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Manchester City vs Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Final Score: Man City 1 – 4 Liverpool

Competition: Premier League

Date: 21 November 2015

Stadium: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)

Liverpool’s Starting XI

22 Simon Mignolet: 7.5

Liverpool shot-stopper’s goalkeeping was impressive on Saturday evening.

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Nathaniel Clyne: 6

The England international had made several sloppy passes and was in fairly a bad form comparing to his excellent performance in the previous games.

37 Martin Skrtel: 8.5

Although Skrtel was partially responsible for Sergio Agüero’s goal, but his overall defensive display was brilliant and his superb goal in 81st minute helped the Reds truly put the game to bed.

6 Dejan Lovren: 6.5

The Croatian was still a bit nervy and shaky from time to time.

18 Alberto Moreno: 7

Moreno accomplished his task as left-back adequately.

7 James Milner: 7

Liverpool’s current captain put in a fine performance at both ends.

21 Lucas Leiva: 7.5

The 28-year-old was reliable as always this term.

23 Emre Can: 7

Liverpool midfielder made an excellent backheel pass that led to a fantastic team goal, but he also gave away possession easily in the game.

10 Philippe Coutinho: 8.5

The Brazilian was absolutely the core of Liverpool’s offense and always a joy to watch.

11 Roberto Firmino: 7

The former Hoffenheim forward had some fantastic moment in the early stages of the game, but he wasted too many chances after netting his first Premier League goal this season.

20 Adam Lallana: 7

Lallana’s link-up play with Liverpool’s attackers was successful and effective.

Substitutes

9 Christian Benteke (↑77′): 5

Liverpool front man showed why he didn’t deserve a starting place by squandering a glorious opportunity during one counter-attack.

33 Jordon Ibe (↑68′): 5.5

The youngster provided energy for the Reds coming off the bench, but his horrible handle of one highly promising counter-attack still showed his immaturity and lack of class.

 

Manchester City’s Starting XI

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1 Joe Hart: 7

Joe Hart’s excellent performance was what kept Manchester City’s hope alive for the majority of the game.

3 Bacary Sagna: 5

The former Arsenal full-back’s poor defensive display was accountable for the humiliating result.

20 Eliaquim Mangala: 4

Manchester City defender was completely lost after making a terrible own goal. His performance was a nightmare for himself as well as his side.

26 Martín Demichelis 4.5

The Argentine’s poor positioning was brutally exposed and exploited by the Reds.

11 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Kolarov made fine contribution on the offensive side, but he could have done better defensively.

6 Fernando: 5.5

The Brazilian failed to provide more protection for the backline of Manchester City.

17 Kevin De Bruyne: 6.5

Manchester City playmaker remained a threat to Liverpool’s defense throughout his 90 minutes.

42 Yaya Touré: 5

The high-profile midfielder was almost invisible in the game and was substituted in the second half.

7 Raheem Sterling: 5.5

The former Liverpool winger failed to deliver his dangerous pace against his old club.

15 Jesús Navas: 5

The Spaniard’s performance was fairly forgettable.

10 Sergio Agüero: 7.5

The Argentina international was world class as always. His stunning goal made people wonder is there anything he can’t do on the pitch, but fitness was still his biggest enemy.

Substitutes

25 Fernandinho (↑45′): 6

Manchester City midfielder was certainly an improvement for the defense of his side.

18 Fabian Delph (↑45′): 5.5

The England international was working hard coming in the second half, but sadly no more than that.

72 Kelechi Iheanacho (↑66′): 5

The young striker had been a bit wasteful and failed to continue his previous good form.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for your input, Waz. Different opinions are always welcome.

    Firstly, just to clarify, I watched every minute of the game. Otherwise, I will considered myself highly disrespectful to all the players even the ratings were just my personal opinion.

    I never meant to diminish Roberto Firmino’s contribution with his one goal, one assist and credit for City’s own goal. And yet it was disappointing to see him consecutively wasted five decent chances to really seal the win for Liverpool in the 34m, 35m, 59m, 61m(tardy pass to Coutinho), 70m.

    Especially in the 59th minute when the Brazilian’s predictable shot was blocked by Joe Hart, you could actually see how frustrated Jurgen Klopp reacted because a simple straight low shot aimed at the near post was enough to do the job, not to mention dribbling past the goal keeper.

    The wasted chances were easily forgettable when it was a 4 -1 victory. But suppose it was a defeat, a draw, or Manchester City took their chances a little better, would you feel the same looking back to the replays?

