Get the f**k in there lads! Brilliant performance that in both legs in my opinion and job very professionally done, in our style
Migs: Thought he commanded his box very well indeed, don't think he did as well as he could have with the shots though, but good enough in the end. 6.5
Moreno: Thought he was far better than most will give him credit for, it was a good display by Moreno who was put in the sh*t time and time again by his LCB and bailed Gini our more than a few times. Was a constant threat to them which gave us the overlaps we needed or forced their players on the back foot. 7
Lovren: I could go on all night how poor he was but on the back of a victory and a step into the CL proper then I'm going to just leave it as a 2.
Matip: In total contrast to his man next to him he was composed all night, took command when he had to and wasn't beaten by anyone that I saw, top quality as ever. 8
Trent: Thought he was terrorised by Gnabry, still some delicious crosses and the way he stepped onto the crossfield pass and nearly burst through them reminded me very much of Gerrard with a little bit more speed, not seen that in our side since. Very exciting and think we'll see that more and more as people get used to him stepping up from deep. When Gnabry went off Trent was released and sh*t all over them for a while. 6.5
Henderson: Still think he was the best of our midfielders, put in a real shift and the king of the sideways pass did the best one of the night, unselfish or not, that was the right decision and put it on a plate for the MotM. Thought he broke up play and offered quite decent protection for Trent, wasn't the same afforded for Alby though (check the tactics thread anyone wondering why). 8
Can: Very good for some of the game, very poor for other portions, thought he had a good slice of luck for the first goal but some lovely passes by Emre and put himself about much more than in the first leg, let's hope his form continues in this trajectory. Also unlucky not to get his hatty if Mane had put him in earlier he'd have had it imo, but still nearly pulled it off. 7
Gini: Started the game well but kept relying on his strength in the last 20 minutes of the first half and was getting picked on and Hoff saw a weakness there and started really exploiting it. Again fluctuated in the second half and should have had a couple of goals himself. 6.5
Mane: He's a delight to watch, when he got trod on and stood up and got the crowd going, personally I absolutely love that. Not as much as I love the way he plays football, absolute pure class and he's going to be right up there with player of the season, not just for us, but of the entire league this season imo. 8.5
Firmino: Pure class, world class tonight, despite his miss (Mane and Gini also missed 1v1s btw), the way he glued our entire attack together couldn't more evident than that first 21 minutes. Deserved more than just 1 goal and an assist tonight and was a joy to watch all evening. When you add what he did defensively, seriously watch it again if you didn't see it first time, I thought if he'd scored that 1v1 he'd have been a 10. Has to be a 9 though with that miss.
Salah: Disappointing, needs to step it up and shake off the nerves, was far better when he allowed himself to relax in pre-season but still got another goal (albeit a tap in). Still decent but he can be so much better than decent. 6.5
Milly: I like him as a late sub, his lack of pace is totally hidden and he looks a different player. 6
Gomez: To be honest he didn't have too much to do, with Gnabry off their attacks down this side had dried up completely, did what he had to do and was steady but it wasn't exactly a tough examination. 6
Klopp: That's how you shove the words down the opposition manager's throat. Could have scored 8 or 9 and we destroyed them from the off for 20 minutes or so that showed them exactly what Anfield is about. Needs to get after that lads for allowing themselves to relax too much at 3-0 up but still, it was done and we had them by the throat and ripped it out. Top stuff boss and back in the big time as we deserve, now go and buy VvD ffs!! 8.5
Well in lads!
Spot on. Kept a very close eye on Moreno tonight after everything I've read recently and he did well. Don't think he put a foot wrong positionally and other than a few sloppy passes, I think he had an excellent game. Saw a lot of people getting on his back after missing that interception in the second half, but it's a clear instruction from Klopp to try and make that interception there. If he gets that, we're on the break again and we could create a big chance. It's the risk vs reward that we read about. Maybe when we're up by two goals he shouldn't be doing it, but I don't really mind there.
Thought our midfield looked a lot more balanced than what we've seen from them in the past few games. Henderson and Can played well and Wijnaldum, even though not yet as good as we know he can be, was a lot better than what we've seen from him so far too.
And instead of everyone discrediting our own defence (which I thought, bar Lovren, was very decent), might want to actually give some credit to that excellent offensive play by Hoffenheim who created quite a few chances with very good football.
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