Liverpool 3 Manchester United 1 – Here's how the players rated as Liverpool claim bragging rights at Anfield

Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Manchester United. Here’s how the players rated.


ALISSON BECKER: Having saved Liverpool’s Champions League bacon in midweek, the Brazilian’s composure on the ball was matched by unwanted complacency as he failed to deal with Romelu Lukaku’s first-half cross and Jesse Lingard scored. Did not have much else to do other than that. 5

NATHANIEL CLYNE: Handed his first Premier League start since May, the marauding right-back was an attacking threat and held his own defensively in an impressive display. 7

DEJAN LOVREN: One of four changes to the Napoli match, he did his job when required but wasted a great chance to make it 2-0 and is not always the most reassuring presence. 6

VIRGIL VAN DIJK: The world’s most expensive defender showed his class, bossing Lukaku with relative ease and providing an attacking threat. 7

ANDREW ROBERTSON: Although his set-pieces were not great, the impressive left-back did his work diligently and was a force down the flank. 7

GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM: A solid presence on the ball, he rarely looked flustered in the heart of the Liverpool midfield. 7

FABINHO: The former Manchester United target was brought into the side on Sunday and added energy, bite and some guile, with his fine pass leading to Sadio Mane’s opener. 8

NABY KEITA: Another added to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, he was a pest but Liverpool needed more as the match wore on. 6

MOHAMED SALAH: While this was a seventh match in which he failed to score or assist a goal against the big six, it was not for lack of trying. 7

ROBERTO FIRMINO: Movement off the ball was as impressive as his hunger on it, unsettling the United backline. 7

SADIO MANE: A nuisance from the outset, he produced a lovely touch and finish under pressure to put Liverpool ahead. Great work down the left brought the second goal that killed off the visitors. 8


XHERDAN SHAQIRI (for Keita, 70): Justified his introduction within minutes, with his deflected shot going in off the underside of the United bar. Shaqiri wrapped up victory with another. 8

JORDAN HENDERSON (for Mane, 84): Allowed Liverpool to see out the match. 6


DAVID DE GEA: Fumed at United’s defence after conceding Mane’s opener and, as so often, produced a number of decent saves. Could do nothing to prevent Shaqiri’s deflected efforts. 7

DIOGO DALOT: A few nervy moments from the teenager, who was an attacking outlet down the right before his half-time withdrawal. 5

MATTEO DARMIAN: Did a solid job on the right-hand side of United’s back three, then again as right-back when United switched formation at the break. 6

ERIC BAILLY: Parachuted into the starting line-up after Chris Smalling pulled out due to an injury in the warm-up, he started sloppily. Unfortunate to turn in Shaqiri’s second. 5

VICTOR LINDELOF: Back in the side after a groin injury, the ring rust was evident at Anfield. 5

ASHLEY YOUNG: Often does a good job at full-back but showed the awareness of a winger when letting Mane in to open the scoring. Some good moments and unlucky that Shaqiri’s shot went in off him for Liverpool’s second goal. 6

NEMANJA MATIC: Cumbersome and slow in possession, he is not in the best of form right now. 4

ANDER HERRERA: Relishes such occasions and a pain to play against, breaking up the play but creating little. 5

JESSE LINGARD: Subject of criticism for launching a clothing line, quietened some of the detractors by drawing United level. Impact waned as match wore on. 6

MARCUS RASHFORD: Looked United’s biggest threat in the first half but tailed off. 5

ROMELU LUKAKU: Offside as Young’s early free-kick went in – the only impact he had on the match until his cross was spilt and Lingard scored. Bossed by Van Dijk. 4


MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Dalot, 46): Introduced to solidify the midfield and change to a back four, the imposing midfielder failed to make a telling impact. 5

ANTHONY MARTIAL (for Herrera, 79): A late roll of the dice that came moments before Shaqiri’s second. 5

JUAN MATA (for Lingard, 85): An even later change with the game over. 5

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