German newspaper Bild controversially rates Liverpool players following draw with Bayern

Liverpool v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Liverpool will be mildly satisfied after their hard-fought 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's side battled valiantly to try and score that all important goal that would see them have a safety blanket going into the second leg at the Allianz Arena, but it was to no avail.

Defensively, Liverpool were extremely sound, preventing Bayern from having a shot on target in a Champions League game for the first time since their semi-final first leg against Barcelona in 2015.

There were some stand-out performers, most notably Jordan Henderson, who has been on the receiving end of a significant amount of criticism for the majority of the eight years he has been at the club.

Makeshift defender Fabinho proved once again he is more than capable of filling in if need be along with returning centre-back Joel Matip.

The two partnered up reasonably well, although Matip's early mistake did almost allow Bayern to bag an early away goal, luckily for the Cameroonian, his sliced clearance was rebounded to safety off goalkeeper Alisson.

So, despite a more than capable performance from most of Liverpool's players, you would expect ratings as a whole to be rather average with a few being rewarded with a higher rating.

However, German newspaper Bild saw things very differently and their player ratings - especially for Liverpool - typify this.

Just to clarify, the system that Bild have used is that of the German school system when grading assignments.

Instead of a British style 1-10 with 10 being excellent and 1 being abysmal, we have a 1-6 system, with 1 being the top grade and 6 being the worst.

Liverpool v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Taking this into account, the grading is somewhat bizarre from a neutral point of view.

No Liverpool player was graded higher than a 3, which means that even Henderson who had one of his better performances in a Liverpool shirt had to settle for 'average'.

On the other hand, Mats Hummels for Bayern received a 1 - the best possible grade. Now, the German did perform well but to say he couldn't have performed better is perhaps a little steep.

Liverpool v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Robert Lewandowski, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mo Salah and Kingsley Coman all received 4's, meaning that all of their performances were below par.

James Rodriguez and Andrew Robertson were the unlucky ones, as their 5 rating placed them joint-bottom of the pile.


To say that these ratings are somewhat biased towards Bayern is arguable, but the same newspaper did produce plenty of 3's and 4's for Tottenham following their commanding 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

So maybe the argument does carry some weight.

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