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Ratings 2 Liverpool v The Irons

 

Niall McDonald hands out his marks

 

Fabianski: Couple of nervy moments in first-half went unpunished 5
Coufal: Another impressive performance against top-class attackers 7
Ogbonna: Marshalled the defence well again, maybe a couple of lapses 7
Balbuena: Distribution not the best today, no real problems defensively though 6
Cresswell: Overlapping more as a centre-back than he was a left-back last season 6
Masuaku: First lapse of concentration since his return to the side 6
Rice: Lots of drive in the middle 6
Soucek: Drifted into the box several times but not found by team-mates 6
Fornals: Another important goal and a few half-chances where Bowen was arguably better placed 7
Bowen: Huge effort and looked neat on the ball 7
Haller: A few isolated contributions. Maybe Moyes can turn him into a centre-forward as well? Here’s hoping 4

Subs
Yarmolenko: Deployed up front and showed a little more endeavour than Haller 4
Lanzini: No miracle tonight  No rating
Benrahma:  I’ll pretend I didn’t see his last-ditch floated ball to nobody  No rating

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