Liverpool player ratings vs City - Mohamed Salah stars as defensive struggles continue
Ian Doyle gives his player ratings as Liverpool draw 1-1 with Man City in Community Shield but lose 5-4 in penalty shootout
ByI an Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
17:15, 4 AUG 2019
Alisson Becker 6
Could have done better with Sterling's opener, even if it was admittedly from very close range. Saved well from Jesus and later Sterling, though.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 5
Struggled with the diagonal over the top, first with Sane and then Jesus. Very difficult first half but improved marginally after the break before being subbed.
Joe Gomez 6
Caught napping by Sterling early on, when he struggled to justified his inclusion ahead of Matip. Got better with more composure after the break, later moving to right-back.
Virgil van Dijk 7
As is often the case in these encounters, City kept the the ball away from him. Solid when needed and unlucky when hitting the underside of the bar. Good assist for the equaliser, too.
Andy Robertson 6
Not quite his usual self going forward first half, both in terms of distribution and awareness. Like so many of this team-mates, though, stepped it up second half.
Found it tough going in the first quarter when Liverpool kept losing the ball. Once the Reds got themselves on an even keel, he was much more instrumental. Subbed.
Gini Wijnaldum 6
A couple of good touches on the right of the midfield three but swarmed upon too often first half. Shifted to the left of midfield and then as the number six during the second half and improved. Was only player to miss in shoot-out.
Jordan Henderson 6
Attempted to get Liverpool into the game but didn't really get anywhere first half. More involved immediately after the break, though, as the Reds dominated.
Mohamed Salah 8
Liverpool's best player. Struck the post twice and forced Bravo into a number of saves and Walker into a ridiculous goalline clearance, and clever feet on one run had the crowd purring. City were scared of the Egyptian.
Roberto Firmino 7
Tested Bravo and created a chance for Salah, both through neat footwork. His link-up play remains as cute as ever, and as the first press he remains unsurpassed.
Divock Origi 6
Bit of a mixed bag, with a couple of powerful runs followed by a few daft mistakes. At times, though, his power was impressive.
Joel Matip (for Alexander-Arnold 67) 7
Got himself out of mess soon after his introduction with some good defending, and then headed a welcome equaliser.
Naby Keita (for Fabinho 67) 7
Always looked to get Liverpool moving forward after his inclusion, and drew a good stop from Bravo.
Adam Lallana (for Henderson 79)
Instantly involved in the final third and pressed well.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Firmino 78)
Welcome minutes for the midfielder.
Xherdan Shaqiri (for Origi 79)
Almost scored at Bravo's near post.
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