FA Cup – Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

FA Cup – Manchester City 2-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool defeated Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to book a place in the final, let’s have a look at the player ratings.

After a thriller at Etihad which ended at 2-2 which still keeps City just a point above the Reds in the league standing. Again, both sides were against each other at Wembley.

In an intriguing game at Wembley Liverpool outperformed Manchester City, as the Reds step closer to their ultimate dream of the “Quadruple”.

Meanwhile, for City, their dream of the “Treble” continues for the next season.

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Player ratings

Goalkeepers & Defenders

Alisson Becker (GK) – 7/10

The Brazilian was hardly troubled in the first half. But in the second with City players arguing for goals, Alisson made sure he keeps his cool.

In one on one situation against his countryman Jesus, the Reds stopper made a brilliant save to keep Liverpool’s lead intake.

Not his clean game but he did enough to keep frustrating City’s players in attack.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 7/10

The England international played a big part in Liverpool’s third goal right before the break. Also, was effective in his defensive duties.

Not his usual game, where he roams around the right flank but his defensive work with his movement in-field and desire to quickly fire the ball upfield was very crucial.

Ibrahima Konate (CB) – 7/10

The Frenchman has now three goals in his last three games. The big center-back is a threat from the set pieces, as he thumped another header to open the scoreline for Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 6/10

The Dutchman started the game as the captain. He was seen enclosing with Jesus in numerous situations.

But he lacked composure on certain occasions. Meanwhile, his presence in set-pieces troubled City players. Not his best afternoon for sure.

Andrew Robertson (LB) – 6.5/10

The Scotsman registered another assist for the season. But he kept his left side too open which led to City opening the Reds’ defense.

City’s second seeing Mahrez pushed him out of the way far too easily.

Midfielders

Fabinho (CDM) – 7/10

The Brazilian had a better game than last week’s meeting at Etihad. On numerous occasions, he shut down City’s attacking threat going forward.

Fabinho in the middle of the park found the space but should have done better against Jesus where he almost found the goal.

Naby Keita (CM) – 8/10

Naby Keita is seen enjoying football again. This is what all Liverpool fans want to see, and that’s why Klopp brought him.

Regular game time recently and touchwood no injuries so far, has helped Keita.

Guinea International was very proactive, early into the press and recycling possession to move forward, he was in total control in the midfield area.

Thiago Alcantara (CM)- 9/10

The Spanish maestro offered everything in the midfield. The Wembley pitch turned out to be his canvas where he showcased his art.

The Liverpool No. 6 played a big part in Mane’s second of the day and Liverpool’s third. A big influence when he is on the pitch.

Forwards

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 6/10

The Egyptian king was tireless but missed out again on scoring. Perhaps, he does all the hard work but somehow he isn’t getting the goals.

He was again dangerous in the attacks and troubled Zinchenko. But should have got a goal in the game.

Pretty sure, he will get in the next one.

Sadio Mane (ST) – 9/10

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Never in doubt, the stand-out performer of the game. Mane completely kept City’s defense at bay.

And my gosh, what a moment it was for the second goal. It was a desired press at the City goalie Zack Steffen at the edge of the goal line.

What was Zack Steffen thinking? Definitely, Zack, you ain’t Ederson.

Moreover, Mane’s stunning volley on the outside of his boot made sure Liverpool had the game in their pocket before the half-time.

Luis Diaz (LW) – 8/10

How good is this guy? Every time he touches the ball feels like a treat to watch.

The Colombian’s first touch is just pure footballing talent. Even though the bright sun was distracting him in the first half, he made sure he plays his part sincerely.

The most attractive part of his game is, how he runs relentlessly to cover for Robertson on the left flank. Amazing player to have on the team.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The Captain was introduced to control the midfield and see out the game.

Roberto Firmino – 5/10

The Brazilian missed a glorious opportunity to see out the game but missed it.

Diogo Jota – N/A

Curtis Jones – N/A

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