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Liverpool 0-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Liverpool were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Sunderland, on an extremely forgettable afternoon at Anfield. Here are our player ratings – add yours at the bottom.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 6, 2014: Liverpool and Sunderland players stand together for Football Remembers during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Liverpool and Sunderland players stand together for Football Remembers before the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET (out of 10)- 5.5

The Belgian was farily untroubled all afternoon, with most of Sunderland‘s efforts missing the target. He saved solidly from Jordi Gomez in the second-half though.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 6

The 30-year-old was probably one of Liverpool’s better players, which is saying something. He got forward well at times, and was better defensively than of late.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 5.5

Skrtel was fairly solid, but he surrendered possession and showed trademark sloppy touches on a few occasions. The 30-year-old was dominant in the air though.

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KOLO TOURE- 6.5

Toure was Liverpool’s standout defender on the day, but it wasn’t exactly a memorable display. He stuck to his task well from start to finish.

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ALBERTO MORENO- 5.5

The young Spaniard showed some decent attacking bursts, but there is still something lacking about his performances. Clearly asked to play less attacking than his natural game.

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LUCAS LEIVA- 6.5

The 27-year-old was again one of the Reds’ best performers, continuing his impressive form of late. He read the game well throughout, and barring a few wasteful passes in the first-half, his use of the ball was good. Broke up play and was the only driving force in midfield at times.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 5

Henderson was captain on the day, but his display showed no leadership whatsoever. His decision-making was very poor, and this performance sums up his forgettable form of late. Blazed over several half decent chances in the latter stages.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 5

The Brazilian was poor in the first-half, consistently losing the ball. Although he was a threat after the break, shooting a number of times, it was still a disappointing afternoon for the 22-year-old.

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ADAM LALLANA- 5.5

Lallana looked lively at times, but there was a lack of substance to his game. Too often he looked more dangerous than he was actually proving to be. Far too often took too many touches than required, often resulting into him being blocked out easily. Subbed, as always.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 7

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 6, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is fouled in the area by Sunderland's Wes Brown but no penalty was given during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s man of the match and biggest attacking threat. The 19-year-old was quiet before the interval, but he was outstanding at times in the second-half, driving his side forward. A couple of dribbles were sensational, and he looked the biggest threat by a mile.

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RICKIE LAMBERT- 5.5
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 6, 2014: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert shows his frustration at the assistant referee as his side are held to a goal-less draw against Sunderland during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lambert was a fairly anonymous presence from start to finish, and although the service he received was far from great, his movement and general threat was lacking.

After barely playing for two months, it’s now five full games inside 14 days for Lambert and it shows.

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Substitutes

STEVEN GERRARD (on for Lallana 67)- 6

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 6, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers prepares to bring on substitute captain Steven Gerrard against Sunderland during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper made a difference when he came on, adding creativity and drive, but he lost the ball cheaply a few times.


LAZAR MARKOVIC (on for Philippe Coutinho 78)- n/a

The Serb almost pounced inside the penalty area late on, but he was too unnoticeable to assess properly.


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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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