By Pranav Shahaney

29th Oct, 2022 | 9:43pm

Leeds United player ratings v Liverpool: Liam Cooper disappoints while Illan Meslier, Pascal Struijk shine

Leeds United pulled off one of their best results since winning promotion as they stunned Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday in the Premier League.

The mood going into the game was a sombre one with Jesse Marsch fighting for his job at the club.

However, he will now live to fight another day as he guided his side to a spirited performance against Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Here’s how we rated the Leeds players on the night:

Illan Meslier – 8

Generally conceding one goal against Liverpool will not be a bad outing but the Frenchman could’ve had it a lot worse had he not pulled off a few miraculous saves. However, after a disappointing first half in which he made a few mistakes, he came out stronger in the second. He made nine saves throughout the game including a one-on-one shot from Darwin Nunez. This undoubtedly was his best first half of football as a Leeds player and he deserves to soak in all the adulation he gets over the coming days and weeks.

Rasmus Kristensen – 5

Spent most of the time playing on the back foot, rather than the final third, but still was up to the task and did fairly well. He struggled to get his crosses or long passes to find their target on most occasions, but he did win most of his duels in the air and did his bit to keep the Liverpool attack at bay.

Robin Koch – 6

Made a few important blocks throughout the game and it wasn’t an easy game for him as he had to play deeper than he usually likes to, given Liverpool’s attacking threat. He did a good job at keeping most of the shots away from goal, restricting the Reds to an xG of less than 2.

Liam Cooper – 2

Cooper’s woes began in the first minute after a mix-up with Meslier almost cost them a goal. In the second half, the Whites captain again had a nervy moment which saw the Reds have a decent effort on goal. Lastly, in the 76th minute too, Cooper was once again found wanting when Salah nutmegged him and left him on the floor to have a clear-cut shot at goal which he ended up scuffing. Cooper could’ve cost Leeds at least two goals had it not been for Meslier’s unreal performance on the night. He’s really been bailed out by the Frenchman.

Pascal Struijk – 8

Bailed the side out from conceding a first-minute goal with a brilliant clearance off the line. He won all four of his attempted ground duels and was good with his passing as well. Playing him instead of Junior Firpo was undoubtedly the right call.

Tyler Adams – 7

A real difference maker when he’s in the team and we understand why Marsch prioritised a move for him. He did not play the last game and the Whites looked all over the place in midfield. With him there, they were more structured and always had him cover up on the transition. He also made three important tackles in the game.

Marc Roca – 6

While he may have lost most of his ground duels, he put ina tireless shift through and had an impressive three interceptions all game and constantly looked to sabotage the Reds taking control in midfield. Despite having Thiago in their side, Roca and Adams managed to keep them quiet.

Jack Harrison – 3

Nothing looked right for Harrison on the day and was rightly brought off by Marsch. He did not complete a single dribble from his four attempts and failed to put in an accurate cross as long as he was on the pitch.

Brenden Aaronson – 4

Given the fast start he’s had to his career, this was a rather disappointing performance from him. Playing in his customary number 10 position, he would’ve liked to have done more than what he did at Anfield.

Crysencio Summerville – 5

A football match and a moment he probably will remember for the rest of his career. Going to Anfield as underdogs with Leeds United and in the bottom three, nobody gave Leeds a chance to win, but the 20-year-old came up with the goods and however scrappy it may be, scored the winner. He did not look lively for the entire game, but when he had the chance to score, he took it, no questions asked.

Rodrigo – 6

Scored the goal from a Joe Gomez error early on but then was relatively quiet without offering much of a goal threat. However, he still put the hard yards off the ball and will not be faulted for a tireless display against one of the strongest teams in Europe.

Subs

Luke Ayling – N/A

Patrick Bamford – 6

Willy Gnonto – 4

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard this month.