Mohamed Salah

Liverpool, that was absolute dross: Winners, losers & ratings as Klopp’s flops offer further proof they’re in big trouble

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Jordan Henderson:

Listen, he was far from the only one wearing red to struggle here. And listen, he’s been a great servant to Liverpool down the years, and has come back after being written off on more than one occasion. But boy is Henderson struggling at the moment. Time waits for no man, goes the saying, and the England international is looking every one of his 32 years right now. His first-half performance here was painful, second to everything, petrified in possession and bewildered by midfielders who were quicker, stronger, smarter and just plain better. His frustration showed with a late challenge on Moises Caicedo, which earned him a yellow card, and it was a surprise to see the captain emerge for the second half in all honesty. He lasted until the 69th minute, as it happens, but that is as much down to Klopp’s lack of faith in his other midfield options as anything else, surely?

Joel Matip:

You felt for Matip in the first half at times, asked repeatedly to get himself involved in footraces with the likes of Mitoma and Evan Ferguson down the Liverpool right. But you could have no sympathy with the defender when, a couple of minutes after the restart and with his side desperately in need of a bit of composure and experience, he misplaced a risky pass into Henderson and allowed Brighton to break. They did so with relish, the break ending with March knocking in their opening goal. Liverpool, having escaped until the interval and then surely had a half-time rocket from Klopp, suddenly found themselves where they deserved to be. Behind and chasing the game. They never looked like recovering.

Jurgen Klopp:

“We speak about it as if we are bottom of the league. We are not.” Klopp had stated at his pre-match press conference on Friday, but this was the kind of performance relegation strugglers turn in. We know that Liverpool are not themselves, but they have not been this bad at any point this season. Their display was unbefitting a club of such size, history and ambition, and th…

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