LW Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane squandered a couple of good opportunities and wasn’t always on the same wavelength as the other forwards, which caused him to be out of the picture when a potential chance came. But he made an important contribution to the team with a world-class cross and set-up for that cross, which Nat Phillips gleefully converted. Mane is a handful for any defense on the ball, even when he’s not in his best form, as he showed by drawing four fouls to go with a vital four key passes. This was, in my book, a step forward from the 29-year-old forward.
CF Roberto Firmino
Liverpool were in a tough battle with Burnley to start the match, so Roberto Firmino’s calmly-finished opener was yet another important goal from the Brazilian No. 9. Firminio was, like Thiago in midfield, always in the battles for his team. He was creative and active for Liverpool, and, in addition to the goal, that’s what you want to see from the experienced man in the middle.
RW Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah was so close to scoring on a couple of occasions, but great defending from the top-class center back pairing of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski prevented him from finding the scoresheet. He had some moments of technical brilliance, but it also seemed like Salah was doing things a little too slowly. His passes, even his shot attempts, had an aura of hesistancy about them, and he was dispossessed too frequently. It was a tough matchup for him, though, so, all told, he was also a slight positive for the Reds on Matchday 37.