Player Ratings: Liverpool vs West Brom (Two points dropped for the Reds)

The Premier League saw the return of the Sam Allardyce effect in full force as the Reds were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against a plucky West Brom side.


With both Manchester United and Leicester City having had to share points, it was the perfect opportunity for Jurgen Klopp's side to extend their lead at the top.


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However, a poor second-half showing at Anfield allowed the Baggies a lifeline back into the game — an 82nd-minute Semi Ajayi header meant that the visitors were leaving with a point.



Alisson Becker: 7/10


Had virtually nothing to do in a first-half entirely dominated by Liverpool, the Brazilian kept his side in the game with a good stop from Karlan Grant in the second half. Handled the ball well the entire game, and could not do anything about Ajayi goal.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7/10


The right-back was heavily involved in the Reds attack — especially in the first 45 — constantly finding himself in ideal offensive positions. Some of his crosses were poor, but it was an overall solid outing for Alexander-Arnold, who is looking closer and closer to his best.


Joel Matip: 7/10


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The Cameroon defender looked extremely comfortable in the first half, but once again picked up another injury. Picked out Sadio Mane with a delightful ball for the goal — losing Matip again will be a frustrating setback for Klopp, especially as he looked like he had struck a formidable partnership alongside Fabinho.


Fabinho: 7/10


The Brazilian produced yet another stellar performance at the heart of the defence. Hardly put a foot wrong in the game and dealt with the threat of the West Brom's forwards well. Fabinho will be disappointed not to keep the clean sheet, but it was another encouraging performance by him — who you would think Klopp will be depending on a whole lot more after Matip's injury.


Andy Robertson: 6/10


One of his quieter days as Alexander-Arnold took charge of the attacking duties, Robertson still constantly found himself in the final third. Liverpool's left flank of Robertson and Mane — one of the most dangerous pair in the league — found no joy throughout the match; marshalled well by the impressive Darnell Furlong,


Jordan Henderson: 6/10


Showed plenty of urgency and verve to dictate the tempo of the game, but the skipper lacked his usual quality especially in the attacking half today. Completely dominated the midfield in the first half, but lost more and more control as the game went on, giving the Baggies more confidence as the minutes ticked by.


Gini Wijnadlum: 6/10


Gave his all once again and put in yet another good shift with plenty of running. However, Wijnaldum failed to stamp his mark and was somewhat missing in the second half as the overall team performance faltered. The Dutchman looks like he could use a break.



Curtis Jones: 5/10


One of his poorer performances since he forced his way brilliantly into the first team, Jones will be disappointed with his showing tonight. Gave away the ball that led to the corner which the Baggies equalized from, the young midfielder — who has been one of the stand-out performers of the season thus far — was caught dwelling on the ball a touch too long on several occasions.


Mo Salah: 5/10


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The Egyptian was found missing the entire match and failed to leave his usual mark on the game. Salah struggled against Kieran Gibbs, which pretty much sums up your night. Another one of those frustrating games where nothing seemed to have gone right for the team's top scorer.


Roberto Firmino: 7/10


Looked the one most likely to make something happen, it was surprising to see Klopp haul off the Brazilian in the latter stages of the game. Firmino was involved in all of the team's positive play, linking the attack well with sublime flicks that will make its way into highlight reels. Almost scored a header right at the death, but was denied by a stunning save.


Sadio Mane: 7/10


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Took his goal expertly, Mane's excellent control and instinctive finish put the Reds ahead early in the game. The Senegalese then fizzled out as the match went on, with West Brom's right-back Furlong keeping him relatively quiet.



Substitutes


Rhys Williams: 6/10


The young defender replaced the injured Matip and was caught out on one occasion; his lack of pace brutally exposed by Grant, who almost scored. To his credit, Williams then recovered well and slowly settled into the game.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5/10


Always good to see Oxlade-Chamberlain get some minutes on the pitch, but the English midfielder showed a couple of rusty touches when brought on. Probably needs a couple more games before he returns to his best.


Divock Origi: N.A


 

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