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Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Liverpool lost 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and we assess how each Reds player performed on the day.

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BRAD JONES- 6

Jones was brought in for Simon Mignolet, and he was solid throughout. He could do little about any of United’s goals.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 5.5

The 30-year-old was average during his 25 minutes on the pitch, before being replaced by Kolo Toure after picking up an injury.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 5

The Slovakian was pretty disappointing yet again. He didn’t get close enough to Robin van Persie in the lead-up to Juan Mata’s goal, and he didn’t look convincing at any point.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 5

Lovren continues to look out of his depth and an accident waiting to happen. His poor clearance played a big part in van Persie making it 3-0 in the second-half.

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ALBERTO MORENO- 5.5

The 22-year-old was deployed as a wing-back, but his defensive ineptitude was highlighted on a number of occasions. He seems to lack sense at times, and he should have done read the danger better for Rooney’s goal.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 6

Henderson still isn’t on top form by any means, but he kept trying and worked his socks off at right wing-back. He didn’t look too comfortable in the role, but he was solid.

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JOE ALLEN- 4

Allen was pitiful from start to finish. His passing lacked incisiveness, physically he was embarrassing at times and he was too easily beaten by Antonio Valencia for Rooney’s goal. Nowhere near good enough from the Welshman.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 5.5

The skipper never managed to stamp his authority on the game, and he struggled in a deeper midfield role than of late. Defensively he was lacking at times.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 5.5

The Brazilian always looks threatening on the ball, but what actually comes of it? He tried to do the impossible too often, while his defensive work in the build-up to Rooney’s goal was absolutely unacceptable.

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ADAM LALLANA- 6.5

Lallana was arguably Liverpool’s best player in the first-half, showing quick feet and clever movement. He was withdrawn by Brendan Rodgers at half-time, however, which seemed baffling, though he was playing through two cracked ribs.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 5.5

The 20-year-old was a constant threat, but his finishing was the difference between the two sides. He could easily have scored a hat-trick, if not more- Daniel Sturridge would have- but instead saw his poor finishes stopped by David de Gea time and time again.

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Substitutes

KOLO TOURE (on for Johnson 25)- 6

The 33-year-old did little wrong when he came on, and should have been on at the start.

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MARIO BALOTELLI (on for Lallana 46)- 5.5

The Italian added a little more physicality in attack, and had a couple of efforts on goal, but he was as unpredictable as ever.

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LAZAR MARKOVIC (on for Moreno 68)- 5.5

The Serb produced one lovely pass to find Balotelli, but was otherwise ineffective.

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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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