What a way to get back into attacking form. After facing some criticism recently due to a lack of goals and confidence Liverpool blow that all away with an empathic 5-0 victory against an in-form Watford.
Braces from Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk were sandwiched between a sublime Divock Origi goal as the Reds ran rampant. The two fullbacks were involved in all five goals as Andy Robertson picked by two assists and Trent Alexander-Arnold with assists.
Every Liverpool player played out of there skin and every one of them was excellent, so how did they rank tonight?
Alisson Becker: 8.5
Alisson had a fairly quiet night until late on when he was called to make two fantastic saves to keep a clean sheet. He turned up big when called into question and was very commanding throughout.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 10
What a return to the lineup! After many fans were left wondering why he didn’t start against Manchester United, Trent Alexander-Arnold showed Liverpool exactly what they were missing at Old Trafford. Pinpoint cross after pinpoint cross led to a hattrick of assist for the right back. The feat made him the youngest player in the league to achieve that milestone.
Joël Matip: 8
Joël Matip continues his good run of form as he was impenetrable. Underrated and often criticised, Matip has been immense alongside VVD. His height, positioning and willingness to play out from the back have been exactly what the club have needed in Gomez’s absence.
Virgil van Dijk: 10
Virgil van Dijk led the side to another clean sheet, the 16th of the season, but also played a major role at the other end of the pitch. A late brace capped off an amazing performance from the Dutchman.
Andrew Robertson: 9
Just like Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson bagged a few assists of this own. He was back to his energetic best after a few off,as he played a major role in Liverpool’s attacking play.
Fabinho was something else today. Won every header, won every tackle, seemed to get his foot on everything. He provided the perfect screen for the back-four. I would have taken something very special to get past the Brazilan today.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 7
Another solid display from Gini Wijnaldum. Did his job and did it well. He does everything the team needs him to. Tracks back when under pressure and surges forward to begin an attack.
James Milner: 8
If you didn’t see the team sheet before the match you would have been forgiven for not knowing where James Milner was playing. He popped up at right back, left back, defensive midfield, attacking midfield, left wing and right wing. Milner was all over the pitch today and gave a tireless performance as only Milner can.
Sadio Mané: 9.5
It came at a surprise to see Sadio Mané deployed as a striker, but what a masterstroke from Jürgen Klopp it was. Mané was a consistent nuisance throughout causing the Watford defenders a tough time. His two early goals set the tone for a comfortable night and his backheel was really something special. World-class.
Mohamed Salah: 8.5
Although he wasn’t on the scoresheet tonight Mohamed Salah was back to his scintillating best. On countless occasions, he left Watford defenders for dead with his searing pace and close control. Unlucky not to get a goal or two but it was great to see Salah back at it tonight.
Divock Origi: 8.5
Was seen as Roberto Firmino’s direct replacement, but Divock Origi was used on the left wing and to great effect. Before his goal Origi run up and down the pitch nonstop, aiding Robertson in defending and was providing an option in attack. He always made himself open and showed a surprising amount of confidence for someone with as little game time as he has. His well worked solo goal was the icing on the cake in what was a great performance, one that surely gives him a chance to be involved a lot more this season.
Jordan Henderson: 7
Coming on for James Milner in the 70th minute Jordan Henderson was great during his short time on the pitch playing some excellent passes and was relentless in the press.
Adam Lallana: 7
Coming on for Mané in the 78th minute, Adam Lallana surprising went up top. He didn’t have much time to make his mark but he did run his socks off trying to win back the ball.
Naby Keïta: N/A
Came on for Wijnaldum in the 84th minute. The Guinean had been suffering from illness and should return to match fitness soon.