Guardian player ratings from Anfield

Andy Hunter at Anfield
Sun 31 Mar 2019 19.40 BST 

Alisson Looked nervous and uncertain from the start, especially with his kicking. Better with his handling. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold Combined an effective attacking display with key challenges on Lucas and Alli inside his area. 7

Joël Matip Not always tidy but alert to Spurs’ attacking intentions and made several important interceptions. 7

Virgil van Dijk Contained Kane for the most part and steered Sissoko away from Son brilliantly. Dangerous at set-pieces. 8

Andy Robertson Another superb assist and dominant display, despite being away with Scotland in the build-up. 8

Georginio Wijnaldum Far from his best in what was a scrappy midfield display. Careless on the ball and second best in the tackle. 5

Jordan Henderson Loose in possession, like his fellow midfielders, although his cross-field ball did lead to the opener. 6

James Milner Switched the play accurately and regularly to disturb Spurs’ shape. Offered more creatively, too. 6

Mohamed Salah An eighth game without a goal and quiet in all honesty but will care not a jot after his vital contribution at the death. 6

Roberto Firmino Dispatched his only chance expertly. His touch and movement kept the Spurs defence on edge. 7

Sadio Mané Less effective than of late. Kept Trippier occupied but no real opportunity to threaten or get behind the Spurs defence. 6

Subs Divock Origi (for Henderson 77) 6, Fabinho (for Milner 77) 6, Dejan Lovren (for Salah 90) 5


Hugo Lloris Undercooked clearance for the first goal and weak handling for the second. Cost his team dearly. 4

Toby Alderweireld Spurs’ most solid defender until inadvertently deciding the outcome, although little he could do about that. 7

Davinson Sánchez Strong in the air but Firmino was his man and he lost him when Liverpool struck for their first goal. 6

Jan Vertonghen Could also have done more to prevent the breakthrough. Extremely polished on the ball, however. 7

Kieran Trippier Given a hard time by Mané and Robertson. Not as comfortable at wing-back but did well for equaliser. 6

Christian Eriksen Influence grew as game wore on. Had been a performance of nice rather than telling ideas until Lucas’s goal. 7

Moussa Sissoko Disciplined and intelligent in the holding role yet wasted a glorious chance to turn the game late on. 7

Dele Alli Sacrificed the creative side of his game to sit deeper than usual in central midfield. On the margins. 6

Danny Rose Impressed as a wing-back, unlike Trippier, with his pace and sharp passing causing problems. 8

Harry Kane Showed great awareness and precision with the free-kick that produced the equaliser but was otherwise anonymous. 6

Lucas Moura Neat control and direct running unsettled Liverpool. Hesitant inside the area, however, with the exception of his goal. 7

Subs Son Heung-min (for Sánchez 69) 7, Ben Davies (for Lucas 82) 6, Fernando Llorente (for Eriksen 90) 5

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