Liverpool 1-0 Stoke: Player Ratings

Liverpool edged past Stoke City courtesy of Glen Johnson’s late winner, their first league win since mid October at QPR.


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 29, 2014: Liverpool's match-winning goal scorer Glen Johnson celebrates after the 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was the cliched game of two halves for Brendan Rodgers’ side – who were much improved in the second half after a poor opening 45 minutes which saw neither side with a shot on target.

Simon Mignolet: 7

A much improved performance from the under fire keeper; making multiple saves late on, one an excellent finger tip over the bar as Stoke pushed for an equaliser. Also collected a corner late on – much to the applause of Anfield.

Glen Johnson: 6.5

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 29, 2014: Liverpool's Glen Johnson scores the first goal against Stoke City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Awarded a 7 merely for his credible and brave headed goal, showing commitment to the cause not seen from the 30-year-old in a long time. There was a more typical Johnson moment in the first half when he heart heartedly attempted to dribble past a Stoke forward on the edge of the box, failing woefully and being easily pushed off the ball.

Martin Skrtel: 6.5

A solid display but not greatly troubled all afternoon. Again looks far more assured with Toure alongside him rather than Lovren.

Kolo Toure: 7

Adds a leading presence so the Liverpool defence so often lacking of late. Assured, comfortable in possession and easily Liverpool’s best defender on current form.

Jose Enrique: 6

Recalled for the first time since a pretty awful performance at QPR, Enrique didn’t venture forward much and played his usually predictable diagonal balls and passes down the line, rarely did they come off.

Jordan Henderson: 6

Energetic and admirable, but it’s not quite working for Hendo at the moment.

Lucas Leiva: 6.5

Won tackles, broke up play and looked comfortable as Liverpool’s defensive midfielder. Should have scored when Liverpool broke with 5 vs 3 midway through the second half but his shot was too close to Begovic and comfortably saved.

Joe Allen: 6

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 29, 2014: Liverpool's Kolo Toure and Joe Allen challenge Stoke City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A tidy performance but was deployed very deep alongside Lucas almost like two defensive midfielders during the first half especially. Should have scored when his shot from close range clipped the top of the bar. Moved into defensive midfield role after Gerrard’s introduction and looked at home. Won more tackles than any other Liverpool player (4).

Raheem Sterling: 7

By far Liverpool’s biggest attacking threat, again. His pace caused Stoke problems but often there was nobody to profit from him. Tried hard to link up with Coutinho but it just didn’t quite click. Beat

Philippe Coutinho: 6

Tried hard and almost scored a superb goal after a typical mazy run from the centre in the first half but was crowded out with little support. Withdrawn late on.

Rickie Lambert: 6

Held the ball up well but still seems to be struggling with life at Liverpool in home games. He had a good chance in the second half but his shot was low and weak, easily saved by Begovic. Three full games in a week for the 32-year-old and he seems to be benefitting from playing regularly.

Subs:

Steven Gerrard: n/a (for Lucas, 75)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 29, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard comes on to replace Lucas Leiva against Stoke City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper replaced Lucas with 15 minutes to go as Liverpool shifted from 4-4-1-1 to 4-3-3. Gerrard operated in one of the two more advanced midfield roles, with Allen at the base of the three.

Dejan Lovren: n/a (for Coutinho, 86)

Rodgers was preparing to bring on Adam Lallana just before Johnson’s goal. He changed that to introduce Lovren instead, going to five at the back.

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