Liverpool came up just a little too short in the Northwest derby on Saturday. After conceding two almost identical, somewhat simple goals to Manchester United in the first half, Jurgen Klopp’s side completely dominated the second but could only reduce the deficit through an Eric Bailly own goal and failed to find a vital equaliser.
Following the 2-1 defeat, we asked Reds fans to give individual performance ratings for each player involved in Saturday’s 12.30pm kickoff, and our poll has revealed the three Liverpool stars that disappointed supporters most…
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 4.4/10: Failed to provide the same surging impact from midfield that has defined his first season at Anfield and struggled as the engine room became increasingly congested. Perhaps because of an earlier booking, the England international was sacrificed for Adam Lallana after an hour, with just one chance created and two dribbles to his name.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 3.5/10: Inexperience cost the young right-back dearly as Marcus Rashford twice escaped him to find the space to net beyond Loris Karius – being particularly culpable in the first instance. He didn’t offer much going forward either and seemed a little overawed by the occasion. Failed to register a tackle, interception, dribble, created chance, shot or accurate cross before being taken off in the closing stages.
Dejan Lovren – 3.2/10: Naivety may excuse Alexander-Arnold but the 28-year-old isn’t allowed such luxury. Both United goals stemmed from his failure to handle Romelu Lukaku’s forcefulness in the air and his passes were inconsistent too, completing just 81% of them despite the majority being simple and sideways. Another tough day at the office for a defender who has rarely convinced since arriving from Southampton.
Check out the full poll results below!