Liverpool secured a valuable victory last night in Russia, which makes us favourites to qualify from our Europa League group as winners.
Nobody performed badly, but these five impressed most, roughly in this order.
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5) Joe Allen
Clever and precise in the anchoring role. Our domination of possession was perfect for Allen, who linked defence with attack. He cleverly beat Rubin midfielders by letting the ball run into space, and ticked us over like a metronome all evening. Not the most challenging of matches for the Welshman, but it’s important to recognise that he’s been faultless under the new manager, and is proving a good backup option for Lucas.