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Player ratings: Liverpool lose at Old Trafford making it their worst start to a season in ten years

Liverpool carried on their woeful start to the campaign with a dismal performance against Manchester United as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Jadon Sancho got the ball rolling for The Red Devils with a composed finish sitting down James Milner and Alisson before slotting it home.

In the second half Marcus Rashford got the second after being put through on goal by Anthony Martial.

Mo Salah got a goal with ten minutes to go but Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled to create another opportunity to salvage a draw.

The loss makes it Liverpool’s worst start to a season in ten years with the side that beat Manchester City 3-1 a few weeks ago looking like they have disappeared.

It was another poor disjointed display with the injuries piling up for Liverpool like two seasons ago.

With just over a week to go until the transfer window closes it remains to be seen if the poor form and unavailable players will force FSG’s hand to give Klopp more funds to spend.

Player ratings:

Alisson: 4

Made a couple of decent saves but was sat down for Sancho’s goal and his distribution was poor like against Fulham.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 2

One of his worst displays in a Liverpool shirt, misplaced so many hopeless long balls and got ran ragged by Anthony Elanga in the first half.

Joe Gomez: 4

The only defender who can come away with any credit looked good on the ball and played some penetrating passes.

Virgil Van Dijk: 2

Woeful defending for the first goal which is why he unsurprisingly got a rollicking off James Milner. Been an alarming start to the season for him considering how high his standards are.

Andy Robertson: 3

Lost the ball casually in the build-up for the first goal. Cannot link up with Luis Diaz at all.

Jordan Henderson: 2

Offered the defence no help and was at fault for the second with an awful touch presenting possession to United.

James Milner: 2

Got sat down for the goal like Alisson and ended up being the striker in the first half which is in no way a positive thing. Realistically should not be starting games like this in 2022 which raises the question why haven’t Liverpool signed a midfielder.

Harvey Elliott: 4

Was attempting to make things happen but could not get anywhere near Bruno Fernandes or Christian Eriksen who ran the midfield with Scott McTominay.

Mo Salah: 5

Scored the goal so gets the highest rating as no one for Liverpool stood out. Tyrell Malacia had him in his pocket.

Roberto Firmino: 2

Practically played as a defensive midfielder meaning there was no one through the middle which led to Milner having to improvise. Really bizarre.

Luis Diaz: 3

Like Malacia with Salah Diego Dalot had him in his pocket, couldn’t create anything at all throughout the game.

Substitutions:

Fabinho: 3

Didn’t change anything when he came on, strange that he was dropped.

Fabio Carvalho: 4.5

Added something different to the attack with his shot allowing Salah to nod in the rebound, should have been brought on earlier than the 74th minute.

Kostas Tsimikas: n/a

Had five minutes, touched the ball six times.

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