See the Match Report for the game here.
Illan Meslier – 7
Was very unlucky to concede the goal. Made some excellent saves throughout and was much calmer with the ball at his feet.
Luke Ayling – 7
Movement forward was exceptional and he didn’t give his opponents any time on the ball. Maybe should have taken one for the team and tripped Traore just before the goal but can’t be blamed for what happened. Much better at right-back today than in the centre last week.
Pascal Struijk – 8
Was great. Didn’t let Jose take a breath and didn’t make any mistakes at all. Deserved a clean sheet
Liam Cooper – 8
Would have been a nine if he had scored even one of his chances, would have been a ten if he’d scored all of them. Played unbelievably well. He really seems to be adapting to the league now and his partnership with Struijk is bearing fruit. Will it survive with Diego Llorente fit again? If they keep performing like this it will.
Stuart Dallas – 7
Similar to Ayling, great defensively and lacking some effectiveness further up the pitch. Did his job valiantly and largely kept Neto pocketed.
Jamie Shackleton – 7
Not necessarily anyone’s first choice to play in the Kalvin Phillips role but he did brilliantly. His physical attributes are completely different and so he had to rely on his agility rather than his passing to progress the ball up the pitch, whilst it was his small frame that allowed him to break up opposition attacks. Was one of the good performers against Arsenal as well. Maybe should keep his place for the next game.
Raphinha – 7
His link-up with Tyler Roberts was an interesting sight to behold. The two seemed completely on the same wavelength. Roberts would move wide when Raphinha moved inside and vice versa. Tried a lot tonight, defensively sound and his set-piece deliveries alone should have been enough to earn him a hat-trick of assists. Not one for the record books but the impressive side of it was his pressing improvement.
Mateusz Klich – 6
Was unlucky not to see his cross bobble in off Patricio after hitting the post but that was the only notable moment. Lost possession a few too many times in midfield and was clearly feeling his hip before he went off. The Southampton game is fast-approaching and I wonder if he should be rested to fully recover, assuming that Kalvin Phillips is fit of course.
Tyler Roberts – 7
Was really sprightly and was very unfortunate to be denied a second assist in two games when Bamford was ruled offside. Alongside Raphinha, seemed to be the most likely to create something and deserves to keep his place for Tuesdays game.
Jack Harrison – 6
Was one of those games when crosses were never going to work but I’m willing to bet money that very few people noticed how good he was at restricting the influence of Pedro Neto. Nelson Semedo never stopped over-lapping and Harrison and Dallas found themselves having to consistently switch men in order to snuff out any danger. Harrison did it brilliantly and, though he will be disappointed with his attacking input, Marcelo Bielsa can’t fault his work ethic.
Patrick Bamford – 6
Never had a sniff really. Up against three centre-backs was always going to be tough. His pressing game was good and he linked up the play when he got the chance but was never really in the game. Did deserve the goal though, took the chance when it came and was clearly upset with the offside decision.
Pablo Hernandez – 6
Tried a lot and dictated play following his introduction and didn’t stop running but couldn’t create any clear chances.
Helder Costa – N/a
Did fine with the ball at his feet but caused my angriest reaction of the season when he missed that chance in added time.
Ezgjan Alioski – N/a
Nothing to be said, wasn’t involved much
MY LINEUP FOR THE NEXT MATCH (Southampton)