Liverpool 3-1 Leicester – Player Ratings

Tom Barnes
10 months ago

Liverpool came from behind yet again to secure their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Wednesday evening.

Kasey McAteer opened the scoring for the Foxes in the opening stages, before a trio of second-half goals from Cody Gakpo, Dominik Szoboszlai and Diogo Jota secured Liverpool's comeback.

Here are the player ratings from Wednesday night's encounter.


Caoimhin Kelleher (GK): 5

The Irishman will be glad to have had a quiet game. He couldn't do much more for Leicester's early opener, but rarely had anything to do afterwards.

Curtis Jones (RB): 6

The latest Liverpool player to cover in Trent Alexander-Arnold's absence, but it seems unlikely we will see Jones there much in the future.

The Scouser, and tonight's captain, did little wrong but was unable to provide much of his usual facilitation of creativity in the final third.

Ibrahima Konate (CB): 7

The Frenchman produced a fine piece of defending to deny Wilfred Ndidi an equaliser late on, showing just how strong his recovery runs are.

Other than that, a quiet night for Ibou.

Jarell Quansah (CB): 8

Relatively untested too defensively, but produced an immense assist for Liverpool's third.

Quansah's work rate was rewarded as he pinched the ball off a Leicester defender before picking out Diogo Jota in the box to seal Liverpool's place in the fourth round draw.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB): 5

Had the ball pinched off him for the opener, with the Greek defender believing he was fouled.

Tsimikas couldn't really create much in the final third, with his trademark crosses nowhere to be seen tonight.

Wataru Endo (CM): 8 

Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. He certainly loves a tackle does Endo, and his ability to read the game was there for all to see. 

He looked a threat on the ball tonight too, linking up with the forwards nicely. 

Harvey Elliott (CM): 6

Whenever Elliott is on the pitch you are guaranteed maximum work rate and he showed that in abundance today.

He couldn’t get going before the break, and it certainly wasn’t his day in front of goal in the second half. A solid outing, however. 

Ryan Gravenberch (CM): 7

Similar to Elliott, he struggled to get involved in the first half but sparked Liverpool’s comeback with a brilliant assist for his Dutch teammate Cody Gakpo’s leveller. 

Looks very much at home already with two goal contributions in his first two starts as a Red. 

Ben Doak (RW): 7

Liverpool’s most dangerous forward in the first half will be disappointed not to have recorded his first competitive goal for the club as the Scotsman fired against the crossbar from close range. 

Doak was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when James Justin hacked him down. If VAR was in operation, it could’ve been a different story. 

Diogo Jota (LW): 7

An ever-present threat when he’s on the pitch. He will be scratching his head on how he didn’t score in the first half after fluffing his lines from two yards out.

The Portuguese forward made up for it, though, with a beautiful flick to confirm Liverpool’s place in the fourth round status late on. 

Cody Gakpo (ST): 8

If Jurgen Klopp didn’t have a headache already about who his strongest front three are, Gakpo has certainly given him one now. 

A fine finish ignited the spark for Liverpool’s comeback while not giving the Leicester centre backs any breathing space all game.

SUBSTITUTES

Dominik Szoboszlai (Doak, 65): 8

The Hungarian has only been on Merseyside for a few months, yet we are already running out of superlatives for him.

Another outstanding performance when he came on today, capped off with a goal that may not be topped all season.

Steven Gerrard-esque.

Szoboszlai picked the ball up from just outside the area before firing a rocket into the top corner in front of the Kop.

Darwin Nuñez (Gravenberch, 65): 6

Not his most chaotic of evenings tonight when he came on. Always a threat, however. Nearly grabbed himself a goal but his instinctive effort whistled just wide.

Stefan Bajcetic (Jones, 79): N/A

Luke Chambers (Tsimikas, 90): N/A

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