Liverpool 2-0 Leeds Player Ratings: kids shine

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Liverpool 2-0 Leeds – thisisanfield.com

The four teenagers who played in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Leeds on Tuesday were arguably the four best players on the pitch. 17-year-old Ben Woodburn came off the bench to make history while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria also impressed for the Reds, the promisingly-named Ronaldo Vieira catching the eye for Garry Monk’s visitors.

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – saved well from Sacko in the first half and Roofe after the break. Often a busier goalkeeper than Silvestri. 8

Trent Alexander-Arnold – instrumental in the final half hour of pressure. Solid throughout. 9
Lucas Leiva – drove the team forward in the second half. Showed admirable determination on an emotional day for his country. 8
Ragnar Klavan – shrewd performance. Waited for the right times to put the challenges in and looked assured in possession. 7
Alberto Moreno – targeted by Leeds in the first half. Did not provide enough going forward to make up for his defensive struggles. 3

Ovie Ejaria – played some good 15-yard passes and looked confident in tight spaces. A youngster to look out for. 8
Kevin Stewart – acted as a third centre-back at times. Could have been braver on the ball. 4
Emre Can – gave the ball away too much in the first half. Offered energy but capable of a much more complete performance. 3

Divock Origi – limited influence in the first half. Better in the latter stages when used centrally alongside Woodburn. 6
Sadio Mane – didn’t suit him playing centrally against a low defensive block but offered nothing, even when he moved further to the left. Thoroughly disappointing by his high standards. 2
Georginio Wijnaldum – struggled as a wide forward in the first half. Better later on when he moved into the final third from deep. 6

Ben Woodburn (on 67) – as 23 minute periods go, his was not bad. Helped increase the tempo of the game – oh, and became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer. 9
James Milner (on 82) – didn’t have the calming influence he might have hoped for in his short time on the pitch. 4
Marko Grujic (on 90+1)

Leeds United

Marco Silvestri – rarely tested in the first half. Could have been quicker off his line for both goals. 3

Gaetano Berardi – not bad considering he was starting his first game since the opening day, but was not tested too much. 5
Kyle Bartley – beginning to look one of the signings of the season in the Championship. 8
Liam Cooper – did not look out of place in the first half. One hopes his injury is not too serious. 6
Charlie Taylor – guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous areas in the first half but otherwise solid. 6

Ronaldo Vieira – tracked his runners well and put in some thumping challenges. Bossed Emre Can for much of the game. 8
Eunan O’Kane – held his position well but picked up an unfortunate injury midway through the first half. 6

Hadi Sacko – ran in behind Moreno on a few occasions but his final ball was not good enough. 3
Kemar Roofe – got into some good positions but was not used often enough in the first half. Came close to scoring twice after the break. 8
Stuart Dallas – quietened Origi in the first half. There was too much space on Leeds’ left when he came off. 6

Souleymane Doukara – worked hard but did not show the goalscorer’s instinct when required. 4

Kalvin Phillips (on 28) – better in central midfield than as in the more advanced role he played against Newcastle. 6
Luke Ayling (on 45) – lost his focus for both goals. Used to playing as a right-back where less positional discipline was required. 2
Chris Wood (on 62) – his arrival saw Leeds lose their midfield balance. Monk should have put Wood on for Doukara rather than Dallas. 3

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