Liverpool ratings: Origi an Anfield legend for life; Wijnaldum the spark

Date published: Tuesday 7th May 2019 10:21

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We rate the Liverpool players after they produced an Anfield miracle to crush Barcelona 4-0 and reach the Champions League final.

Without injured duo Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool could easily have gone through the motions after losing 3-0 at the Nou Camp but Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both scored twice on a special night on Merseyside for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

And here’s how Liverpool’s heroes rated.

Alisson: Made several fine stops to keep Liverpool from avoiding the dreaded away goal. 8 (out of 10)

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Gave Liverpool much better balance than in the Nou Camp and had two brilliant assists. 8.5

Joel Matip: Solid throughout and kept Luis Suarez in check. 8

Virgil van Dijk: Imperious as ever and almost scored with a brilliant backheel. 8.5

Andrew Robertson: Typical barnstorming display before being forced off at half-time through injury. 7

Fabinho: Booked early on and had a running battle with Suarez throughout, but kept his composure. 7.5

James Milner: Another brilliant shift from the ‘versatile one’, first in midfield and then at left-back in the second half. 8

Jordan Henderson: Led front the front and made sure Liverpool dominated Barcelona’s midfield. 8

Sadio Mane: Actually had one of his quieter nights but still always a threat. 7.5 

Xherdan Shaqiri: Misplaced several passes in the first half but much better in the second as Liverpool dominated. 7

Divock Origi: Superb performance from the stand-in striker, bagged a brace and gave the Barca defenders nightmares throughout. 9

 

Subs:

Georginio Wijnaldum (on for Robertson, 45):  What an impact from the Dutchman, took both his goals superbly. 9

Joe Gomez (on for Origi, 85):  Not on long enough to warrant a mark.

Daniel Sturridge (on for Shaqiri, 90):  Not on long enough to warrant a mark.

 

 

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