Thursday 20 July 2017

Here is how the Liverpool and Arsenal players rated in Emirates thriller

Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their fourth goal with manager Jurgen Klopp, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and teammates Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien
Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their fourth goal with manager Jurgen Klopp, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and teammates Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien
Philippe Coutinho starred in Liverpool's win at Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp's men got their season off to a flier with a thrilling 4-3 win away to Arsenal. Here are the player ratings.

ARSENAL

Petr Cech: No chance with Coutinho's free-kick. But does not often let in four so will not be happy - 5/10

Nacho Monreal: Tried to get up and down the left as usual but had his hands full dealing with Mane - 5

Calum Chambers: Had to take the role of experienced centre-half. Surprise scorer as Arsenal threatened a comeback - 6

Rob Holding: Gave away soft free-kick for equaliser and missed Coutinho's run for his second. Tough debut - 5

Hector Bellerin: Last-ditch challenge to deny Firmino typified his usual no-nonsense attitude - 6

Francis Coquelin: Did not shirk the battle in the centre of the pitch but was unable to get a grip on midfield - 6

Mohamed Elneny: Looked lost in Arsenal's midfield and did little of note - 5

Aaron Ramsey: Quiet match for Wales' Euro 2016 hero. Ambitious shot from his own half flew over - 5

Alexis Sanchez: Looked the player most likely to create something for the first half an hour, then disappeared - 5

Alex Iwobi: Fine ball across the penalty area to set up Walcott. But faded after the break - 6

Theo Walcott: Saw penalty saved by Mignolet but made amends moments later with a superb finish to open his account - 6

Subs

Santi Cazorla: Spaniard attempted to add some spark to Arsenal's attack. Provided only glimpses - 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Had an instant impact with Arsenal's second goal. Hoping for a big season - 6

Granit Xhaka: New boy was unable to help engineer a dramatic Gunners comeback - 6

LIVERPOOL

Simon Mignolet: Good save to keep out Walcott's penalty but will not be too pleased with Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal - 7

Nathaniel Clyne: Defensively sound as ever and provided the cross for Coutinho's killer second goal - 7

Dejan Lovren: Won his aerial battles but yet to convince when the opposition runs at Liverpool's defence - 6

Ragnar Klaven: Beaten by Walcott's quick feet for the first goal, but stuck to his task well as Arsenal came back - 6

Alberto Moreno: Dismal couple of minutes saw him give away a penalty, and then lose Walcott for Arsenal's opener. A liability - 3

Georginio Wijnaldum: Should have done better with side-footed finish in the first half but set up Lallana's goal - 7

Jordan Henderson: Stood firm as Arsenal threatened to complete their late comeback. Solid as ever in the tackle - 7

Adam Lallana: England midfielder looked off the pace in the first half but popped up with a vital goal - 6

Philippe Coutinho: Ran Arsenal ragged, scoring a sublime free-kick and an opportunist near-post strike - 8

Sadio Mane: Hard-working display on his debut capped by a memorable goal and celebrations to match - 7

Roberto Firmino: Led the Liverpool line diligently although did not see as much of the ball as he would have liked - 6

Subs

Emre Can: Brought on to stem the flow of Arsenal attacks and got stuck in - 6

Divock Origi: Fresh pair of legs and gave Arsenal something else to think about - 6

Kevin Stewart: Came on with two minutes left and helped run clock down - 6

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