Roberto Firmino was lauded by the papers following Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition of Manchester City – while Eliaquim Mangala was slated.
Brazilian forward Firmino scored the Reds’ third and also played a part in the opening two, forcing the sorry Mangala to turn the ball into his own goal and teeing up compatriot Philippe Coutinho for the second.
The 24-year-old’s best performance since moving to Anfield earned the former Hoffenheim man an average rating of 8, although that is brought down by The Sun’s harsh 7.
Reds fans must be licking their lips at the growing understanding between their two Brazilian attackers. On Saturday Coutinho – who was the star of the victory at Chelsea – played the role of the sidekick and was rewarded with their second highest average rating of 7.5.
Ever-improving Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno, meanwhile, also stands out with a 7.25 average.
The ratings don’t make pretty readings for Manchester City’s players and in truth would be worse were it not for The Sun’s bizarre scoring – no player in a blue shirt was given less than a six despite their defensive horror show.
Centre-half Mangala simply could not cope with Liverpool’s intense pressing and pacy counter-attacks – never even mind the own-goal – and comes out with an average of 4.25, The Telegraph even gave the Frenchman a 3. Strangely, The Sun somehow gave the 24-year-old a 6.
Yaya Toure – substituted at half-time – fared only slightly better and was also give a 3 by The Telegraph, resulting in a marginally better average of 4.5, while Raheem Sterling will not have enjoyed his first encounter against his former club, scoring a lowly 4.75 average.
Manchester City ratings