Another year, another early FA Cup exit for Liverpool. Goals from Raúl Jiménez and Rúben Neves cancelled out Divock Origi’s second goal of the second.
Liverpool were very disappointing on a night that saw three debutants but it was the senior players who failed to impress.
As some fought to keep their Liverpool careers, others seemed disinterested passengers fixated on a future elsewhere.
One huge positive for the Reds was the debut of Ki-Jana Hoever, who put in a reasonable performance at centre-half after coming on as a substitute early in the game.
Simon Mignolet: 5.5
Didn’t have much to do apart from the goals and arguably could have done better for both of them. One of the few entertaining moments of the match came when the Belgian charged forward in the dying minutes. Alas, his heroics were in vain.
Rafael Camacho: 6.5
Earning his debut tonight Rafael Camacho was calm and composed both in attack and defence. He was caught forward on more than one occasion, leaving the right side exposed. He did manage to make some great tackles and contributed well in attack. A decent outing for the 18-year-old.
Fabinho was a bright spark in a team bereft of experienced players and put in a tidy shift in an unfamiliar position. He made some good tackles but was caught out a few times.
Dejan Lovren: N/A
Came off injured after just five minutes.
Alberto Moreno: 5
Another typically poor Alberto Moreno performance. Always way too high up the pitch, never in the right positions and made some terrible decisions both in defence and attack. Couldn’t figure out how to cross the ball into dangerous areas and didn’t move into the right areas during forward play.
James Milner: 5
Struggled as the No. 6. His poor passing and decision making had the Reds on the backfoot, especially in the first-half. Milner was woeful on the ball and was at fault for Jiménez’s opener. Very poor night for the captain.
Naby Keïta: 5.5
Keita showed moment off brilliance during the game but wasn’t on the ball enough. He disappeared entirely in the second-half. Need much more from Naby Keïta on a night where he could have staked a claim for a first-team spot.
Curtis Jones: 6.5
The young Scouser showed some good skill on the ball, including a nice run and nutmeg in the first-half. Jones was full of energy and when he got on the ball he was exciting, but that didn’t happen often enough as he struggled to get into the second-half before he was subbed off.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 5.5
Apart from a brilliant free kick that was unlucky not to go in, Shaqiri was very poor. It felt like he would go 10 minutes in between touching the ball. Anonymous tonight.
Daniel Sturridge: 5
Considering Sturridge was one of the few veteran players to start the game, he was sloppy on the ball. He couldn’t seem to find himself at all and didn’t manage to create much before he was subbed off in the second-half.
Divock Origi: 6
Origi dropped very deep to get involved but did nothing in the first 45 minutes and it was more of the same in the second. Apart from a great strike to pull Liverpool level, his overall game wasn’t anything to rave about.
Ki-Jana Hoever: 7
The 16-year-old came on for his debut just five minutes in to replace the injured Lovren. Obviously, he was a bit nervous and had a shaky few minutes. Nuno Espírito Santo’s men clearly targeted him early on but he grew into the game and made some decent blocks. Late in the game, he made a driving run out of defence to begin an attack, dribbling past several players. Mo was unfortuante not to capitalise in the end.
Mohamed Salah: 6.5
A little too late but when Salah came on he gave Liverpool more attacking intent. It largely didn’t change much.
Roberto Firmino: 6.5
Just like Salah, Firmino had a few decent moments after entering the game but he wasn’t given enough time to make a huge impact.