Alisson Becker (9 points)
Another contest in which the Brazilian was preoccupied about staying warm.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7 points)
With Villarreal sitting deep, his crossing provided a forward outlet, resulting in some scrambling defending. Subbed.
Konate (7 points)
Although one early header from a corner did not connect properly, the Kop welcomed several good defensive moments.
Van Dijk, Virgil (7 points)
Before the break, there wasn’t much to do defensively, but the second half saw a decent challenge on Danjuma. Booked.
Andy Robertson (9 points)
One bold effort was deflected behind the first half, but the audience was enlivened by the fact that they were often the first to loose balls. The Scot was so advanced that he could almost play as a left winger.
Fabinho (9 points)
Liverpool’s offensive were built around him on a regular basis, and he made good use of possession. Villarreal were trapped in their own final third due to constant pressure.
Thiago Alcantara (9 points)
With quick passing and constant switching of play, he kept Liverpool ticking over, and his 30-yard effort hit the post. I got stuck in and it’s going as well as it ever has.
Jordan Henderson (9 points)
Before the interval, he jumped into challenges and led the home team’s relentless pressing, and his cross was deflected in for the game’s first goal. Subbed.
Mohamed Salah (8 points)
Before the break, they came close on many times when shooting too high and not allowing left-back Estupinan to rest, which led to a beautiful pass for Mane’s goal.
Sadio Mane (8 points)
Villarreal’s defense was constantly harassed. First-half header from a fantastic Salah cross went horribly awry, but he finished nicely when provided by the same guy for the second. Subbed.
Luis Diaz (8 points)
Rulli’s palms were warmed twice in the first half, and direct running was often too much for Foyth, who continued to threaten in another outstanding performance. Subbed.