Match Ratings: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United (We're gonna win the league!)

Liverpool secured an important victory at Anfield; the 2-0 win saw them march to a 16 point lead at the top, 30 ahead of Manchester United. But you have a sense that it was not so much about the points tonight, but rather sending a bold statement to the rest of the league with a significant win over their arch rivals, who once threatened to knock the Reds off their f****** perch.


Alisson Becker: 9/10

A couple of loose first touches and a few awkward passes might make fans uneasy, but we have long come to terms with it now. The Brazilian is so confident in his abilities that really we shouldn’t be too worried. He makes catching the ball look so easy, perhaps he should give his opposite number David de Gea a couple of tips.


How about the assist? We dare bet our last dollar that 19 out of 20 of the league’s goalkeepers would have caught the ball, go down, roll a couple of times to the left, and then to the right, before kicking the ball way into the corner to eat up some time.


But our goalkeeper just happens to be the one out of the rest.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8/10

Another game, another assist. It is crazy to think how an assist each game is almost the minimum we have come to expect from this young Scouser, such is the ability of his deliveries. We once thought we had attacking full-backs with the likes of Glen Johnson and Nathaniel Clyne – no disrespect, but Alexander-Arnold is on a whole new level – a level probably only he currently occupies in world football.


Ole Gunner Solskjaer could have lined up Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young, Diego Dalot and even Patrice Evra on that left flank, but they wouldn’t have stood a chance.


Andy Robertson: 7/10

Probably not as effective as his counterpart today, but Robertson put in a proper shift that we have all grown accustomed to. Defending was superb, marshaled Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka well – ensuring chances were kept at a premium. His lung bursting runs forward always gave the team an outlet on the left, with Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum constantly finding the Scot.


Joe Gomez: 7/10

At this rate, the young English defender will no doubt grow into one of the best centre backs in the world. He has all the attributes to succeed at the highest level, and was required to utilize his pace and power today to keep the likes of Martial fairly quiet.


Virgil van Dijk: 9/10

We have officially run out of superlatives to describe the Dutch colossal. Can we just input his song in here?


A goal, clean sheet, and 10000 headers won – including one against the supposed most expensive defender to score the goal. Enough said.


Gini Wijnaldum: 9/10

The other Dutchman showed just how important he is, putting in the type of effective performance that will typically go under the radar. He was everywhere at Anfield – cleaning up loose balls, setting up attacks, nut-megging opponents and ensuring everything was ticking in the team.


Wijnaldum showed tremendous energy once again and is so strong in possession, showing Fred and Nemanja Matic exactly how it’s done. Could have scored one of the goals of the season too, but was correctly ruled out for offside.


Jordan Henderson: 8/10

Another incredible performance in the no. 6 role, Henderson has been doing a fantastic job to ensure Fabinho’s absence is not felt. His leadership shone throughout the match too, ensuring that the Reds put up yet another effective and professional performance.


The captain was seen barking at Trent late in the first half after an untidy throw-in, which just shows the levels the team expects to be at. Unlucky not too score too, after a rasping left foot effort which saw De Gea pushed it against the post.


Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 8/10

One of Chamberlain’s best performances this season, the number 15 was superb today. He displayed the attacking instincts which he was known for, threading in a couple of excellent through balls, combined with a good defensive shift to ensure the Reds dominated the midfield battle. He was tidy in possession too, ensuring the Reds enjoyed majority of the ball in most spells of the game. No coincidence that possession swung when he was taken off.


Sadio Mane: 7/10

Relatively quiet by his incredibly high standards, the Senegalese always faced a tough task against the defensively astute Wan-Bissaka. But he did come out on top more often than not in his duels and had a couple of good opportunities which we bet he would have buried if it was on his stronger foot.


Roberto Firmino: 8/10

No goals, but yet another incredible performance from the Brazilian striker. He is so good with the ball, with his trickery and close control making him excellent in tight situations. You would almost expect him to always come out with the ball despite having three opponents surrounding him, with a little moment of Samba magic.


Sat Wan-Bissaka down on his backside with a couple of lovely feints, with outrageous skills the Kop is no stranger to, but surely something the poor fullback is still reeling from.


Mo Salah: 9/10

Probably a 6 out of 10 just before his goal, Mo Salah was having one of his quieter games; even missing a golden opportunity which we believe even Anthony Martial can score. But his injury time goal just underlined the Egyptian’s importance, and also more crucially the importance of working out and a good diet.


Commentator neatly sums up the lung bursting effort – “Salah doing a Salah run”. And poor Dan James too, learning that pace alone will not cut it in the Premier League.


Substitutions


Adam Lallana: 6/10

The Englishman did not have much of an impact as we would have expected when he came on for the Ox. Lallana just kept things simple and ticking, which was perhaps the thing that was needed at that point in the game.


Fabinho: 6/10

Klopp threw another body in front of the back four as Manchester United applied more pressure late in the game. Too little time to make an impact, but it is excellent news for the team that he is now fit again.


Divock Origi: 6/10

The Belgian did not have too much time too, but provided the team with an option up front with his presence and pace. As usual, an excellent weapon off the bench.

Man of the Match: Alisson – just for the iconic celebration, and the reason behind the celebration.