Wednesday 24 January 2018

Leicester v Liverpool: Player ratings

Wilfred Ndidi, centre, rivalled Jamie Vardy for man of the match honours
Wilfred Ndidi, centre, rivalled Jamie Vardy for man of the match honours


Kasper Schmeichel: Made saves from Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can in the first half and Adam Lallana in the second but hardly troubled all night. 6

Danny Simpson: Kept Philippe Coutinho quiet for most of the game, which was his primary job. 6

Wes Morgan: Solid performance from the Leicester captain, who had a much easier night than he would have expected. 6

Robert Huth: Relatively untroubled all night and handled the different threat of substitute Divock Origi well. 6

Christian Fuchs: Dealt with the pacy Sadio Mane comfortably and his long throws were a constant threat. 6

Danny Drinkwater: Brilliant volley for Leicester's second goal and otherwise generally tidy in midfield. 7

Wilfred Ndidi: Covered most of the ground and won most of the tackles in midfield to allow his side to establish a dominance they never relinquished. 8

Marc Albrighton: Quick to spot the through-ball for Vardy's opener in a solid performance from the winger. 6

Riyad Mahrez: A quiet night for the winger, who did not really get into the game until late on and then was almost immediately substituted. 5

Jamie Vardy: Took both his goals well but his overall performance, full of running and commitment, was what caught the eye. 8

Shinji Okazaki: Played the supporting role to Vardy well and did well with link-up play. 6


Daniel Amartey (on for Okazaki, 69): Sent on to add some solidity to the midfield and did just that. 6

Demarai Gray (on for Mahrez, 79): His pace caused some problems on the counter-attack. 6

Ben Chilwell (on for Albrighton, 90): Sent on too late to have an effect. 6


Simon Mignolet: Good early save from Okazaki header and was proactive in coming out of his area. Could do little about any of the goals. 6

Nathaniel Clyne: Benefited more from being switched to wing-back in the second half having offered nothing going forward prior to that. 5

Lucas Leiva: The makeshift centre-back was horribly exposed by Vardy and struggled with his positioning. 4

Joel Matip: As the more experienced centre-back he should have helped out Lucas more than he did. Struggled with his distribution as well. 5

James Milner: Failed to get forward enough in the first half and only two switches in system forced him to change as he ended the game in central midfield. 5

Emre Can: Completely bypassed in midfield by Leicester's tactics in the first half and actually looked more comfortable when moved into a back three for the second half. 4

Georginio Wijnaldum: His mistake led to the crucial first goal and there were no signs of the powerful, pacy midfield display seen in his last game. 4

Adam Lallana: Saw little of the ball and when he did get it failed to used it effectively. Should have scored to make it 3-1 but shot too close to Schmeichel. 5

Sadio Mane: Did not get much in the way of service and failed to test Fuchs when given the chance, cutting inside too often. 5

Roberto Firmino: Was largely anonymous in his nominal centre-forward role and over-complicated things in congested areas of the pitch. 4

Philippe Coutinho: His goal papered over a disappointing performance from the Brazilian, who did not really start to have any influence until the final quarter. 5


Divock Origi (on for Lallana, 66): Gave Liverpool's attack a focal point and did manage to stretch the defence but lacked sharpness. 5

Alberto Moreno (on for Mane, 66): Introduced to provide pace and width but was not really given the chance to do so. 5

Ben Woodburn (on for Lucas, 84): The youngster looked lively when he came on but it was asking a bit much for him to make a difference. 6

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