Here’s how Albion players rated a confusing afternoon at Anfield.
Clearly at fault for Liverpool’s third goal, but then saved a point with a stunning fingertip save from Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick. Also did good to deny Salah. He changed his game in terms of shorter passes and managed it with a small error.
JOEL VELTMAN 7/10
Was tested on the right side of the three but produced two or three key interventions when protecting the far post.
LEWIS DUNK 7/10
Some really good defending and ball security moments but was outmaneuvered by Firmino on the second home goal.
ADAM WEBSTER 7/10
He acted on the left side of a three-pointer, was unlucky with the own goal and got Testing moments, but generally showed good ball security, especially leading up to Albion’s third goal.
ONLY 8th/10th MARCH
Brilliant in that opening passage, identifying dangerous gaps and pushing into them more eagerly than his pursuers. His perfect cross should have been buried by Welbeck before Trossard fielded a deft, cushioned dismissal.
MOISES CAICEDO 7/10
Had more eye-popping games than this, did a lot of good legwork in midfield.
ALEXIS MAC ALLISTER 8/10
Was keen on a second ball before the opening goal and did a lot of good work in midfield. Crucially, he likes to engage with opponents who are very close to him and can play him up quickly.
PERVIS ESTUPINAN 7/10
He was used further up the field than expected, wasn’t deterred by a tough yellow card after taking time from a throw-in and was a good comer up down the left. Occasionally made it to the byline.
PASCAL BIG 7/10
Not really his day, but he did his job off the ball and with it in that opening frenzy. Ironically, his best pass came before Liverpool’s second goal, as the hosts then countered.
LEANDRO TROSSARD 10/10
Two clean goals, a third that rewarded him as he put himself in a great position throughout the game and an afternoon of tricks and skills. Liverpool struggled to get close to him and the hat-trick might have come in the first half had Alisson not saved.
DANNY WELBECK 8/10
Great job leading attack and helping others play – and he was involved in all three goals. But should have scored at least once.
KAORU MIROMA 7/10
Always does something positive when he comes off the bench and it was no different when he ran at Alexander-Arnold.
ADAM LALLANA N/A
Went on to offer fresh attacking legs and ideas.
TARIQ LAMPTEY N/A
A late introduction for the battered and injured Trossard – but De Zerbi waited just long enough to send him on.
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