Ratings: Liverpool full-backs slated in embarrassing defeat

Date published: Saturday 28th January 2017 2:25

The whole Liverpool defence had a day to forget as they crashed out of the FA Cup to Championship side Wolves on Saturday.


Loris Karius: Came out too quickly for Richard Stearman’s opening goal and failed to do anything. Couldn’t be blamed for second goal as Weimann took it round him expertly. 5

Connor Randall: Off the pace. Caught out of position for Wolves second goal as Weimann broke and scored. Substituted at half-time for Philippe Coutinho. 4

Joe Gomez: Didn’t look comfortable at centre-back today. Not enough composure on the ball and made too many misplaced passes. 5

Ragnar Klavan: At 31, Klavan would be the defender expected to organise the Liverpool defence with his vast experience. However, the defence couldn’t have looked more shambolic for both goals, especially the marking for the Wolves opener. 5

Alberto Moreno: Out of position all too often as he looked more interested in attacking than defending. Left Liverpool light at the back all match. 4

Ovie Ejaria: Largely ineffective as he tried to offer the Reds a spark. Neat and tidy on the ball but ultimately not much threat. 6

Lucas Leiva: Kept it simple but didn’t offer enough as part of a midfield three. Changed to centre-back at half-time as the Reds looked more solid at the back in the second period. Good block to deny Wolves another at the death. 5

Georginio Wijnaldum: Guilty of lots of sideways passes throughout the game as they struggled to build attacks. Caught in possession too often in the Liverpool engine room. 5

Ben Woodburn: Switched to wing-back after lacklustre first half in midfield. Massive improvement after the break with some decent runs getting Liverpool into some good positions. 6

Divock Origi: Not as lively as normal. Needed to make a lot more runs as the Reds got into the final third. Made a lot of wrong decisions. Managed to grab a tap in late on from five yards out. 5

Roberto Firmino: Looked the most likely to make something happen for the Jurgen Klopp’s side up until he was substituted – perhaps with an eye on Tuesday’s match with Chelsea. 6


Philippe Coutinho (came on for Randall 45′) Brought on to give Liverpool much-needed creative spark. Failed to break the Wolves defence down apart from the odd pot-shot. 6

Daniel Sturridge (came on for Firmino 65′) Got a nice headed assist to give Origi an easy goal. 6

Emre Can (came on for Ejaria 74′) Offered a lot of energy to Liverpool when came on. Couldn’t make the difference. 5


Harry Burgoyne 6

Conor Coady 7

Kortney Hause 7

Richard Stearman 9

Matt Doherty 8

Lee Evans 7

George Saville 7

Helder Costa 8

David Edwards 7

Andreas Weimann 7

Nouha Dicko 7


Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 7 (came on for Dicko ’71)

Joe Mason 6 (came on for Weimann ’77)

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