Everton 0-1 Liverpool Player Ratings: clever Klavan

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Everton 0-1 Liverpool

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Liverpool’s 1-0 Merseyside Derby victory at Goodison Park. Bad substitutions and a lazy attitude from forward players cost Everton, while shrewd early defending from centre-backs and high-intensity second half attacks were key for the Reds.

Everton

Stekelenburg – one shaky moment in the first half. Rarely tested before being taken off due to injury on 62 minutes. 5

Seamus Coleman – his marauding runs were key to Everton’s bright start, but he rarely had the chance to get forward in the second half. 7
Ashley Williams – Origi tried to battle with the Welshman, which fed into his hands. Might have struggled more had he faced a striker running in behind. 5
Funes Mori – got stuck in, too much for the liking of some but looked up for the battle. Headed wide in the first half. 6
Leighton Baines – gave Clyne too much space to get crosses in and offered little in attack. 3

Idrissa Gueye – he was everywhere in the first half. Best Everton player to play 90 minutes, not for the first time. 7
James McCarthy – one of the major controlling influences early on. His half-time departure was partly what swung the tide. 8
Ross Barkley – needed to offer more out of possession, especially when Everton were losing control. 3

Enner Valencia – could have been more productive with the ball, but his team missed his raw pace when he went off. 6
Romelu Lukaku – used his strength to force Liverpool’s defenders back early on, but got lazy in the second half. 3
Aaron Lennon – offered next to nothing all evening. Even the team’s good start was largely to do with play on the opposite flank. 2

Gareth Barry (on 45) – did not offer the same energy and dynamism as McCarthy. 2
Joel Robles (on 64) – showed good reflexes to deny Firmino but made a mistake for the goal. 4
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (on 73) – didn’t have the best impact, Toffees missed Valencia’s energy. 4

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – one dangerous misplaced pass in the first half, but rarely tested throughout. 6

Nathaniel Clyne – not his energetic self in the first half. Improved in the second when a lot of the play went through him, though his final ball was hit and miss. 5
Dejan Lovren – defended shrewdly and read the game well. 8
Ragnar Klavan – a lack of protection and Lukaku’s power meant it would have been unwise to attack the Belgian. Rightly stepped off him in the first 20 minutes, then grew more dominant. 9
James Milner – struggled to get to grips with Coleman early on. Got forward more in the second half but too often cut onto his right foot, meaning Liverpool lacked width. 4

Georginio Wijnaldum – not enough driving runs in the first half. More creative in the second. 5
Jordan Henderson – too slow in possession and made too many safe passes. 3
Adam Lallana – the best midfielder of the three. Fulfilled a more circumspect role than usual but still showed flashes of tidy footwork. 7

Sadio Mane – worked hard all evening. Always looked to make things happen and became more productive in the second half. 7
Divock Origi – not his best game. Missed the target from a good first half chance and did not show ruthlessness in the penalty area. 3
Roberto Firmino – looks uncomfortable with the tracking back requirements of playing on the left, slow to get out to Coleman early on. Pressing from a central area comes more naturally. 4

Daniel Sturridge (on 82) – made an impact from the bench and his shot led to Mane’s tap-in. 8
Emre Can (on 82) – victory means he will be forgiven for that terrible, hard sideways pass that went out for a throw-in. 5
Lucas Leiva (on 90+8)

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