Liverpool earned a crucial victory over Leicester City on Tuesday night courtesy of goals from Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
SIMON MIGNOLET- 5 (out of 10)
The 26-year-old had yet another poor evening. His woeful pass should have seen Esteban Cambiasoo put Leciester ahead, and seconds later the Belgian scored an own goal – admittedly somewhat unfortunate. Overall, simply not good enough.
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JAVIER MANQUILLO- 6
An average display from the young Spaniard. Defensively he was relatively sound as always, but his attacking quality still leaves a lot to be desired. Replaced at half-time.
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MARTIN SKRTEL- 5
The Slovakian was the Reds’ worst player on the night. He was typically rash throughout, showing poor positional sense and erratic heading. Liverpool will always be weak at the back with Skrtel in the team.
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KOLO TOURE- 6.5
Toure put in another solid display, and is, rather unthinkably, Liverpool’s best centre-back at the moment. He was solid in all aspects of his play.
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GLEN JOHNSON- 6
A typically frustrating 90 minutes from Saturday’s match-winner. He produced a few decent attacking bursts, but lost the ball cheaply and failed to get back for Leicester‘s opener. Shaky defensively, and really shouldn’t be playing regularly. Lost the ball high up the pitch for Leicester‘s goal, allowing them to counter and exploit his space behind.
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LUCAS LEIVA- 7.5
The Brazilian put in an excellent shift, and brings a solidarity to the Reds midfield. He broke up play well and kept things simple. His use of the ball and consistent fouling could improve if you’re being ultra harsh.
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JORDAN HENDERSON – 6
The 24-year-old is struggling to hit top form at the moment, and he was extremely quiet all evening. The vice-captain did nothing wrong, however, and took his goal well at the end.
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STEVEN GERRARD – 7
The skipper was used in attacking midfield, but he struggled to get into the game in the first-half. He took his goal expertly, however, and started to ooze class the more the game went on. Confidence is a massive thing, and that goal will give a huge boost to the under-fire 34-year-old.
HEAT MAP: Steven Gerrard was everywhere for Liverpool tonight. Captain's performance. #LFC pic.twitter.com/Nlbc6GHKYz
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 2, 2014
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ADAM LALLANA – 6.5
The former Southampton man enjoyed one of his more influential performances for Liverpool. He always looked one of the most likely to create some magic in the final third, and he levelled the scores with a terrific finish. Substituted in the second-half, as always.
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RAHEEM STERLING – 7
The 19-year-old continues to blow a little hot and cold, and is yet to hit the heights of last season. He still looked dangerous from start to finish, however, winning several fouls in dangerous areas. Brilliant assist for Henderson’s goal, and played a part in Gerrard’s.
Given absolutely no protection from referee Lee Mason.
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RICKIE LAMBERT- 6
Lambert was pretty poor, in truth. His movement was lacking throughout, and he didn’t really get into the game at all. Was hauled down by Wes Morgan though, which saw the Leicester defender sent-off. Offside five times, no shots and 8 aerial duels lost tells the story of his game.
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ALBERTO MORENO (on for Manquillo 46)- 5.5
Offered little going forward, and looked dodgy defensively.
JOE ALLEN (on for Lallana 70)- 6
Largely unnoticed, barring one poor pass on the counter-attack.
DEJAN LOVREN (on for Sterling 90)- n/a
Only on the pitch for a matter of seconds.
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