Liverpool Player Ratings vs Norwich
Passion along with some amount of luck helped Liverpool come back from trailing 3-1 to Norwich and win the game. It was Adam Lallana’s last minute goal that sealed the game for Liverpool. Firmino scored another brace and Milner and Henderson scored one each. Former Evertonian, Steven Naismith scored on his debut for Norwich. Wes Hoolahan, Mbokani and Passing were the other scorers for the home side in their 4-5 defeat to Liverpool. How did the Liverpool players do? Here is Liverpool’s player ratings:
Simon Mignolet – 5
Cannot be blamed for the first goal but he should have done better for Norwich’s second. He should have saved Naismith’s shot from the right side of the box. He went to the correct side for Hoolahan’s penalty but wasn’t able to save it. He did well to claim a high ball during the last minutes of the game. He is very low on confidence.
Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5
Liverpool’s best defender of the game. He was not amazing but was very reliable. He did his job properly. He tried contributing to Liverpool’s attacking game but wasn’t able to do so. He is continuing his consistency.
Kolo Toure – 5
Toure has been in good form lately, but this was a game to forget for him. He was not able to often deal with Mbokani and he struggled in defending set pieces.
Mamadou Sakho – 5.5
Like Toure, he also had a game to forget but he was slightly better than his partner. Norwich’s fourth goal had similarities to the goal Liverpool conceded against Manchester United last week. Four or five Liverpool defenders went to head the same ball and that let Bassong to have a free shot at goal. Any of the defenders should have done better and get rid of the danger.
Alberto Moreno – 4.5
The penalty he conceded will be the only thing from the game that will be remembered of him. It is not clear what exactly he was trying to do there. He was lucky the first time and still went for another tackle resulting in a penalty for Norwich. He has to improve his defending. Like always he was active in Liverpool’s attacking game.
Lucas Leiva – 5
He should have done better to deal with Naismith before he scored his goal. Lucas struggled here and there. Had a decent second half.
Emre Can – 5.5
His lack of awareness was seen in Norwich’s first two goals. He gave away possession easily at times but still had an OK game.
Jordan Henderson – 7.5
Henderson really stepped up as Liverpool’s captain. He took his goal well and acted as an inspiration for the team. Liverpool’s midfield is much better with him and against Norwich, it was very evident.
James Milner – 7
Milner is slowly setting at Liverpool. He is known for his tireless running and today his work rate was rewarded. He provided the assist for Firmino’s first and scored one. He took his goal well and finished it confidently.
Jordon Ibe – 6.5
He was one of those active attackers in the first half, but like always he was not able to bring any results. He gave a tough time for the Norwich defenders. Though his dribbling is top he is failing to bring results out of it.
Roberto Firmino – 9 (MOTM)
The Brazilian continued as Liverpool’s false 9 and continued his good form. He scored a brace against Arsenal two weeks ago and against Norwich, he scored another. He took both of his goals well. His movement up front was important for Liverpool.
Adam Lallana – 9
His arrival changed Liverpool’s game. He did extremely well to assist Firmino for his second goal. He was active in the centre and always looked like a threat. His last-minute goal won the game for Liverpool. It looked like his shot was mishit but the ball bounced off the ground and ended up in the back of the goal.
Christian Benteke – 6
Though he was on the pitch for only very minutes, he had a mixed game. At times, he looked like a threat, but sometimes he lacked movement. He is low on confidence and that is evident in his game.
Steven Caulker – N/A
Caulker again came on a late sub. This time, he came on as a defender to help Liverpool keep the lead, but he ended up as a striker after Norwich equalized during the extra time. He had a role to play in Lallana’s winner.