PLAYER RATINGS: Joe Gomez steps up in defence for Liverpool


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    defeated 1-0 at Anfield this afternoon thanks to Mo Salah’s slick second half finish.<br>In an intense tactical battle, the Egyptian pounced on an error from to run through and slot past in a feisty affair that saw Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sent off.<br>The result ends City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season, and gives Liverpool a much-needed boost after a poor run of form. <br> <br /> Sportsmail’s Jack Gaughan rated both teams’ players after the game.<br> Mo Salah’s second half goal was enough to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win over Manchester City <br> Joe Gomez (right) marshalled Erling Haaland (left) well to keep the form man quiet at Anfield<br> RELATED ARTICLES

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    Liverpool (4-2-3-1)<br>Alisson Two huge second-half moments: a decent save from Erling Haaland and then an assist for Pay4D the winner.

    7.5<br>James Milner Set the tone well against Phil Foden early doors and stuck to his task, with City rarely isolating the veteran. 7<br>Joe Gomez Strong recovering when his full back was in danger and commanded after stepping in for the injured Ibrahima Konate.

    8.5<br> Gomez was the man-of-the-match at Anfield as he stepped into the team for Ibrahima Konate<br> Alisson (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) put in arguably their best performances of the season<br>Virgil van Dijk Haaland might have scored but Van Dijk answered his critics and completed a goal-saving header late on. 7.5<br>Andrew Robertson City attempted to overload their right-hand side but Robertson soundly stood up to that problem.

    7<br>Thiago Not able to get himself on the ball enough, although the Spaniard got through plenty of defensive screening. 6.5<br> Thiago (second right) struggled to get on the ball but carried out his defensive duties well<br>Fabinho Big blocks and interceptions during a robust midfield performance as Liverpool sat deeper than originally envisaged.

    7<br>Harvey Elliott Some silky touches from the right wing, particularly when breaking the lines to slip in Diogo Jota. 6.5<br>Roberto Firmino Largely on the periphery, although did link play expertly at times when breaking with Mohamed Salah.

    Diogo Jota Put in a proper shift. May feel that he could have given the hosts the lead when heading wide.

    7<br>Mohamed Salah Buoyed by his midweek exploits, Salah was the most dangerous threat and coolly netted the winner. 8<br> Salah was on target to score the decisive goal after missing a golden opportunity earlier on<br>Subs<br>Darwin Nunez (Firmino 72) 5.5<br>Jordan Henderson (Fabinho 73) 6<br>Fabio Carvalho (Elliott 73) 6<br>Trent Alexander-Arnold (Salah 90)<br>Tsmimikas (Jota 90) <br>Subs not used: Kelleher, Jones, Bajcetic, Phillips<br>Manager – Jurgen Klopp The crowd fed off his personality on the touchline on a day that could kickstart their season. Sent off for hurling abuse at a linesman. 7<br> Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was sent off in the second half for abusing the linesman<br>  Manchester City (3-3-3-1)<br>Ederson Often criticised for his shot stopping but produced a super save to thwart Salah just after half-time.

    7<br>Manuel Akanji Frustrated team-mates with his distribution at times and gave away a couple of unnecessary free kicks. 5<br>Ruben Dias Seemed in a daze after the break.
    City lost control at the back as a collective with Dias in the middle. 5.5<br>Nathan Ake The more composed of City’s back three as he continues to impress. Calmly dealt with tricky situations.

    7<br>Joao Cancelo Horrendous error for Salah’s goal, misjudging the flight of the long ball forward. Not great going forward. 4.5<br> Joao Cancelo (right) made a huge error that led to Salah’s goal and was poor going forward<br>Rodri Strong afternoon in breaking up any potential attacks and did the simple things well as expected.

    7<br>Bernardo Silva In his normal deeper role after pre-match talk of playing off the right. Industrious alongside Rodri. 7<br>Kevin De Bruyne Uncharacteristically subdued, potentially a product of being asked to play wider than normal.

    5.5<br> Kevin De Bruyne, who was playing wider than normal, was uncharacteristically quiet<br>Ilkay Gundogan The extra man in midfield that moved De Bruyne wide.

    Tidy enough yet did not impose himself fully. 6<br>Phil Foden Thought he had netted the opener. Livelier in the second half after a conservative opening period.
    7<br>Erling Haaland Always a threat, even when not obviously involved. Liverpool managed him well although Haaland almost had a say. 6<br> Haaland was always a threat and almost found the net but couldn’t break Liverpool’s back line<br> Referee Anthony Taylor (right) made some questionable decisions for both teams at Anfield<br>Subs<br>Julian Alvarez (Gundogan 89)<br>Subs not used: Ortega, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand<br>Manager – Pep Guardiola Altered City’s usual gameplan with a change in formation and lost the game but will feel they controlled proceedings for much of the afternoon. 6<br>Referee – Anthony Taylor It felt like the entire of Anfield were left aghast at Taylor’s performance.

    He let the game flow but there were questionable decisions throughout. 5<br> RELATED ARTICLES

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