Liverpool player ratings as midfield bosses Manchester City: Top man 9/10

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum scores their first goal

After an impressive first half showing, Liverpool withheld Manchester City pressure to secure a 1-0 Premier League victory. Here's how Liverpool players rated.

GK: Simon Mignolet (7/10) – The Belgium international looked like he has his mojo back – as demonstrated with a confident flick over Sergio Aguero’s head in the first half. Since returning to the line-up, Mignolet has displayed far more confidence and assertiveness as part of Liverpool’s back line.

CB: Ragnar Klavan (7/10) – A shaky start from the Estonian international, who was booked as early as the fifth minute, but the 31-year-old grew into the game and worked in tandem with central defensive partner Dejan Lovren to subdue the returning Sergio Aguero.

CB: Dejan Lovren (7/10) – The Croatian is becoming a vital component of Liverpool’s defensive unit and made several blocks against City’s attacks. Lovren read the game well and helped Klavan manage the ever present threat that Sergio Aguero can pose.

RB: Nathaniel Clyne (7/10) – Afforded space to support Sadio Mane on Liverpool’s right flank, and took full advantage - as exampled with Clyne’s excellent opportunity to test Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo at the start of the second half.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with Liverpool's James Milner

LB: James Milner (8/10) – The duel with former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was a constant theme throughout the first half – a battle that Milner was determined to succeed in. Milner's characteristically disciplined showing was crucial, as Liverpool successfully saw out Manchester City's second half pressure.

CM: Jordan Henderson (7.5/10) – A disciplined and alert display from the increasingly maturing Liverpool captain. Henderson led his midfield partners Can and Wijnaldum by example and helped Liverpool dominate the midfield battles against a poor Yaya Toure and exposed Fernandinho before injury led to withdrawal for Divock Origi shortly after the hour mark.

CM: Emre Can (8/10) – The 21-year-old was bought back into Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up at the expense of forward Origi – and fully proved his worth. Can was an impressive contributor as part of Liverpool’s tireless midfield trio. The only shadow over Can’s application was a booking collected for a lazy foul on Sterling.

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum scores their first goal

CM: Georginio Wijnaldum (8/10) – A bullet header after eight minutes gave Liverpool the lead and appeared to be the catalyst for an admirable display by Wijnaldum. Far more instrumental in the first 45, as City had much more of a grasp on the game after the break, but ultimately Wijnaldum proved the game's differential.

AM: Sadio Mane (6/10) – The pace of Mane provided City’s left sided defensive duo of Aleksandar Kolarov and Nicolas Otamendi with numerous problems throughout the clash. However, Mane’s final ball was not his usual standard and the forward spent most of the second half supporting Clyne against City pressure. Swapped for Lucas Leiva as Liverpool attempted to close the game out in the closing stages.

AM: Adam Lallana (9/10) – Superb left footed cross to assist on Wijnaldum’s headed goal, Lallana ended his impressive 2016 with yet another priceless display. Lallana’s defensive duties were a major help to left back Milner and his industrious central midfield team mates.

FW: Roberto Firmino (6/10) – The talented Brazilian was deployed as a central forward and started well, but failed to impact on the game as a whole. Guilty of over complicating on numerous second half occasions and upon the introduction of Origi was moved to a left-sided role.

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