Match Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (Flattering scoreline for the Reds!)

It's getting a little boring: Liverpool playing way below their usual standards but still cruise to a comfortable victory has been the recurring theme this season. The Reds march on to their 20th home win with a 4-0 victory over the Saints, but in truth they played some of the poorest football we have seen for most parts of the game - aside from the clinical finishing which was on full display.

jordan henderson and roberto firmino celebrating a goal against southampton
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Alisson Becker: 8/10

The Brazilian was instrumental in yet another clean sheet for the Reds, their 11th of the season. Alisson made several crucial stops once again, ensuring that the early season’s criticism regarding their ability to keep clean sheets are well buried by now.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7/10

Alexander-Arnold was caught too high up the pitch several times throughout the game, with the tricky Moussa Djenepo being able to constantly expose the space left behind. Perhaps lucky that the Saints were highly wasteful on the day.


Andy Robertson: 7/10

The Scot’s constant attacking forays meant that he too left gaps at the back, often leaving Gomez and van Dijk in dangerous situations. He was always a threat in the final third though, playing an important part in the opening goal.


Joe Gomez: 6/10

Gomez had a relatively uncomfortable evening and was given a pretty torrid time by the busy Danny Ings. But to be fair it was another clean sheet for the young Englishman, who is looking to form one of the most commanding partnerships in the league with his Dutch colleague. Surely a contender to start in the European Championships this year.


Virgil van Dijk: 8/10

The Dutchman once again played an important role in the victory, showing exactly why he is currently the best centre half on the planet. Such is the confidence the colossal of a man has, as he attempted an audacious back heel that so nearly went in.


Fabinho: 6/10

The Brazilian clocked in some important minutes under his belt, as he still looks to get up to speed after a lengthy injury. Surely not his best game, but we are certain that this performance is an anomaly and Klopp is unlikely too concerned.


Gini Wijnaldum: 8/10

Another busy evening for the flying Dutchman, Wijnaldum kept things simple and was his usual self; comfortable in possession and a key part of the transition between defence and attack.


Jordan Henderson: 9/10

What a player Henderson is growing into, as he carried on his excellent form of late and captained his side to another win. A goal and an assist, the Englishman put in a captain’s performance to lift the team when his colleagues were not exactly at the races.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 8/10

Scoring back-to-back goals, the Ox is having the form of his life at Liverpool. He is looking back to his very best, displaying the pace and strength that saw him once touted as one of the hottest young talents. A clever finish for his important opening goal too.


Roberto Firmino: 9/10

The effervescent Brazilian did not register a single goal, but still managed to steal the limelight with his pretty amazing celebration. Two assists for the ever brilliant Firmino and with performances as such; it is no surprise that one of the Kop’s favourite chants involves a certain Si Senor.


Mo Salah: 9/10

The Egyptian King looks back to his best, after some questionable criticism regarding his performances. Salah netted a Salah brace - one a beautiful dink over Alex McCarthy, and another an unconvincing finish after a goalmouth scramble - perhaps encapsulating his playing style: frustratingly effective. Oh, so nearly scored the goal of the season too.

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Naby Keita: 6/10

Played a couple of nice through balls, the Guinean international will be looking to get back to full fitness and break into the starting eleven.

Takumi Minamino: 6/10

Had a golden opportunity in his short cameo to score his first goal for the Reds, but his effort was put off by his own teammate Keita as it sailed over the bar.

Adam Lallana: 6/10

Came on for the captain, the Englishman had little to do but just showed the quality of the squad depth that Klopp has put together.


Man of the Match: Henderson - the captain showed exactly what a player he has grown into under Klopp, displaying the sort of desire and leadership that will surely see him lift the Premier League trophy.