Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: how they rated at Anfield

Sadio Mané and Fabinho stood out for Liverpool but Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera had afternoons to forget

Liverpool

Alisson

Gifted United hope with his first punished mistake at Anfield. Unemployed otherwise 6

Nathaniel Clyne

Unsurprisingly short of match fitness on his first league start since May but contained Rashford all game 7

Dejan Lovren

United’s system gave him a comfortable run-out. Missed a good chance to double the lead 7

Virgil van Dijk

Nudged Lukaku aside in the opening minute and bossed their physical duel. One of his easier shifts 7

Andy Robertson

Had the beating of Dalot in defence and attack, prompting the youngster’s half-time withdrawal 8

Georginio Wijnaldum

Kept it simple and tidy in a more defensive role than he was given against Napoli in midweek. Effective 7

Fabinho

Justified his inclusion over Henderson. Destructive and creative. Lovely ball for Mané’s opener 8

Naby Keïta

A big game for the £52.75m signing. Drove his team forward but lacked the final ball 6

Mohamed Salah

More combative than clinical as focal point of attack. Often crowded out by three centre-halves 7

Roberto Firmino

Aggressive, creative, tireless. Prospered behind Salah to give his best display in a long time 8

Sadio Mané

Caused United all manner of problems on their right flank and took his goal superbly 8

Subs Xherdan Shaqiri (for Naby Keïta 70) 8 Jordan Henderson (for Sadio Mané 83) 6

Manchester United

David de Gea

Poor with his feet but handling impressive. Fine save from Firmino before being beaten by two deflections 6

Matteo Darmian

Had scant protection from Dalot in the first half and was ineffective for first two Liverpool goals. 6

Eric Bailly

Late replacement for Smalling and imposed himself quickly on Salah. Unlucky with Shaqiri’s second 6

Victor Lindelöf

Recovered from an early mistake to lead the rearguard action but a thankless task against this team 7

Diogo Dalot

The full-back was handed an awkward role on the right of midfield and was lost in it 5

Ander Herrera

Lightweight in the tackle and careless on the few occasions he had time on the ball to build an attack 5

Nemanja Matic

Employed to protect his defence but struggled in midfield. Offered nothing to his front line 6

Ashley Young

Operated more as a full-back than a wing-back. Lost Mané for opener and deflected the second 6

Jesse Lingard

Created and took his goal well but that was a rare moment. Caught in no-man’s land positionally 7

Marcus Rashford

Anonymous, though not his fault. Body language betrayed misery of playing for this Mourinho team 5

Romelu Lukaku

Completed one pass in the first half and was just as ineffective in the second. Contained so easily 5

Subs Marouane Fellaini (for Dalot h-t) 6 Anthony Martial (for Herrera 79) 5 Juan Mata (for Lingard 85) n/a