Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool beat Stoke City 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of Philippe Coutinho‘s superb late winner. Henry Jackson provides our player ratings.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the winning goal against Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stoke City 0-1 Liverpool
Premier League – Britannia Stadium – Sunday, 9th August 2015

Goals: Coutinho (86)

Simon Mignolet– 6

The Belgian was rarely tested throughout the game, but he did deal well with a Charlie Adam free-kick from out wide. Kicking still not impressive.

Nathaniel Clyne– 6.5

Liverpool’s new right-back was solid from start to finish, without being spectacular. He hardly put a foot wrong barring one sloppy pass, and will feel relatively pleased with his competitive debut for the club.

Martin Skrtel- 7

Skrtel enjoyed a good afternoon on the whole, and grew in stature as the match went on. The Slovakian did look shaky on the ball, giving Mignolet a couple of dodgy back-passes, but perhaps that’s being a little harsh.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet applauds the supporters after the 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren– 7.5

After so much criticism of late, the Croatian responded admirably with an impressive performance against a tricky Stoke side.

He was strong in the tackle, good in the air and generally used the ball well. Hats off to him.

Joe Gomez– 7

Considering it was Gomez’s Premier League debut, he handled himself very well against gritty Evertonian Jon Walters.

The 18-year-old didn’t offer much in terms of attacking threat, but he was terrific defensively. Looks an enormous prospect.

Jordan Henderson– 6

The Reds’ new captain was not at his influential best, but as is the norm with the 25-year-old, he worked relentlessly and helped Liverpool edge the midfield battle. Passing a little erratic.

James Milner– 6.5

Like Henderson, there wasn’t a huge amount of creativity from Liverpool’s new signing, but he was efficient and understated from start to finish.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia scores the first goal against Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho– 7

Until the brilliant Brazilian curled home a sensational late winner, he was having a stinker of a game, but he produced when it really mattered.

The 23-year-old is one of the Reds’ only genuine match-winners, and he did it once again on a tight afternoon at the Britannia Stadium. Was clearly lacking match practice.

Jordon Ibe- 6.5

For much of the game, Ibe looked his side’s most threatening attacking player, showing pace, power and intent in abundance.

The 19-year-old’s end product was a little disappointing, however, although that will only improve as he matures.

Adam Lallana– 5

After a good pre-season, Lallana was hugely ineffective all afternoon until being replaced in the second-half.

The England international simply couldn’t get into in the game out on the left, and he cut a frustrated figure at times. His place in the starting eleven is under serious threat.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke in action against Stoke City during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Christian Benteke- 6.5

Benteke will be content with his Liverpool debut. The former Aston Villa man was a physical menace, and his touch was far better than many of his detractors like to believe.

Substitutes

Emre Can (on for Lallana ’62)- 7

The young German helped swing the game in Liverpool’s favour, winning tackles and allowing Henderson and Milner to push further up the pitch.

Roberto Firmino (on for Ibe ’78)- 6

The Brazilian didn’t really have time to make a real impact, but he looked classy in possession.

Brendan Rodgers- 7.5

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 9, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and assistant manager Sean O'Driscoll during the Premier League match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For much of the game, it seemed as though the Northern Irishman would be under scrutiny for his tactics- the 4-2-3-1 was simply not working- but he redeemed himself in the second-half.

His introduction of Can made a big difference, and Firmino also added something extra. Surely both will slot into the side once they are fully fit.

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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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