Liverpool Tactics & Player Ratings – Liverpool 4 (6) – Hoffenheim 2 (3)

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Goals: Can 10′, Salah 18′, Can 21′, Firmino 63′ ; Uth 28′, Wagner 29′

Assists: Mane, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Henderson

2nd assists: Firmino, Firmino, Mane, N/A

Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 6.5

Made one save, had little to do. Decent command of area to sweep up loose balls. Couple of shaky moments under high ones.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Tried another free kick but hit the wall. Motored up and down the right flank before going off injured.

Joel Matip – 7

Generally good, carried the ball out well and look composed in defence. But gave the ball away once in a dangerous position — luckily not punished.

Dejan Lovren – 5.5

Still struggled to cope, especially once Hoffenheim switched to a back for and were more attacking. Gave the ball away for first and was beaten for second.

Alberto Moreno – 6.5

Offered a pacy attacking option down the left. Overlapped and occasionally looked to come inside.

Jordan Henderson – 7

Looked to get forward and press more than usual which meant he sometimes left the back four exposed. Good high pressing led to assist for 4th goal.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5

Much more involved than he has been lately. Still gave the ball away several times though.

Emre Can – 8

A driving force. Two goals and a relentless hour of midfield battling.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Scored his first goal at Anfield. A threat to the opposition even when dormant.

*Roberto Firmino – 8.5

Created chances, held the ball up, showed great skill. Assist & goal.

Sadio Mane – 8

Yet again one of Liverpool’s best players. Pace, trickery, skills and an assist.

Substitutes

Joe Gomez – 5.5

Not as effective as Trent, struggled with Kramaric.

James Milner – 6.5

Shored up midfield late on.

Ragnar Klavan – N/A

Tactics

Liverpool preyed on Hoffenheim’s back three, using Firmino, Mane, Salah, plus the midfield support from Can to win the game within 25 minutes.

The opposition switched to a back four and the team struggled to cope towards the end of the second half, but they recovered after half time going on to score again.

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