Liverpool 2-0 Southampton: Player Ratings | Premier League

In the final game of an empty Anfield, the Reds ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Thiago.
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After an unexpected two weeks of rest, due to our postponed game against Manchester United, Liverpool welcomed Southampton.

Despite two weeks of inactivity, Liverpool suffered four more injury problems as  James Milner, Naby Keita, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were all sidelined for Saturday's game. 

Liverpool made two changes from the lineup that drew 1-1 to Newcastle, Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino made way for Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips respectively, the latter returning from injury. 

Fabinho moved into the midfield handing over the centre-back position to Phillips, and the front four became a front three again, Klopp returning to his favoured 4-3-3 lineup.

A game which was average for Liverpool, they still managed to run out as 2-0 winners. Goals from Sadio Mané and Thiago Alcantara secured a win which might give Liverpool hopes of a top 4 finish.

Here are the player ratings 

ALISSON BECKER  8

The best Liverpool player on the pitch tonight, his massive save came just seconds before Mané's opening goal. 

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 7.5

Decent defensive, class offensively.  Another good game by our right back.

RHYS WILLIAMS 7

Yet another game into which the 19-year-old got thrown into. He stood his ground mostly but he was clearly not at ease.

NATHANIEL PHILLIPS 6.5

His return brought back that aerial assurance. He was huge in set pieces and had a good chance to score a header in the first half as well. Wasn't a confident display overall, though.

ANDREW ROBERTSON 7

What he had wasn't a bad game at all, but by his standards, it was average.

FABINHO TAVARES 7

Didn't look like himself at all, kept getting caught out. Sorted himself out after half time.

GEORGINIO WJINALDUM 6.5

No creativity, no desire to create chances. Watching Wjinaldum is becoming rather stale.

THIAGO ALCANTARA 8

Thiago endured a slow start, losing duels in the first half. His pass before the opener, though, was absolutely exquisite. His second half was much better and he (finally) scored his first Liverpool goal.

SADIO MANÉ 8

Despite missing a great chance, after a beautiful ball from Alexander-Arnold, he opened the scoring, his first goal of 2021 in Anfield. This was his best game in quite some time.

DIOGO JOTA 6.5

Apart from a stunning pass to Salah, he later squandered a good chance, Jota had no noticeable influence in the game. 

MOHAMED SALAH 7

His pinpoint cross for the Reds opener ensured it was harder to miss than score, although he did miss a couple of big chances, one which he would've smashed into the back of the net any day.

SUBSTITUTES 

ROBERTO FIRMINO 7

Didn't get many minutes but played some part in Thiago's goal.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN N/A

CURTIS JONES N/A