Liverpool 2-1 Aston Villa: Player Ratings

Find out how the Liverpool players performed this afternoon in their Anfield outing against Aston Villa.
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After Tuesday night's shocking performance at Madrid, the Reds returned to Premier League action tonight against 10th placed Aston Villa, in their quest for securing another season of Champions League football.

There were a total of two changes in the lineup from Tuesday night's Champions League game, Naby Keita giving way for James Milner, and Roberto Firmino coming in for Sadio Mané. 

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In a dominating game, the Reds, yet again, conceded first due to a defensive mistake. Liverpool thought they had equalized though Roberto Firmino before the half time whistle, before VAR intervened and ruled out the goal in disgraceful fashion.

Mohamed Salah grabbed the equalizer early in the first half before a stunning Trent Alexander-Arnold strike in the 91st minute secured the 3 points to the name of the Merseyside outfit.

Here are the player ratings.

Liverpool Starting Eleven

ALISSON BECKER 6.5

Had an absolute howler with the Villa opener. Other than that, was decent when called into action.

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD 9

Had a brilliant game in both sides of the pitch. Was one of the best Liverpool players tonight, and THAT goal will go down in history.

OZAN KABAK 6.5

He was to blame for the Villa goal as well, along with Alisson. Should have done better, but did put out a better display in the second half.

NATHANIEL PHILLIPS 7

Both the centre backs looked shaky today, but was solid enough for the win. 

ANDREW ROBERTSON 8

Had a game full of energy and played well along with his fellow fullback. Got the assist for the equalizer.

Fabinho Robertson

FABINHO TAVARES 8

Was the best player in the midfield, making interception, winning fouls, creating chances. Did everything.

JAMES MILNER 6.5

Had spells in the game, both good and bad. Did most of the dirty work.

GEORGINIO WJINALDUM 6

Another substandard game by the Dutch midfielder. The game got better after he was substituted for Thiago. 

DIOGO JOTA 7.5

Was very sharp throughout the game but kept on missing valuable chances. 

ROBERTO FIRMINO 7.5

Didn't get chances enough, and got his goal harshly ruled out.

MOHAMED SALAH 8

How many times has been man been scoring and trying to save us? His 18th league goal of the season was enough for a first Premier League victory at Anfield after seven matches.

Salah

SUBSTITUTES 

THIAGO ALCANTARA 7.5

Game changed the moment he stepped on that field.

SADIO MANE 6

Should have made it 3-1, but his dip in confidence was the obstacle.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI N/A