Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino failed to impress in Liverpool’s 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Reds faced a potentially tricky game on Sunday evening as they visited a Forest side hopeful of earning promotion to the Premier League this season and hoping to claim a third top-flight scalp in the cup competition in 2022.
Diogo Jota’s late goal proved to be the difference between the two teams, with the Portuguese forward firing home from Kostas Tsimikas’ excellent cross.
As per stats from Sofascore, though, some Liverpool players weren’t at their best. We’ve pored through the numbers to analyse the Reds’ three worst performers among those to feature for at least 45 minutes.
Harvey Elliott – 6.6
Elliott earned a rare start for the Reds, being used in Mohamed Salah’s right-sided role in attack.
In truth, the 18-year-old produced a disappointing performance, losing possession seven times and failing to register a shot, unable to affect the game in the process.
Elliott also made no tackles against Forest and lost out in one duel in what was a timid showing, although he is still very young and feeling his way back after his serious ankle injury earlier in the season.
Naby Keita – 6.8
The Guinean gave away the ball 14 times and won just four out of his 10 duels during the match.
While the 27-year-old did make three tackles, he failed to register an interception at the City Ground and was dribbled past on one occasion, so there are still facets of his game where he can improve.
Roberto Firmino – 6.8
Firmino led the line on Sunday but produced a hit-and-miss showing, starting the game promisingly but getting worse as it went on.
The 30-year-old won just two duels out of nine, lost possession 13 times and was also guilty of missing a glorious one-on-one opportunity. He also committed two fouls, made no interceptions and was dribbled past twice.
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