PLAYER RATINGS: Trent Alexander-Arnold runs Inter Milan ragged despite defeat


Liverpool can breathe a sigh of relief as they squeezed through to the Champions League quarter-finals. 

It was a 1-0 defeat on the night to Inter Milan, with Lautaro Martinez netting a stunner. 

But a 2-0 win in San Siro put parity between the sides and Jurgen Klopp’s side see their dream of a quadruple this season roll on. 

Sportsmail’s IAN LADYMAN and NATHAN SALT rate the two sides after a frantic night at Anfield…  

Liverpool were made to sweat as they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3) 

Alisson Becker – 6

Couldn’t do anything about Martinez’s bullet of a finish. Kept fans on their toes with some risky passing from the back. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8

Always tried to make things happen and continued the fine form he’s been in this season. Almost crowned another strong performance with a sublime free-kick.

Joel Matip – 6

Unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after rattling the crossbar during the first half. A solid, if unspectacular, display aside from that. 

Joel Matip (left) thought he had given Liverpool the lead when his strike struck the crossbar

Joel Matip (left) thought he had given Liverpool the lead when his strike struck the crossbar

Virgil van Dijk – 6

Let himself down by backing off Martinez and giving him the freedom of Anfield to open the scoring. Had better nights.  

Andy Robertson – 6

On another night he could have had a couple of assists to his name but he just lacked the composure he so often shows in the final third.  

Curtis Jones – 7 (Keita 64mins, 6)

He will always have his dissenters but the 21-year-old did well on the right of a midfield three. Inter were powerful in that engine room and he stood tall. 

Curtis Jones is just 21 but he was a shining light in a Liverpool midfield that had a tough night

Curtis Jones is just 21 but he was a shining light in a Liverpool midfield that had a tough night

Fabinho – 6

Made some absolutely vital interceptions and played a key role in running the clock down towards the end. His influence on this team is crucial, even when he’s not at his best. 

Thiago – 6.5 (Henderson 64mins)

Was on the end of Sanchez’s challenge that saw a second booking, changing the tie. Neat and tidy and fortunate to avoid further injury after some hefty challenges from Inter. 

Mohamed Salah – 6.5

How did he not score? Smashed one against Handanovic’s right-hand post and looked shell-shocked that he finished this match having lost and without a goal. He’ll be back among the goals in no time. 

It was a rare night without a goal for Mohamed Salah, who rattled the post to spare Inter

It was a rare night without a goal for Mohamed Salah, who rattled the post to spare Inter

Diogo Jota – 6

Well below his usual level and with Luis Diaz nipping at his heels he’ll know he needs to step up to keep a starting berth.  

Sadio Mane – 6.5

Set Salah through on goal and kept Inter’s defence on alert. His 50th appearance in the Champions League. 

MANAGER: Jurgen Klopp – 6

Could smile at the end having got away with it. He’ll know they will have to ride their luck if the Quadruple dream is to rumble on and they did just that. Got to play a lot better when the quarter-finals roll round.  

Jurgen Klopp accepted his side rode their luck but knows that is the side of true champions

Jurgen Klopp accepted his side rode their luck but knows that is the side of true champions

INTER MILAN (3-5-2) 

Samir Handanovic – 6

Rode his luck and should probably have kissed the posts on the way out. A clean sheet at Anfield on a European night is nothing to be sniffed at, mind you. 

Milan Skriniar – 6.5

The best of the bunch in Inter’s back three. Risk and reward comes to mind as Liverpool did get chances but failed to take them. Never stopped running.  

Milan Skriniar was the best of Inter's back three but knows he was lucky to get a clean sheet

Milan Skriniar was the best of Inter’s back three but knows he was lucky to get a clean sheet

Stefan De Vrij – 6 (D’Ambrosio 45mins 6)

Injured at half-time with a calf strain. Not much to write home about in the 45 minutes he played.  

Andrea Bastoni – 6

Found it tough to keep Salah at bay. Got body-checked by the Egyptian but finished with a clean sheet. 

Denzel Dumfries – 6.5 (Correa 75mins 6)

Started really poorly and looked like a weak link but grew into the contest.  

Arturo Vidal – 7

One of the best on the park. He was absolutely everywhere and dominated the midfield battle. Looked at his best for large periods.  

Arturo Vidal lived up to the engine room tag as he was everywhere in an industrious display

Arturo Vidal lived up to the engine room tag as he was everywhere in an industrious display

Marcelo Brozovic – 6 (Gagliardini 74mins, 6)

An absolute pest harrying Liverpool players in possession. Finished with 100 per cent take-on success with 59 passes from 67 touches.

Hakan Calhanoglu – 6 (Vecino 83mins)

Stung Alisson’s palms with a free-kick in the first half but faded as the game went on.  

Ivan Perisic – 6.5

Much like Dumfries, started poorly.  His end product is incredibly frustrating but became an increasing threat until they went down to 10.

Lautaro Martinez – 7

A brilliant finish which was worthy of winning any game. Got far too much time from Van Dijk and he showed his class. Shame red card for Sanchez killed the game.  

Lautaro Martinez (right) scored a stunner but it proved in vein as Inter suffered elimination

Lautaro Martinez (right) scored a stunner but it proved in vein as Inter suffered elimination

Alexis Sanchez – 5.5

Easy to say in retrospect but this completely killed the momentum of the game. A real shame because Inter were brilliant. No excuses for the two yellows. Both bookings. 

MANAGER: Simone Inzaghi – 6

Came to Anfield without much hope for his side and had the Carabao Cup winners on the ropes, even with Inter’s woodwork being rattled. Can use this as a fire to reignite their Serie A title bid. 

Simone Inzaghi was picking Liverpool's lock until his side were reduced to 10 men late on

Simone Inzaghi was picking Liverpool’s lock until his side were reduced to 10 men late on

REFEREE: Mateu Lahoz – 6

Scrutinised for the red card – which pundits like Rio Ferdinand didn’t agree with at all – but Sanchez put him in an unenviable position. Shame it defined the game. 



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