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In a game packed with chances and goal-mouth action, it is hard to believe that it finished with only two goals. They came when James Milner converted a second half penalty and Sergio Aguero responded late on – but how did players on both teams rate?

Manchester City

Willy Caballero – a strong second half performance. No coincidence City have conceded just four goals in that eight Premier League games he’s played. 7

Fernandinho – excellent when he moved into central midfield. City needed his energy further up the pitch. 7
John Stones – one poor back-pass which led to an opening for Sane, but otherwise did ok. 6
Nicolas Otamendi – composed display. Caught out for a lack of pace on one or two occasions, but defended better than he has done. 7
Gael Clichy – slipped and then panicked, fouling Firmino for the penalty. Doesn’t have the pace he did a few years ago. 4

Yaya Toure – looked off the pace. A player of his age and nature is clearly unsuited to big games. 3
Kevin De Bruyne – excellent in the last half hour when he moved to the right wing, hitting the post and creating two good chances for Aguero. 8
David Silva – a good game, though he needs more protection from the bad tackles he gets. 7

Raheem Sterling – looked bright in the first half but was quieter when he moved to a more central role after the interval. 5
Leroy Sane – used his pace effectively in the first half, creating two of City’s better chances. Faded in the second half. 6
Sergio Aguero – took his goal ruthlessly, but was poor in the first half and missed one or two very good chances in the second. 5

Bacary Sagna (on 69) – gave the ball away too often and could have a tight groin problem. 4
Fernando (on 83)

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – untested in the first half but made a couple of good saves after the break and could do little about the goal. 7

Nathaniel Clyne – there is a worryingly clear deterioration in his 2017 performances. 4
Joel Matip – a steady performance at centre-back in which he used his physical qualities to good effect. 7
Ragnar Klavan – didn’t cut crosses out quickly enough. There were several occasions when he slid in to intercept a low cross and missed it, including Aguero’s goal. 4
James Milner – a mixed performance. Brilliant at times and took the penalty with composure, but was lucky not to have one given against him during his defensive struggles. 5

Emre Can – showed defensive displine and his excellent looping pass led to the penalty. 7
Adam Lallana – slowly grew into the game and was key to Liverpool’s better second half openings, though he should easily have scored one of them. 6
Georginio Wijnaldum – snide and ruthless when needed, but did not offer much in possession. 5

Sadio Mane – Liverpool’s most threatening player during their sticky early spell and was at times deployed as a central counter-attacking option. Could have won a penalty. 7
Roberto Firmino – grew into the game after a quiet first hour. Won the penalty and set up Lallana for a sitter. 6
Philippe Coutinho – did little to quell question marks about whether he poses enough of a goal threat for the position he plays in. 3

Divock Origi (on 73) – lacked the pace required to play on the right wing. 3
Lucas Leiva (on 89)