Salah, Alexander-Arnold get 8/10 as Liverpool cruise

  • Adam Brown

Sep 2, 2023, 11: 30 AM ET

Liverpool protected their 3rd successive win in the Premier League on Sunday as they delighted in a 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa at Anfield.

The Reds left to the ideal start in the 3rd minute when Dominik Szoboszlai assaulted a ball that was cleared into a harmful location from a corner, and his accurate strike offered Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez no opportunity.

Liverpool continued to push and doubled their lead when Darwin Núñez‘s strike from Mohamed Salah‘s pass smashed off the post prior to deflecting off protector Matty Cash for an own objective. Joël Matip practically included a 3rd minutes later on however must have done much better with his header from Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s complimentary kick.

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Moussa Diaby looked the brightest for Aston Villa in the very first half, and he had a curling effort that he could not rather direct past Alisson. The Brazil global goalkeeper was called into action after the break with a strong stop to reject a header from Cash, prior to Jurgen Klopp’s side increased their lead when Nunez’s flick-on was completed by Salah.

The Villans didn’t provide much of an action after Liverpool’s triple-substitution in the 65 th minute as a clear drop in pace followed, enabling the house side to conveniently play out the rest of the match to protect all 3 points.


Szoboszlai has actually impressed early on in his Liverpool profession, and he opened his account in design with a surface that must provide him plenty more self-confidence as the Reds prepare to start their European project.

A strong overall group efficiency saw Klopp’s side press with cohesion throughout a match in which they were dominant in battles and looked structured in their assaulting play.

Despite issues over lacking both Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté, Liverpool’s main protective collaboration of Joe Gomez and Matip worked well, with both putting in strong efficiencies.


Alexander-Arnold came off with an injury in the 2nd half which didn’t seem too severe, however it is something to keep an eye on for Liverpool heading into the global break.

There were a number of events where Klopp’s side might have taken much better care of the ball, however those were scarce in what was Liverpool’s finest display screen of the season up until now.

Manager score (1-10; 10 = finest)

Jurgen Klopp, 8– Klopp’s group choice saw Darwin Nunez rewarded for his match-winning alternative efficiency versus Newcastle United recently, while his tactical technique appeared to guarantee stability while preserving a continuous assaulting risk. He was likewise mindful with Curtis Jones, who just recently returned from injury, by changing him as part of a trio of modifications midway through the 2nd half.

Player rankings

GK Alisson, 7– Liverpool’s No. 1 was called into action early in the 2nd half and was encouraging with his conserve to reject Cash’s header. Commanded his box well in a match in which he didn’t have excessive to do.

DF Andy Robertson, 7– Alert to the threat and prepared for approaching attacks well from the opposition. Regularly in the ideal position throughout protective stages.

DF Joel Matip, 7– Connected well with a header from Alexander-Arnold’s complimentary kick however could not get it on target. Looked guaranteed at the back along with Gomez, apart from a minute when a bad pass was thoughtlessly put out for a corner.

DF Joe Gomez, 7– The 26- year-old had an aura of calm throughout the video game, and selected his minutes to be aggressive with his protecting. Revealed more composure on the ball, and had the ability to change the play in the middle of pressure from Aston Villa’s forward line.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 8– His finest efficiency of the season saw his passing back to his finest. The Liverpool captain was unfortunate not to end the very first half with 2 helps to his name, though he did play a part in the 2nd objective when launching Salah down the right channel.

MF Alexis Mac Allister, 7– Another intense display screen from the Argentina worldwide who was constantly an alternative for the defence, and showed astuteness with his transitioning into advanced gamers. A smart efficiency that kept control of the match, regardless of playing in a less familiar function as a No. 6.

MF Curtis Jones, 7– The 22- year-old continued the type he displayed in the latter part of last season with a favorable efficiency in which he stood apart for his pushing. Jones frequently required the opposition into errors, and likewise assisted manage the video game with constant decision-making with his death. A screen that will definitely require Klopp to think about keeping him in the group.

MF Dominik Szoboszlai, 7– An outstandingly timed volley was too precise for Aston Villa goalkeeper Martinez. The Hungary worldwide’s very first objective for his brand-new club was simply the kind that he utilized to score routinely for RB Leipzig, and one that recommends it might be the very first of lots of.

FW Luis Díaz, 7– Stretched the play down the left flank and squandered no time at all in seeking to assault his marker straight. A continuous threat that the opposition could not exercise, which enabled Liverpool to get gamers forward into unsafe locations.

FW Darwin Nunez, 7– The Uruguay global was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet in the very first half however still played an essential function in Liverpool’s 2nd, with his effort coming off the post prior to being deflected into the web. Practically had a 2nd with a fragile surface that struck the crossbar, however added to Liverpool’s 3rd with a flick-on for Salah.

FW Mohamed Salah, 8– Impressive link-up have fun with Alexander-Arnold saw Salah time his runs outstandingly. That was the path Liverpool considered their 2nd objective, and they likewise had another when Salah was unfortunate not to score with an effort from inside package on his more powerful left foot. Ultimately got on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 after timing his go to fulfill Nunez’s help.

Substitutes (gamers presented after 70 minutes get no score)

Harvey Elliott(Jones, 65′), 6– Close to scoring with an effort that was deflected large by Ezri Konsa

Cody Gakpo(Nunez, 65′), 6– Didn’t have a lot of chances to get on the ball with Liverpool decreasing the pace of the video game.

Diogo Jota(Diaz, 65′), 6– Looked to play forward when on the ball however, likewise to Gakpo, didn’t have adequate possibilities to make his mark. Tracked back in the uncommon minutes when Aston Villa aimed to break.

Jarell Quansah(Alexander-Arnold, 71′), N/R– On for Alexander-Arnold who asked for to come off with an injury, and was above reproach in his efficiency.

Wataru Endo(Mac Allister, 87′), N/R– Introduced for the last spell of the video game for Mac Allister.

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