Gave it to Skrtle. Thought he did his job as well as anyone on the field.while others dissapeared in the second half he stuck to his job and got on with the game. And with a player he never set foot on a field with before alongside him.
And may I add I thought Sakho did pretty well tonight.CB partnerships are probably the most difficult debut.Got into a few bad positions but I watched him closely and he did some excellent work too.Simple strong covering and straight forward direct passes.He will be good.
I haven't voted yet as I'm hoping to watch the second half (or dreading according to what y'all are sayin'!) of the game to get the full picture. But based purely on the first half, I'd give it to Mignolet for a couple of difficult low saves. Looked to be almost at full stretch and four games in he looks to have deliciously quick reactions. He's been the difference a couple of times already and I suspect that's not the last time I'll say that.
I voted for Sturridge. Without even blinking.
He was involved in both our goals in a very ingenious way. His anticipation for the back-pass was hunting instinct, I'm still impressed on how he started running towards the back-pass before Shelvey would even turn to make it. Prophetic!
And in the second one, the way he opened up defense for Moses by running behind him and then drifting outside, he created all the space Moses needed.
Scored for the 4th consecutive league game.
But the cherry on the pie is that I always wanted to vote for him as MOTM in all first 3 games, for doing the obvious - scoring the winner, I'd always find a player that I thought really deserved it. Quite a few players that had a great game here (Skrtel, Mignolet, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses), but this time without even thinking, I had no other option:
I didn't like the idea of bringing him in on a loan and I still don't but he dispelled a lot of doubts I had about him as a player with a quite brilliant debut. It was great to see a player beating out wide, we haven't had that in a long time and he took his goal very well.
Mignolet - 6 distribution needs to improve
Wisdom - 6 picked up a yellow and needs better distribution
Skrtel - 8 was very solid all round
Shako - 6 first game, tried a few too many fancy back heels and tricks
Enrique - 7 pretty solid all night
Gerrard - 6 just wasn't the all singing dancing everything last night
Lucas - 7 did the hard yards well and was unfortunate with the yellow
Henderson - 7 worked really hard, would have been my second pick for MOTM
Couthinio - 7 very good until he literally got hacked off
Moses - 7 faded and was only solid rather than good or great
Sturrdge - 7 scored the goal, made space for the second but is still a bit greedy and I hope this spree is not going to his
Aspas - 4 anonymous for the most part and was too easily pushed off the ball
Toure - 4 is not the right back and his lack of pace was frighteningly exposed
Sterling - 5 had no impact but gets more than the others as he didn't really have terribly long to make one
I just cannot understand Toure and Aspas coming on. On another day that could easily have cost us the point.
Toss up between Skrtel and Mignolet. That skrtel clearence was unbelievable! But I'll give it to Mignolet, what a quality keeper, he has saved us so many points this season. That low save from a deflected Bony shot in the first half was outstanding, to actually hold it rather than spill it for a tap in was remarkable. Loved it when he came to punch and demolished Bony. That is what a keeper should be doing. He has had such an impact that Pepe is a distant memory.