Liverpool Echo ratings vs Barcelona

ALISSON BECKER 7 - Safe and steady, beaten by a poacher's strike, a rebound and one of the best free kicks you will ever see.

JOE GOMEZ 5 - Decent enough first half but he struggled as the game went on. His intercepted throw led to the first goal. He didn't provide quality from right back.

ANDY ROBERTSON 7 - Excelled in the first half, tackling Messi brilliantly and getting forward regularly. Was prominent as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser after the break, but then left upfield as the Reds' shape went at 3-0.

JOEL MATIP 8 - Thought he was outstanding. Mopped up so much, read the game brilliantly, passed it well. And he goes away having been part of a defence that conceded three. Done by wonderful movement from Suarez.

VIRGIL VAN DIJK 7 - Looked in control generally, but quality like this can kill any defender.

FABINHO 6 - Had his work cut out stopping Messi and Co, obviously. Robust and tenacious throughout.

JAMES MILNER 6 - Work-rate faultless, and he left one on Messi to show he wasn't cowed by the genius. Missed a big chance at 1-0 though.

NABY KEITA 6 - Had started well before getting what looked like a groin injury.

MOHAMED SALAH 8 - So much of what he did was majestic. He skinned Alba and Lenglet time and again, his touch was superb and his work rate immaculate. He tested Ter Stegen from distance, but he has to score that chance from close range. That could cost Liverpool as much as Messi's brilliance.

SADIO MANE 7 - Fearless in running at Barcelona, but like Salah missed a golden chance to get that away goal.

GINI WIJNALDUM 6 - Played as a false nine, did some good things but he isn't Roberto Firmino and it showed in some promising attacking positions.


JORDAN HENDERSON 7 - Came on and played a sublime ball to Mane. Worked hard and had quality in a lot of situations. Left ragged by the end as the game got away.

ROBERTO FIRMINO 6 - How he was missed from the start. One chance cleared off the line.

DIVOCK ORIGI N/A - Came on at 3-0. I only realised when I checked the stats.

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