Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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An abject display by Liverpool saw them lose 1-0 to Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime, and Henry Jackson rates each Reds star out of 10 on the day.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 1, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard looks dejected as Newcastle United score the opening goal during the Premier League match at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET- 6

The Belgian once again looked shaky from set-pieces, and continues to show little sign of being Liverpool’s long-term solution in goal. Made a good late save from Remy Cabella to stop it being 2-0 and proved his ability as a shot stopper again.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 5

The 30-year-old was sloppy in possession, looked shaky defensively and offered little going forward. It was a poor display, and raised question marks over Brendan Rodgers’ decision to start him ahead of Javier Manquillo. The goal begins from his awful decision to shoot form 25 yards out on his left side, a trademark Johnson move.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 5.5

Skrtel conceded a couple of needless free-kicks in dangerous areas, which is about the norm for him, and generally looked erratic all afternoon. Should have scored with a header before the break.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 4

The 25-year-old was pitiful, as his Reds career continues to stutter. His passing was woeful, and he never looked commanding at any point. A 33% tackle success rate and constantly misplaced long diagonal balls to Sterling tells the story of the Croats game. Where he was going for the goal is a mystery.

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ALBERTO MORENO- 4.5

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 1, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno look dejected as Newcastle United score the first goal  during the Premier League match at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The young Spaniard was deployed extremely high up by Rodgers, and he did nothing in attack from start to finish. He was completely at fault for the goal, raising more question marks about his defensive competence.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 6.5

The skipper was quiet in the first-half, but after the break he was easily Liverpool’s best player. The 34-year-old was the only one with any drive, creativity and urgency, putting his younger teammates to shame.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 5

The 24-year-old was played on the left for much of the game, and he never looked comfortable there. He was sloppy on the ball though, and had his worst game of the season so far.

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JOE ALLEN- 5

Allen has to start doing more in a Liverpool shirt now, and his performance lacked a great deal in midfield. He was lacking physically and he lost the ball cheaply a number of times. Must do better.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 5.5

The Brazilian tried his best to be the Reds’ attacking spark, but a lack of movement from his teammates made life difficult for him. His passing was off all afternoon.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 5.5

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 1, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Newcastle United's captain Fabricio Coloccini during the Premier League match at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sterling has rarely been quieter over the last year or so, hugging the right touchline and not seeing much of the ball at all. The 19-year-old did at least look a threat when he had the ball at his feet but why he is being wasted out wide is a mystery after his incredible form in a central role last season.

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MARIO BALOTELLI- 6

The Italian worked hard, and showed a few signs of promise in terms of his touch and movement. He was left horribly isolated though, and Rodgers must take a huge amount of blame for his lack of effectiveness.

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Substitutes

FABIO BORINI (on for Allen 66)- 5.5

Barring a shot wide, the 23-year-old was largely unnoticed.

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RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Coutinho 80)- n/a

No time to make an impact.

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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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