Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Liverpool were outclassed by Real Madrid in their Champions League showdown on Wednesday evening, as they succumbed to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Anfield. Henry Jackson rates each Reds player on the night.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid CF at Anfield. Back row L-R: Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho Correia. Front row L-R: Mario Balotelli, captain Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

You can vote for your Liverpool Man of the Match on each player’s slide and share your own player ratings at the end of the slideshow.

SIMON MIGNOLET- 6 (out of 10)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Belgian was partly at fault for both Real Madrid’s second and third goal, being positioned poorly for Karim Benzema’s header and then all at sea for the Frenchman’s second. He did make some good saves, however, including an excellent one from Ronaldo in the second-half.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 5

It was frightening how easy the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco were beating Johnson when they ran at him, and he looked dodgy all night. His use of the ball was fairly poor too.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 6

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard looks dejected as Real Madrid CF score the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Slovakian was Liverpool’s standout defender on the night, although that’s not saying a huge amount. He didn’t do a lot wrong, but it’s been a long time since he was in a side that kept a clean sheet.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected as Real Madrid CF score the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lovren’s form is worrying, and there are no signs that he will improve any time soon. His positioning was poor, and barring a relatively decent start, he lacked any kind of leadership.

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ALBERTO MORENO- 5.5

The 22-year-old tried his best to get forward when he could, but he was largely quiet. His defensive expertise is questionable, and he was guilty of trying to be too clever on the ball at times.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 5.5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard looks dejected as Real Madrid CF score the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper tested Iker Casillas early on with a decent strike, but he struggled to dominate the midfield battle against the metronomic Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Could have got closer to Ronaldo for Madrid’s opener.

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JOE ALLEN- 6

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard looks dejected as Real Madrid CF score the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Welshman used the ball well in general, and got forward on numerous occasions, but he was largely on the periphery of things. He’s an understated player, but still needs to do more.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 5.5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 24-year-old was typically energetic, but he simply couldn’t get into the game. His passing was a little erratic by his recent high standards too.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 7

Coutinho was Liverpool’s best player. He looked a constant threat every time he had the ball, producing lovely footwork, clever passes and hitting the post with a terrific first-half effort. His defensive work could have been a little better, however.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 6.5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Real Madrid CF's Alvaro Arbeloa during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 19-year-old made a very promising start, frightening the Madrid defence with his pace and trickery, but his influence diminished the more the game went on. One of the Reds’ better players, as is the norm these days.

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MARIO BALOTELLI- 4.5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Italian wasn’t as bad as he was against QPR, but he was still very disappointing. Too often he was unpredictable and greedy in possession, offering little movement too, and he was substituted at the interval. His decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time has not gone down well.

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Substitutes

ADAM LALLANA (on for Balotelli 46)- 6.5

The 26-year-old added more movement and creativity to the side, and was a fairly lively addition.

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EMRE CAN (on for Henderson 67)- 6

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Emre Can in action against Real Madrid CF during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Barring one impressive burst through the midfield, the 20-year-old was fairly unnoticed. He did make one excellent run back to dispossess Ronaldo, something Liverpool perhaps lacked earlier.

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LAZAR MARKOVIC (on for Coutinho 67)- 5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Real Madrid CF's Isco during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Didn’t impose himself on the game at all.

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Player ratings definitions: 10 = Faultless | 9 = Excellent | 8 = Very Good | 7 = Good | 6 = Average | 5 = Below Par | 4 = Bad | 3 = Very Bad | 2 Awful | 1 = Surely Not

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