing Jones, the Netherlands international made some strong defensive interventions.
Cody Gakpo (six out of ten):
After replacing Szoboszlai, he brought greater physicality to the Liverpool forward line.
Endo Wataru (N/A):
On for the last ten minutes.
N/A: Harvey Elliott
Not long enough to create an impression.
7/10 for Jurgen Klopp:
Will most likely be satisfied with a point. Individual blunders cost his side more than anything else, and he made effective adjustments in the second half.