Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday, succumbing to Besiktas in a nail-biting penalty shootout. We assess each Reds player on the night.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Back row L-R: Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, Kolo Toure. Front row L-R: Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool
(Besiktas win 5-4 on penalties)
Europa League, Last 32, Second Leg
Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul, Thursday 26th February 2015

SIMON MIGNOLET (out of 10)- 7

While other Liverpool players were well below their best on the night, Mignolet once again produced a good performance.

The 26-year-old made several decent saves, and his confidence when it came to collecting crosses in a cauldron of noise was very impressive. His unlikely resurrection continues.


Toure was solid from start to finish, reading the game well in general and making some vital clearances as Besiktas got on top.

His experience was key as the Reds came more and more under the cosh, but in the end his efforts proved to be in vain. A pleasing return to the side for the likeable 33-year-old.


The Slovakian has come on leaps and bounds in the last few months, having been so out of form before the turn of the year, and he was one of Liverpool’s better players again at the Ataturk Stadium.

Aerially the 30-year-old was dominant, and he made a vital interception to deny Demba Ba in the first-half. Like Mignolet, his form remains a plus point right now.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected after missing the vital fifth penalty against Besiktas JK in the shoot-out after a 1-1 aggregate draw during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Just when Lovren thought his Liverpool career couldn’t get any worse, he ends up being the villain on the night.

The former Southampton man missed the decisive penalty in the shootout, and his overall performance was disappointing in general. Twice he produced poor cross-field passes that put his teammates in trouble, and his all-round game looked shaky.


Allen was terrific in the first-half, reading the game well, using the ball intelligently and pressing the Besiktas midfield.

His game dipped from the second-half onwards, however, with loose passing and weariness creeping into his game. His effort could not be questioned though, and he scored his penalty.


Like Allen, Can’s performance got worse as the match went on. His box-to-box style was there for all to see at times, but he tired hugely late in proceedings and his passing became erratic.

Although he and Allen started to get overrun, the 20-year-old was still impressive on the whole, scoring a nerveless spot-kick too.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Emre Can scores his side's second penalty goal of the shoot-out against Besiktas JK during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


The young Spaniard has been much-improved in recent weeks, and he was one of the few Reds players who could feel happy with their display.

Defensively he was good, making a few vital interceptions and showing blistering pace, and he got forward well numerous times in the first-half. He is becoming a very solid player for Liverpool.


The 19-year-old didn’t have his most memorable game since returning from his loan spell at Derby, and was mainly playing as a right-back most of the time.

He struggled to get forward and display his blistering pace and power, which was a real disappointment.


Sterling produced an absolutely terrible performance from start to finish; arguably one of his worst ever in a Liverpool shirt.

The 20-year-old’s touch and movement was woeful throughout, but the most alarming part of his game was his sulky, almost disinterested attitude. Is all this speculation over his future affecting him? And why did he opt out of taking a penalty?


As usual, there were those in the media willing to criticise Balotelli whatever he did, but his performance was actually fairly impressive.

His touch evaded him a few times, but his hold-up play was excellent and he worked far harder than Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. He looked livid to be substituted in the second-half, and rightly so to be fair.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Besiktas JK's Serdar Kurtulus during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Along with Sterling, Sturridge was pitiful against Slaven Bilic’s side. The 25-year-old offered little in terms of movement and work-rate, and he was far too greedy in possession a number of times.

In fairness, it’s understandable that he is still very rusty, having missed five months through injury, but he was still desperately disappointing.


JAVIER MANQUILLO (on for Ibe ’77)- 6

Manquillo was his typical self; solid but unspectacular. He offered extra legs and defensive cover, but rarely got forward.

ADAM LALLANA (on for Balotelli ’82)- 6.5

The Englishman offered a little bit extra when he came on, but every little dribble or flick he attempted didn’t quite come off. Scored his penalty.

RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Sturridge ‘105)- 5.5

The 32-year-old looked a bit cumbersome, but thundered home his side’s first penalty.


ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Thursday, February 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg match against Besiktas JK at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers doesn’t have a great record in Europe, and he was shown up tactically again in Turkey. Lallana was introduced far too late in the game, with legs tiring and the midfield in desperate need of reinformcents, and substituting Balotelli instead of Sturridge was the wrong decision too.

Quite why he decided to choose Lovren as his fifth penalty taker is baffling as well. A bad night for the Reds boss.


The Slovenian was very whistle-happy at times, which failed to let the game flow, but in truth he didn’t make any terrible decisions. Correctly booked Can for diving in extra-time.


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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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