Liverpool player ratings: Thiago directs the show as the Reds prove too strong for Villarreal


Here’s how the players rated Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Villarreal in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.

Lisson Becker: Hardly asked for as Liverpool were the most pressing. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Repeatedly got into good positions to traverse, but often found the area crowded. 7

Ibrahima Konate: Did a solid job in the back without an overtime. 6

Virgil Van Dijk: Gave the Villarreal strikers very little room to work and made his mark on set pieces. 7

Andrew Robertson: Gave Liverpool breadth but his path forward was often blocked. 7

Jordan Henderson: The hardworking and tireless captain put in some good runs from deep before making the crucial contribution to the crucial first goal. 8th

Fabinho: Ready to challenge and advance when necessary to give the team impetus. 7

Thiago Alcantara: Some of his touches and passes were exquisite and he almost opened the gate when he hit the post before half-time. 8th

Mohamed Salah: Made some direct runs and set up Mane for his goal, having earlier landed some nice crosses and volleyed a difficult chance. 8th

Sadio Mane: Failed to make the most of a couple of early-half chances but made no mistake when Salah came on for Liverpool for the second time. 8th

Luis Diaz: rushed into defense on occasion and tested Rulli from a distance but got little reward for his efforts. 7


Naby Keita (for Henderson, 72): Freshened up midfield for the closing stages. 6

Diogo Jota (for Mane, 73): Brought extra energy as Liverpool took control. 6

Divock Origi (for Diaz, 81): Started off with a huge ovation after his derby exploits but didn’t make such a dramatic impact this time. 5

Joe Gomez (for Alexander-Arnold, 81): Helped Liverpool complete the job. 6

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Geronimo Rulli: Didn’t look convincing as he repeatedly chose to hit over catch but was unlucky on the first goal and exposed on the second. 5

Juan Foyth: Coped well when faced with the menacing runs from Diaz. 7

Raul Albiol: Strong in the air and with a crucial touch to deflect a shot from Mane wide. 7

Pau Torres: Made a good interception to stop a Salah pass when Villarreal was sitting deep. 7

Pervis Estupinan: Delivered a good through ball early on and was unluckily awarded an own goal for Liverpool’s opener. 6

Samu Chukwueze: Was run over in midfield. 5

Daniel Parejo: Could not prevail as Liverpool controlled the game. 5

Etienne Capoue: Couldn’t give authority to the process. 6

Francis Coquelin: Was engaged in a good fight with Alexander-Arnold. 6

Giovanni Lo Celso: Produced a good block to save Salah in a game where he had to do a lot of defensive work. 6

Arnaut Danjuma: Threatened to have a strong early run but couldn’t make the most of the opening. 6


Alfonso Pedraza (for Coquelin, 57): Villarreal gave new energy, but little else. 5

Manu Trigueros (for Estupinan, 72): Couldn’t influence the game. 5

Serge Aurier (for Parejo, 72): Showed some strength but didn’t change the complexion of the game. 6

Boulaye Dia (for Chukwueze, 72): Made a good run and got a shot but couldn’t disrupt Alisson. 6

Paco Alcacer (for Danjuma, 86): Came too late to make an impression. 5 Liverpool player ratings: Thiago directs the show as the Reds prove too strong for Villarreal

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