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Southampton 4-4 Liverpool: Liverpool Player performace Ratings



Liverpool drew 4-4 at Southampton in a bonkers final-day Premier League contest, with Caoimhin Kelleher and Diogo Jota experiencing differing fortunes.

Southampton 4-4 Liverpool

Premier League (38), St Mary’s Stadium
May 28, 2023

Goals: Ward-Prowse 19′, Sulemana 28′ & 47′, Armstrong 64′; Jota 10′ & 74′, Firmino 14′, Gakpo 73′

Caoimhin Kelleher (out of 10) – 4

Kelleher was handed his first league start of the season – whether or not this is his final appearance for Liverpool remains to be seen.

The Irishman will be disappointed that he didn’t prevent Kamaldeen Sulemana’s opening goal, with the ball squeezing under him.

If we’re being ultra-critical, James Ward-Prowse’s strike wasn’t right in the corner, either, in what was a below-par display, despite saving to deny Kyle Walker-Peters in stoppage time.

It felt like his value was dropping by the minute!

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

It has been a tough campaign for Alexander-Arnold, but he finished it with a good performance, again standing out in his new hybrid midfield role.

One lovely incisive pass proved key in the lead-up to Roberto Firmino‘s goal, and his general use of the ball was classy throughout.

Joe Gomez – 5

Gomez was given his first start since the 0-0 draw away to Chelsea early last month, but he didn’t exactly look like a top-class presence at the heart of the defence.

The 26-year-old came close to scoring his first-ever Reds goal, but got it all wrong at the back post, and he was part of a back-line that shipped four goals to the Premier League‘s worst team.

Could he be gone in the summer?

Joel Matip – 5

Like Gomez, this was a rare outing for Matip, who has well and truly lost his place in Liverpool’s strongest lineup.

The centre-back missed a good chance with a guided header in the first half, and defensively he never looked as dominant as he once did.

Possibly he, more than Gomez, could be gone in the summer.

Kostas Tsimikas – 4

Tsimikas came in for Andy Robertson, but this was a fairly forgettable showing.

Too much of his all-round game was either unconvincing or lacking, and it goes to show how big the gulf in class remains between Liverpool’s two left-backs.

Subbed with half an hour to go.

Fabinho – 6

Like so many, Fabinho won’t look back on the 20222/23 with fondness and his laughable attempt to stop Sulemana for his second goal summed up his season.

At the other end, the Brazilian provided an assist for his compatriot Firmino on his final game for the club.

Will we see the real Fabinho again next term? He certainly needs to sort out his form.

James Milner – 7

Milner made his 332nd and final appearance for the Reds, bringing to an end the career of arguably the greatest free transfer in the club’s history.

The veteran dragged a left-footed effort wide of the target, in what would have been a lovely moment, but open-play goals from him have become as rare as a dodo!

Otherwise, Milner stuck to his task well, despite not offering a huge amount of quality, and it was fitting that he ended his Liverpool career at left-back – Mr Versatile, Mr Reliable, Mr Everything.

Curtis Jones – 5

Jones has been in sparkling form since earning a sustained run in the team – no midfielder has scored more goals this season – but he was really quiet here.

That’s not to say that he didn’t have good moments, with one lovely flick showcasing his technical ability, but he allowed the game to drift by him a little.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Salah has been Liverpool’s best outfield player this season, despite not always being at his best, but he was arguably the quietest of the Reds’ attacking players against Saints.

That being said, he still got an assist for Jota’s second of the afternoon, and hit the post with a missed-control at 4-4, also being denied late on.

A really good season, especially given the circumstances.

Diogo Jota – 7 (Man of the Match)

Jota came into the team, taking up a left-sided role, and it proved to be a successful end to the campaign on an individual note.

He was gifted the opening goal of the game, following a dreadful misplaced pass by rumoured Liverpool target Romeo Lavia and finished the scoring with a great finish.

He’s been a real loss through injury for much of the campaign.

Roberto Firmino – 7

It was an emotional day for Firmino as he bid farewell, and it was just like Bobby to finish things with a goal.

He took his strike superbly, putting two players on their backsides and firing a low shot into the net – and while he was poor in the lead-up to Sulemana’s goal, we’ll let him off on this occasion!

Firmino bows out as the 16th-highest goalscorer of all time for the Reds with a tally of 111 strikes. What a footballer.


Harvey Elliott (on for Tsimikas, 56′) – 6

Got into a bit of scrap and hit the target with a decent shot from distance.

Luis Diaz (on for Firmino, 56′) – 6

Good for Jota’s second goal, looked lively.

Jordan Henderson (on for Fabinho, 56′) – 5

Terrible pass gifted substitute Armstrong a goal – sums up his season.

Cody Gakpo (on for Jones, 56′) – 7

Scored to make it 4-3 and nearly won it – he’s been one of the positives to take from this season.

Subs not used: Adrian, Konate, Williams, Arthur, Carvalho

Jurgen Klopp – 6

Klopp won’t want to remember this season for too long, and this was a case of simply finishing the campaign.

The German made seven changes in total and it was nice to see him give Milner and Firmino the nod – whether that’s another show of him being too loyal or sentimental is open to debate.

Klopp won’t have been happy about some of the defending on show, with Saints’ goals indicative of Liverpool’s issues at the back all season long.

A big summer rest and then time to go again for the boss – for all his legendary status and brilliance, there simply has to been an enormous improvement in 2022/23.

The lowest points total in a full season under his management. Things need to be significantly better next season.

Player ratings definitions: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not



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