Ian Doyle provides player ratings following Liverpool’s performance in the League Cup semi-final second leg against Fulham on Wednesday.
Advancing to the Carabao Cup final, Liverpool secured their spot with a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Wednesday night.
Taking an early lead, Luis Diaz’s goal initially positioned Liverpool comfortably, with Fulham posing minimal threat in attack for extended periods.
However, a late strike by Issa Diop injected tension into the match, setting the stage for a potentially nerve-wracking conclusion. Despite a late surge from the hosts, Jurgen Klopp’s team successfully fended off the challenge, securing a Wembley berth with a 3-2 aggregate score.
Looking ahead, Liverpool is set to face Chelsea in the final scheduled for February 25. This clash echoes the 2022 final, where Liverpool emerged victorious in a penalty shootout following a goalless draw over 120 minutes.
Here’s how Ian Doyle rated the Liverpool players’ performance
Caoimhin Kelleher 6
“Touched away dangerous Fulham cross early on and good save from low Jimenez drive. Got away with missing cross when Pereira hit post and a bit unconvincing at times.”
Conor Bradley 7
“Kept busy at both ends with Willian testing him defensively and Liverpool pressing regularly down their right. More difficult going after break as Fulham cranked up pressure and outfoxed by Wilson in build-up to equaliser.”
Jarell Quansah 7
“Composed performance, particularly in possession, and can claim assist for opener. Unlucky with touch that inadvertently set up Fulham leveller.”
Virgil van Dijk 8
“Dominated Jimenez in the air and reading of the game prompted series of interceptions. Leadership important during testing final quarter.”
Joe Gomez 8
“Worked so well alongside Van Dijk in helping shut down Fulham attacks from the right and had shot deflected over, and spent second half essentially playing as inverted left-back.”
Alexis Mac Allister 7
“Influential during the early stages as Liverpool avoided a repeat of their slow start at Bournemouth. Took a sore one from Cairney. Subbed.x
Harvey Elliott 8
“Targeted for jeers by the Fulham fans and responded with a busy performance and constantly moved Liverpool forward with his dribbling. Forced save from Leno.”
Ryan Gravenberch 7
“Began brightly, using ball intelligently and maintained his level for the most part. Benefited from longer time on the pitch. Subbed.”
Cody Gakpo 6
“Flitted in and out of the game and struggled a little with positioning on the right, although endeavour couldn’t be faulted. Subbed.”
Darwin Nunez 7
“Became increasingly isolated first half as Fulham began to press Liverpool back. More lively as game became open second half and forced fine save from Leno. Subbed.”
Luis Diaz 9
“Strong start rewarded with the opening goal and continued to prove a threat getting in behind Castagne, and excellent second half with work-rate and willingness to run and keep the ball.”
Diogo Jota (for Nunez 67) 6
“Instantly became involved in a running battle with Diop and another denied by Leno.”
Curtis Jones (for Mac Allister 67) 6
“Started tidily in defensive midfield more testing as Fulham piled forward.”
Ibrahima Konate (for Gakpo 84)
“Slotted into the backline in the closing stages.”
Bobby Clark (for Gravenberch 84)
Helped Liverpool see the game out.
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