Liverpool player ratings: Naby Keita good but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poor vs Mainz – Liverpool Echo

Caoimhin Kelleher 6

Young Ireland international didn’t have a whole lot to do. Held one shot comfortably and was never in danger of being beaten.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7

Wonderful first-time pass almost got Salah in early on and was always dangerous from dead-ball situations and crossing areas. Looked very sharp.

Ibrahima Konate 6

Lining up on the left side of centre-back, the new man looked unruffled for much of the game. Showed his recovery pace on a number of occasions to snuff out attacks from Mainz.

Joel Matip 6

Eased his way through the game in a low gear once more. Will be pleased with his 45 minutes in the first half. Needs to stay fit and he’ll be a top-class option for Klopp this season.

Kostas Tsimikas 6

Another decent showing to add to his impressive half hour against Stuttgart earlier this week. Can expect more first-team appearances next season with a settled centre-back partnership next to him.

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Naby Keita 7

Probed and poked in an attempt to get Liverpool on the front foot. One lovely bit of skill saw him evade two challenges in the first half. Needs to dominate rather than decorate games more, though. The ability is never in question after all.

James Milner 6

A wily veteran of the pre-season schedule, Milner didn’t overexert himself in the middle of the park, but was on hand to keep it neat and tidy without ever offering too much as an attacking force.

Harvey Elliott 6

Found it tough to get into the game as part of a midfield three. One nicely-weighted pass got Salah in down the right and almost ended in a goal.

Mohamed Salah 6

Looked sharp at times, but wasn’t involved nearly enough and never really threatened the Mainz backline. Will be pleased to get some needed minutes in the tank.

Sadio Mane 6

Started brightly but didn’t find himself on the end of any real chances in the first period. Like Salah, will just be pleased to get a decent workout ahead of the game with Hertha Berlin next week.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5

Still finding his feet as he continues to adapt to the centre forward role in Roberto Firmino’s absence. Should have scored towards the end of the first half with Liverpool’s only real chance.

Adrian 7

Didn’t have to do loads, but made one excellent save from a volley on the edge of the box.

Neco Williams 6

A welcome return to action for the Wales international. Future may yet lie away from Anfield, but will be a dependable understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold if not. Defended gamely but lacked an attacking threat.

Phillips 7

Will be delighted to get his pre-season schedule up and running after missing Tuesday’s games. Coached his defensive partner through it and appeared to relish the seniority.

Koumetio 7

Ibrahima Konate isn’t the only young French defender with a big future at centre-back. An assured performance from the Under-18 star. Might be keeping his fingers crossed for a look-in for the cups this season.

Beck 7

Was robbed of possession high up the pitch and got Liverpool into trouble with a counter-attack, but the young left-back has bags of ability as evidenced by the cross that gave Liverpool the own goal that won them the game.

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Clarkson 7

Another confident showing from the Academy starlet. So comfortable with the ball at his feet in any area of the pitch. Excellent passing range, both short and long, was on show.

Morton 6

Put himself about at times in the second half but was withdrawn for Jake Cain.

Gordon 7

Almost scored after pressing the goalkeeper into an error before the hour mark before forcing another save. Looked the Reds’ most likely goalscorer. Will be a big talent in years to come.

Jones 6

Skewed a shot well wide early on before finding the top of the stand with another later on. Still finding his range, it would seem.

Minamino 5

Unable to make a telling contribution. Missed his chance to give his manager some food for thought in the attacking options without Firmino.

Origi 5

Impressive turn of pace saw him burst clear to set up one chance but saw the 45 minutes pass him by otherwise. Liverpool career may just be petering out quietly.

Cain 6

Harried and pressed with intent, clearly keen to impress the watching Klopp.

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