Watford v Liverpool ratings: Can spectacular; Lallana sublime

Date published: Monday 1st May 2017 10:41

Liverpool grabbed a huge three points in their bid to secure Champions League football after a 1-0 win at Watford and we rate the players.

WATFORD

Heurelho Gomes: Made a couple of excellent stops and had some slightly hairy moments. Gomes in a nutshell. 7

Daryl Janmaat: Tried to get forward but not as comfortable playing on the left. 6

Miguel Britos: Had top go off early on and had little impact on the game. 6

Sebastian Prodl: Strong in the tackle but spurned a great chance to level in injury-time when he hit the bar. Booked. 6

Adrian Mariappa: Solid display but struggled with Divock Origi’s movement at times. 6

Nordin Amrabat: Plenty of effort down the right but lacking a final ball. 6

Tom Cleverley: Non-stop engine but normal quality on the ball was missing. 6

Etienne Capoue: Watford’s best player until he was subbed as the Hornets looked for an equaliser. Booked. 7

Abdoulaye Doucoure: Plenty of endeavour but Liverpool’s midfield movement caused him problems. 6

M’Baye Niang: Started brightly but faded badly. 6

Troy Deeney: Not his normal self, first touch was not the best and he was a frustrated figure. 6

Substitutes

Christian Kabasele (On for Britos, 18 minutes): Made no real impact. 6

Isaac Success (On for Capoue, 72 minutes): Only impact on the game was to get booked. 5

Stefano Okaka (On for Amrabat, 85 minute): Looked quite lively when he came on but little time to make an impact. 6

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: Not much to do for Reds stopper but had a solid night. 6

Nathaniel Clyne: Got forward well, as always, but rarely tested defensively. 7

Joel Matip: Powerful display from the giant defender. 7

Dejan Lovren: Much more comfortable night after his troubles against Crystal Palace. 7

James Milner: Mr Dependable but not as good on the ball as he usually is. 6

Emre Can: His winning goal alone was worth a 10! Good all-round display from the German star. 8

Lucas Leiva: Put in his usual shift and produced a pinpoint pass for the winning goal. 7

Georginio Wijnaldum: Not really involved and had one of his quieter games of the season. 6

Roberto Firmino: Didn’t have his normal impact on the game. 6

Divock Origi: Ran the channels well and provided a good focal point for his side. 7

Philippe Coutinho: Looked lively early on before going off with a dead leg. 6

Substitutes

Adam Lallana (On for Coutinho, 12 minutes): Like he’d never been away. His first touch is sublime at times and was so unlucky to see a volley hit the bar. 7

Daniel Sturridge (On for Origi, 83 minutes): Didn’t have long to make an impact. 6

Ragnar Klavan (On for Lallana, 86 minutes): Brought on to strengthen the defence in the closing minutes. 6

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