Liverpool 2-1 Swansea: Player Ratings

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Late goals from Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren saw Liverpool edge past Swansea and into the League Cup quarter-finals. Henry Jackson rates each Reds star on the night.

BRAD JONES- 6 (out of 10)

The Australian had very little to do all night, but did look more assured than in the past. He could do nothing about Marvin Emnes’ terrific strike.

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JAVIER MANQUILLO- 7

The 20-year-old got forward well throughout, and although his final ball wasn’t always the best, he was one of the Reds’ better players. Very solid defensively too.

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KOLO TOURE- 6

There is always a feeling that an error is just around the corner with Toure these days, but in fairness, he was reliable all night.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 6.5

The 25-year-old was relatively untroubled at the back from start to finish, and his last-gasp winner will give him a huge amount of confidence.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 6.5

Johnson can often look happier at left-back for some reason, and he produced a decent display against Garry Monk’s side. The 30-year-old got forward well throughout and defended better than usual.

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LUCAS LEIVA- 6

A typical Lucas performance, consisting of understated defensive work but a lack of inventiveness on the ball. Still not the player he once was.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 6

The 24-year-old had one of his quieter games of the season so far, on a night when he captained Liverpool. He struggled to stamp his authority on proceedings, but his effort could not be questioned at any point.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 7.5

The Brazilian once again looked the Reds’ most creative attacking threat, and he has to start against Newcastle on Saturday. The 22-year-old produced an excellent set-piece delivery for Lovren’s winner, and was the star on the night.

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LAZAR MARKOVIC- 5

Markovic looks horribly lacking in confidence at the moment, and he was comfortably Liverpool’s least effective player on the night. It’s early days still, but his form is worrying.

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FABIO BORINI- 7

Whether or not the Italian is good enough for Liverpool remains questionable, but he put in a good display. The 23-year-old had the Reds’ two best efforts on goal in the first-half, and his fabulous cross allowed Mario Balotelli to equalise late on.

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RICKIE LAMBERT- 5

Like Markovic, the 32-year-old is really struggling at the moment. His movement and general sharpness was lacking all evening, and the game changed when he was replaced by Balotelli.

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Substitutes

ADAM LALLANA (on for Markovic 70)- 5.5

The 26-year-old was quiet when introduced, but did add a little more than Markovic.

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MARIO BALOTELLI (on for Lambert 79)- 6.5

The Italian added a spark lacking in Liverpool’s play, and equalised with a clinical finish. He was still guilty of shooting selfishly into the Kop a number of times though.

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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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