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Thursday 17 August 2017

Manchester City v Liverpool player ratings

Manchester City were unable to contain Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho
Manchester City were unable to contain Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho

Manchester City

JOE HART: Left exposed for Liverpool's goals, but still made some important saves. 7 (out of 10)

BACARY SAGNA: Never got to grips with Philippe Coutinho until it was too late. 5

MARTIN DEMICHELIS: Bamboozled by the movement of Liverpool's Brazilian duo, failed to provide leadership in the absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany. 5

ELIAQUIM MANGALA: Without an out-and-out striker to mark looked a little lost. 5

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV: Provided some width on the left, but not nearly enough penetration when City were dominating. 5

YAYA TOURE: Despite City's first-half dominance of possession failed to impose himself on the game. 5

FERNANDO: Given the run-around by a more mobile and aggressive opposition midfield unit. 5

JESUS NAVAS: Ineffective out wide, never provided enough service for Aguero. 4

KEVIN DE BRUYNE: Flitted in and out of the game, but never reached the levels previously seen or expected of him. 6

RAHEEM STERLING: Began brightly but faded quickly. Missing a sitter late on against his former club capped his miserable evening. 5

SERGIO AGUERO: Usually struggles coming back from injury, but produced a world-class finish to give his side some hope when there appeared to be none. 6


FABIAN DELPH (on for Navas, 46): Sent on to drastically change things and injected some dynamism into midfield, but it was too late. 6

FERNANDINHO (on for Toure, 46): Tried to gain control of midfield, but the game had already gone. 6

KELECHI IHEANACHO (on for Aguero, 66): Asking a lot of the youngster to have an impact after his more illustrious team-mates failed. 6


SIMON MIGNOLET: Could do little about the goal he conceded, pulled off a couple of important saves and, more importantly, gave off an air of confidence. 7

NATHANIEL CLYNE: Another solid display by the England right-back, who defends and attacks in almost equal measure. 7

MARTIN SKRTEL: Dominant display by the Slovakian at the heart of defence, which was just what Liverpool needed. Rarely troubled and scored a brilliant volley. 8

DEJAN LOVREN: Back in the side because of injury to Mamadou Sakho and showed signs of rustiness and had the odd shaky moment, but a decent performance. 7

ALBERTO MORENO: Charged forward at every opportunity on the counter-attack and provides an important outlet down the left. 6

JAMES MILNER: Worked hard to stifle his former team-mates and support the attacks when they broke forward. 6

LUCAS LEIVA: Held things together in front of the back four doing his usual bits-and-pieces job. 7

EMRE CAN: Put himself about and formed a cohesive unit with his fellow midfielders. 6

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: First-half inter-play with Roberto Firmino was the best seen by a Liverpool for some time. Great finish for his goal. 8

ADAM LALLANA: Understated but decent performance by a player who continues to knit things together in and around the penalty area. 7

ROBERTO FIRMINO: Best game by far for the Brazilian, who was instrumental in the first half. Scored one, made two and could have added a couple more. 8


KOLO TOURE (on for Lallana, 90): Just sent on to shore things up when it was not really needed. 5

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (on for Firmino, 77): Gave City's defence something else to think about and had a hand in the fourth goal. 5

JORDON IBE (on for Coutinho, 69): Injected some more pace down the left and had City back-pedalling with his directness. 6

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