    In terms of Sergio Agüero’s 7.5 rating, by watching the whole game, I was aware of the flow of the game. After Liverpool got its third in only the 32nd minute, City’s morale hit the “rock bottom”. Hadn’t Sergio Agüero created a stunning goal out of absolute nothing, Manchester City would easily suffered a more humiliating defeat on Saturday night. But Agüero’s goal put them right back to the game and Liverpool was under pressure till Skrtel’s brilliant effort in the 81st minute.

    And it is this kind of the exceptional talent that is truly able to support a team to compete with the elite clubs in Europe. I recalled when Manchester City was up against Barcelona in the UEFA Champion League, the game was even more one-sided despite City’s best effort. No one were able to make any real contribution on the offensive side except that one combination play of City’s best talents David Silva and Sergio Agüero created one goal to preserve their side’s dignity.

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    What I’m saying is Roberto Firmino is a player who can make a goal out of every 4 or 5 chances while Sergio Agüero only needs 1 or 2. If we merely are looking to the match stats, Roberto Firmino is undoubtedly favorable. But it was also a match that told people what a world class player means.

    I applaud for Roberto Firmino’s performance and I certainly hope he will become more of a finisher in front of the goal as a Liverpool’s fan myself.
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    Thank you again for viewing my article and your comment.

  2. Ibe ‘lack of class.’ You have no idea what you are talking about. I’ve read lots of match reports and I think you are the only one who rated Aguero over Firmino. There is NO way this writer watched the game, absolutely no chance. Poor, poor article.

    • Thank you so much for your input, Waz. Different opinions are always welcome.

      Firstly, just to clarify, I watched every minute of the game. Otherwise, I will considered myself highly disrespectful to all the players even the ratings were just my personal opinion.

      I never meant to diminish Roberto Firmino’s contribution with his one goal, one assist and credit for City’s own goal. And yet it was disappointing to see him consecutively wasted five decent chances to really seal the win for Liverpool in the 34m, 35m, 59m, 61m(tardy pass to Coutinho), 70m.

      Especially in the 59th minute when the Brazilian’s predictable shot was blocked by Joe Hart, you could actually see how frustrated Jurgen Klopp reacted because a simple straight low shot aimed at the near post was enough to do the job, not to mention dribbling past the goal keeper.

      The wasted chances were easily forgettable when it was a 4 -1 victory. But suppose it was a defeat, a draw, or Manchester City took their chances a little better, would you feel the same looking back to the replays?

      In terms of Sergio Agüero’s 7.5 rating, by watching the whole game, I was aware of the flow of the game. After Liverpool got its third in only the 32nd minute, City’s morale hit the “rock bottom”. Hadn’t Sergio Agüero created a stunning goal out of absolute nothing, Manchester City would easily suffered a more humiliating defeat on Saturday night. But Agüero’s goal put them right back to the game and Liverpool was under pressure till Skrtel’s brilliant effort in the 81st minute.

      And it is this kind of the exceptional talent that is truly able to support a team to compete with the elite clubs in Europe. I recalled when Manchester City was up against Barcelona in the UEFA Champion League, the game was even more one-sided despite City’s best effort. No one were able to make any real contribution on the offensive side except that one combination play of City’s best talents David Silva and Sergio Agüero created one goal to preserve their side’s dignity.

      ***************************************************************************
      What I’m saying is Roberto Firmino is a player who can make a goal out of every 4 or 5 chances while Sergio Agüero only needs 1 or 2. If we merely are looking to the match stats, Roberto Firmino is undoubtedly favorable. But it was also a match that told people what a world class player means.

      I applaud for Roberto Firmino’s performance and I certainly hope he will become more of a finisher in front of the goal as a Liverpool’s fan myself.
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      Thank you again for viewing my article and your comment.

    • In term of Jordon Ibe’s 5.5 rating, please refer to this clip http://tinypic.com/r/20t3wp3/9 because I believe it wasn’t included in any of the highlight of the game. From it, you could tell that in this counter-attack, Jordon Ibe was a bit indecisive and hesitant so that he slowed down in the process.

      But, more importantly, class player is all about decision and doing the right things in the right time.

      This is an example of poor decision making, trying to do it on his own and dribble past the defender when a through ball to Emre Can will penetrate City’s vulnerable defense. Or even just pass the ball to Christian Benteke on the left flank and get himself into a better position would be acceptable. But at the end, his unremarkable skill failed him and put a stop on what could be a rewarding counter-attack.

      This is what an immature young player will act like in this particular situation – overly confident, a bit selfish and eventually missing the best timing to pass the ball. This kind of the use of the ball is unacceptable when you are building towards the top four teams in Premier League.

      Jordon Ibe is one of a few wide players in the current Liverpool squad that could provide speed and pace, but the youngster still has a lot to learn to fully exert his ability.

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