UEFA Champions League: Inter Milan 0-2 Liverpool; Liverpool Players Rating vs Inter Milan
The reds performance was brilliant and full of class both in defense and attack which saw the reds eventually securing the win.
Inter 0-2 Liverpool
Champions League, San Siro
Goals: Firmino 75′, Salah 83′
Alisson – 7
Allison’s passing skills from the back was tested thanks to Inter’s high press, and he generally displayed a good range of distribution skills.
One kick from hands that fell straight on the feet of Mane in the opposition half was particularly impressive.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
The England international Felt like he was targeted but he did well most of the time defensively. However, he Couldn’t really get anything going in attack, although he sent a couple of shots flying over the bar.
Ibrahima Konate – 9
He performs like Van Dijk at times, which can only be a good thing. Uses his body well to stop opposition players and also made some good forward passes.
Virgil van Dijk – 9 (Man of the Match)
VVD made Some excellent decision making and positioning, using speed and physicality only when needed.
There were moments when Inter forwards Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko appeared to give up as they knew they couldn’t win the battle that would ensue.
Andy Robertson – 8
He created the best chance of the first half with the cross from a free-kick which Mane might have expected to score from once he got his head to it.
It was his corner, perfectly placed at the near post, which saw Firmino open the scoring with a header. An impressive display in which he was able to create a number of chances from dead-ball situations.
Fabinho – 7
His pass success was quite low, though, at less than 80%, which may be one of the reasons he was replaced by Henderson But also defended well.
Thiago – 7
He played a brilliant ball over the top for Salah in the early stages and made one vital interception in the second half in his own box.
Harvey Elliott – 6
It wasn’t necessarily a bad performance but it was no surprise to see his number come up to be replaced by Keita.
A good experience for a future star of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah – 8
Mo have been doing quite a fair job of unspectacular teamwork, holding the ball up and tracking back, while also showing the occasional glimpse of his attacking threat.
This paid off later in the game when he was able to get his name on the scoresheet, pouncing on a loose ball in the shadow of Konate to grab Liverpool’s second and put them in the driving seat in this tie. A well-taken goal.
Diogo Jota – 6
Jota was back through the middle between Mane and Salah as was the case for much of the start of the season.
Sadio Mane – 6
Headed over from a Robertson cross and was busy enough to trouble the Inter defenders, tiring them out ready for his new teammate Diaz, who replaced him in the second half.
Roberto Firmino (on for Jota, 46′) – 8
Had similar problems to Jota, and though he gave the ball away on a couple of occasions, was able to drop deep and provide an option in the build-up.
Luis Diaz (on for Mane, 59′) – 8
Didn’t take long before he was having his first shot, and was a livewire as soon as coming on. Looked as dangerous as Mane, if not more so. Really made a difference.
Jordan Henderson (on for Fabinho, 59′) – 7
Added an element of control in midfield as the Inter players tired, and this helped lay the platform for Liverpool to take the lead in this tie.
Naby Keita (on for Elliott, 59′) – 7
Like Henderson, benefitted from the work those before him had done and helped his side take control of the game.
James Milner (on for Thiago, 86′) – N/A
Helped his side see out the game, coming on for his 800th career appearance.
Jurgen Klopp – 9
The boss took the bold step of starting Elliott in his first European fixture in what was also his first start after returning from injury.
It was a show of faith that worked to some extent, but he wasn’t afraid to change things up when changes were obviously needed.