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Liverpool FC player Ratings; Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan



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Liverpool FC player Ratings; Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan

Liverpool fc qualifies for the Champions League quarter-finals despite a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan, with the away-leg goals proving key.

Champions League Last 16 2nd Leg, Anfield

Goal: Martinez 61′

Alisson – 7 (out of 10)

Allison was Beaten by lautaro Martinez bullet shot which he couldn’t do much about, having been mostly untroubled for an hour beforehand.

Good with his distribution and aerial handling, nothing too worrisome in terms of having to race out of his box and so on.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8 (Man of the Match)

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Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate with his Liverpool teammates Roberto Firmino (Getty Images)

TAA was close to scoring a free-kick just before the halftime break but most of his first half was spent far deeper than usual, with the Reds having no major need to bust a gut in attack being two goals to the good.

Joel Matip – 7

Hit the bar with a header like a cannonball.

Was mostly good in terms of defensive work but did also rattle a few cages with some overly aggressive challenges. Gifted the ball away for the Inter goal.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Totally dominant on long passes, recoveries and aerials, but Virgil definitely should have closed Martinez down a lot quicker before the strike.

Andy Robertson – 7

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Andrew Robertson (photo by Getty images)

Yeah, decent. Pretty standard Robbo fare, to be honest. What more do you need?

Fabinho – 7

He was a bit sloppy in possession early on and had a few dubious fouls go against him, but grew into the game soon after.

Thiago – 8

Alcantara was Fortunate enough not to get a pretty bad injury when Alexis Sanchez decided to tackle the outside of his knee, with the ref naturally opting against so much as a free-kick.

His ball work was absolutely sensational at times, helping craft some of our best chances and being typically solid with his midfield pressing work too.

Curtis Jones – 8

Restored to the team, he put in a really strong first-half showing with his dribbling, winning the ball back quickly and ability to switch play.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Mo’ Salah was quiet in the first half without much supply line or combination play around him.

Hit one post on a fairly easy chance, hit the other post on a brilliant right-footed finish on the bounce and generally proved unstoppable with his close control and crazy footwork in one-on-ones.

Sadio Mane – 5

Just about the brightest of the front three in the first half, through a couple of early individual moments, but had hardly anything going for him after the break.

Diogo Jota – 4

Looked like Diogo thought he was sub again for the first half of the game, given his lack of touch and movement.

Didn’t really get involved in buildup play in a positive way, lost possession far too easily and then was booked for a foul just outside the Reds’ box.

Jordan Henderson (on for Jones, 65′) – 7 – Added a bit of spark, one or two fast exchanges to move the ball on.

Naby Keita (on for Thiago, 65′) – 7 – Some really good ball-winning and one top through ball.

Luis Diaz (on for Jota, 83′) – N/A – Should have scored!

Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, Gomez, Tsimikas, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott, Minamino, Origi

Jurgen Klopp – 7

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Jurgen klopp (photo by Getty images)

Subs were fine, looked to establish midfield control, though there was definitely a case to make a half-time change with Jota coming off.

And not making five subs when he could have, just days after asking for it again, won’t go down well in some circles either.

Key: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not

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