Burnley 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Boxing Day – we rate each Reds player on the day.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Friday, December 26, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Burnley during the Premier League match at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

BRAD JONES (out of 10)- n/a

The Australian had nothing to do, before being replaced by Simon Mignolet after picking up a thigh injury.

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KOLO TOURE- 6.5

The 33-year-old was solid, and generally dealt well with Burnley‘s attacking unit. He continues to enjoy a pretty impressive return to the side. Substituted at half-time.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 6.5

The Slovakian was better than he has been of late, winning plenty in the air and looking slightly less erratic. His positional sense was a little suspect at times though.

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MAMADOU SAKHO- 7

Sakho was again Liverpool’s standout defender. The Frenchman made various interceptions, was dominant aerially and looked assured on the ball. A terrific return to the team.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 6

The 24-year-old continues to play with plenty of endeavour in his wing-back role, but he doesn’t look comfortable there. He had a tendency to go backwards too often, and the Reds missed his drive in the middle of the park.

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LUCAS LEIVA- 6

Lucas did some good defensive wor k- one terrific block from Scott Arfield stopped Burnley taking a first-half lead – but he lacked quality on the ball from start to finish. Not the long-term solution.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 5.5

The skipper was virtually anonymous throughout, barring one lovely pass in either half. The 34-year-old’s form needs to improve.

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LAZAR MARKOVIC- 6

Markovic was extremely deep at left wing-back, and he struggled to impose himself on proceedings at any point. An extremely quiet afternoon from the 20-year-old.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 7

The 22-year-old lost the ball a little cheaply at times, but he did at least look a threat in possession. His superb pass set-up Raheem Sterling for the only goal of the game.

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ADAM LALLANA- 6

The former Southampton man was disappointing, and barring one shot that tested Tom Heaton, he offered little attacking quality. Poor finishing on show again.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 7.5

Sterling was far from his best at times, but he proved to be the difference on the day. His pace was a constant threat, and he took his goal brilliantly.

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Substitutes

SIMON MIGNOLET (on for Jones 15)- 5

The 26-year-old was shaky throughout, and his dithering on the ball was a real cause for certain on several occasions. Two embarrassing moments when attempting to clear the ball summed up his complete lack of confidence at present.

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EMRE CAN (on for Toure 46)- 6.5

The German did well when he came on at half-time, and didn’t look remotely out of place in his right-sided centre-back role.

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RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Coutinho 73)- 6

The 32-year-old held the ball up well a couple of times, but was otherwise quiet.

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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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