Liverpool 2-0 AC Milan: Player Ratings

03.08.2014


Liverpool defeated AC Milan in Charlotte on Saturday, as they prepared for Monday’s International Champions Cup final against Manchester United with a routine 2-0 victory. Henry Jackson assesses each Reds performer on the night.


CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: Liverpool take on AC Milan during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET– 6 (out of 10)

The Belgian was relatively untroubled throughout, but when he was called upon he was solid. Made a fine save late on.

MARTIN KELLY- 5

The 24-year-old struggled again, and really does look like a player badly affected by injuries. He offered little going forward- his athleticism seems to have deserted him- and defensively he didn’t look particularly assured.

KOLO TOURE– 6

Toure has had a solid pre-season, and he did well against a weak Milan side. He made one fine last-ditch tackle in the frist-half.

SEBASTIAN COATES– 6

Coates continued his impressive form this summer with another decent display. He looked classy on the ball and played with a maturity and confidence throughout.

JACK ROBINSON- 5

The young left-back offered plenty of diligence going forward, but he lacks the quality to become anything close to a regular for the Reds. The 20-year-old almost gifted Milan a goal having lost the ball in the first-half, but luckily Joe Allen made a vital challenge to spare his blushes.

LUCAS LEIVA– 7

The 27-year-old produced arguably his best performance of pre-season so far, winning numerous tackles and offering the defence plenty of protection. His ball retention was better than it has been too.

JORDAN HENDERSON– 8

Henderson was excellent once again, showing just what an important player he has become for Liverpool. He drove forward with pace and power and showed good creativity on the ball in his 45 minutes on the pitch. He’s starting to show signs of Steven Gerrard at that age.

JOE ALLEN- 8

Allen played a key role in proceedings, and was more influential than he has been of late. He took his goal well, showcased his passing range and made one crucial tackle at the other end.

CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: Liverpool's Joe Allen scores the first goal against AC Milan with team-mate Rickie Lambert during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

RAHEEM STERLING– 7

The 19-year-old looked very lively in his 45 minutes on show, winning the penalty that Rickie Lambert missed and generally posing a threat whenever he got the ball.

JORDON IBE– 8

Ibe was Liverpool’s star man, outlining just what huge potential he has. The 18-year-old is extremely strong physically, and Milan simply couldn’t handle him when he ran at them with the ball. He played a key role in the lead-up to the penalty, running almost the whole length of the pitch with the ball.

RICKIE LAMBERT- 5

The 32-year-old is struggling early on in a Reds shirt, perhaps understandably, and he almost looks to be trying too hard. His touch was heavy, he lacked movement and his penalty miss will do his confidence no good.

Substitutes

CONOR COADY (on for Henderson 46)- 6

The 21-year-old sat in the midfield, and didn’t look out of place in what was a mature performance.

SUSO (on for Sterling 46)- 7

The young Spaniard oozed quality on the ball, and his terrific finish sealed Liverpool’s victory late on.

CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: Liverpool's 'Suso' Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Saenz De La Torre scores the second goal against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

GLEN JOHNSON (on for Kelly 60)- 6

The 29-year-old got forward well, but didn’t really have much of an impact on the game.

MARTIN SKRTEL (on for Toure 60)- 6

The Slovakian was largely unnoticed in his 30-minute cameo, but did nothing wrong.

MAMADOU SAKHO (on for Coates 60)- 7

The 24-year-old was dominant when he came on, and although some claim the opposite because of his slightly awkward style, he was impressive as ever in possession.

JOSE ENRIQUE (on for Robinson 60)- 6

The Spaniard was quiet when he came on.

STEVEN GERRARD (on for Lucas 60)- 6

Barring one long-range effort the skipper had an understated game, but he did produce a couple of trademark passes from his deep-lying midfield role.

EMRE CAN (on for Allen 60)- 6

Can didn’t really get into the game when he was introduced, but he did add dynamism to the midfield.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO (on for Ibe 60)- 6

The 22-year-old Brazilian was largely on the periphery of things, having replaced the superb Ibe.

KRIS PETERSON (on for Lambert 60)- 6

The youngster was quiet, but did nothing wrong.

Who was your star man against AC Milan? Let us know in the comments section below.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Hehe…can’t wait to see the reaction out here to Allen getting an 8, though he was one of the better players today IMO. Pace and tempo was excruciatingly slow for most of the match though…Milan really need to get their sh*t together.

    • allen played well for him no doubt about it but to say he took is goal well is slightly over the top he should have buried it the first time
      the major concern is where wil the goals come from when the season starts proper sturridge will always be injury prone lambert is inding it hard to adapt and borinni is just not good enough ,

    • Forget milan, couldnt care less… Some of our own players need to pick their game up…. Kelly/enrique… Wont even mention Gj…. And lambert needs to snap out of his “i’m playing for liverpool” haze, its like he is on dope…. Go reds! Lets kick some manure a$$….

      • “And lambert needs to snap out of his “i’m playing for liverpool” haze, its like he is on dope”

        hahaha

    • Given time on the ball , Allen can be a world beater. Sadly this is rarely the case. I agree the pace of this game was not up to the standard and well Milan demise is ”chagrinant”.

    • Allen probably deserved his 8 but I’m surprised they did not give him a 10 here. As his performances are usually overstated. Last time he deserved a 4 he got a 6.

    • The pace of the game was probably slower than expected because of the weather: 32-37 *C on average during summer in North Carolina, humid as hell. The boys who went to Brazil were probably having flashbacks to their terrible World Cup.

      • I was at that game, temp was not a problem. Only 22 degrees Celsius, and 40% humidity. I’ve looks to be a beast. Hope he comes good this season. Def need a RB, LB, and 1st team striker. Jeez Lambert looks bad.

  2. i think we need to actually play ibe in the league.. he is gonna create and score goals every game him and sterling are game changers.. need them both in the side,

    • Won’t have a choice… We just have markovic and sterling on the wings, so plenty of opportunities for ibe this season…

    • Its my personal opinion but I have always felt and believed that Ibe can surpass Sterling. He has always looked a better prospect to me than Sterling. Time will tell but here’s hoping that atleast he matches Sterling if not surpassing him

  3. Just reading this little tournament has won us £2 million so far with a chance of another £600,000 if we win it!!! More prize money then the FA Cup!

  4. I think we´re in for a treat this year. The midfield is oozing with speed and talent. I really hope we sign one or two really pacey defenders to force Glenn and José to get their thumbs unstuck. Robbo and Kelly really needs to move on. Coates looks great, but the games so far has been fairly slow.

  5. Of what I have seen and read, it seems BRod doesn’t have him in his long term plans. Either he doesn’t rate him highly enough or he is down in the pecking order. Seems more of the later reason than the former.

  6. Mignolet- Is fine and will do well
    Kelly and Robinson- Have no future at Liverpool
    Toure and Coates- Could be decent squad player’s this year
    Henderson and Sterling- Vital and are Liverpool and England’s future
    Lucas and Allen- Good squad player’s
    Ibe- Definitely one for the future a loan move to another prem team will help
    Lambert- Can see him struggling and getting shipped off next season, maybe won’t be the dream move after all.

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