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Derby County 0-3 Liverpool: Player ratings

Loris Karius 7.5

Karius made his Liverpool debut and looked a very confident goalkeeper. He had a couple of dodgy moments with his feet at times but nothing overly concerning, the German bailed out Henderson’s poor error when Karius was quick out of his area to clear the danger. Constantly on his toes and with our high pressing game he could be the goalkeeper we need.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Karius could of put himself in contention for the game with Hull after a good game here.

Nathaniel Clyne 7.3

Clyne never really seems to get a rest, he plays nearly every game and is always consistent. We are so thin in this area it’s unreal but we only play a game a week this overall this season so its not a massive concern. Clyne got forward well and helped out in attacks as he normally does but his end product on the final ball could improve at times.

Joel Matip 7.2

Matip put in another really composed game tonight and looked so dominant whenever Derby got forward. That’s four good performances in a row now and if he continues he could prove to be bargain of the summer as he arrived on a free transfer. Looks good with any partner to, tonight he played with Klaven and he has also played next to Lucas and Lovren in recent games with Matip impressing in all of them.

Ragnar Klaven 7.3

Klaven made his comeback from a small injury tonight and performances like this will continue to push Mamadou Sakho further down the pecking order. Got his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish where he had to sort his feet out and he looked comfortable at the back all game.

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

Klaven scored his first goal for Liverpool with a neat finish

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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 7.2

Mignolet didn’t have a awful lot of saves to have to do, but he looked solid and controlled his six yard box comfortably. The Belgium has had a good start to the season so let’s hope it continues.

Nathaniel Clyne – 8.1

Clyne was up against in my opinion the best winger in the league on his day in Eden Hazard and he did extremely well to shackle Hazard who had a poor game overall. Clyne seems to be building a good connection with Sadio Mane on the right hand side with Clyne helping out in attack and Mane coming back to help defend.

Joel Matip – 8.3

Matip continued his strong run of form and he looks like he has been at Liverpool for years, comfortable on the ball, dominant in the air and strong in the tackle. Did extremely well all game and shackled Diego Costa extremely well. Made a slight error when he went to ground to early in the box and this lead to Chelsea getting a goal back but there were countless other errors in this goal.

Dejan Lovren – 8.4

Got his first Premier league goal for Liverpool and to boot he had a impressive game at the back for us. Lovren’s goal was a fine finish from a superb Coutinho cross into the box. The Croatian is building a good relationship with Matip at the back and this can only improve over time.

James Milner – 8.2

I didn’t personally think that Milner could play left back but he’s been fantastic in our last three games, gets forward extremely well and helps out Coutinho but its his defensive work where he has impressed me most. Coutinho doesn’t track back a awful lot so Milner has to do a lot of defending on his own and he’s been holding his own in recent games, another fantastic performance as he stifled Willian extremely well on his side.

Adam Lallana – 7.6

Another good game for Lallana, albeit he was less effective today than in other games. Lallana worked extremely hard and ran around 12 kilometres once again, heckled Chelsea when they had possession and distributed the ball well when he had it.

Jordan Henderson – 8.6 Man of the match

Wow, that goal probably would of won him this award anyway but a great performance to boot to for our skipper. He probably will never score a better goal than that as our Gerrard would have been proud of that himself. He’s adapting to playing as a number six really well as he has great balance to his game, he knows when to run and when to hold his position. Henderson really looked like a captain tonight, he was leading by the front foot and was shouting in the middle of the park, he really is proving the doubters wrong right now.

Georgina Wijinaldum – 8.3

I said this in the game with Leicester but this is his game in a Liverpool shirt so far, I didn’t think he was such a work horse but boy did he put in a shift in for this game as he looked absolutely knackered when he came off as a late substitution. Goals will come for the Dutch international if he carries on playing like this.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7.9

Coutinho wasn’t involved in the game to much, especially in the second half but he still proved he is a difference maker with a beautiful ball to the back post for Lovren to smartly finish. Liverpool were sat deep for most of the second half so Coutinho understandably couldn’t get fully into it and he was substituted later on for Lucas.

Daniel Sturridge – 7.1

Sturridge was probably our least effective player on the park today, even in the first half when we were brilliant. He showed composure on the ball and a willingness to run but just struggled. Was taken off for Origi really early in the second half and he looked like he was injured but Klopp confirmed that he wasn’t and it was a tactical approach as Sturridge looked extremely tired, maybe a lack of match fitness.

Sadio Mane – 8.1

Mane was his normal busy self, turning and running at their backline constantly but was impressed me with his game today was his defensive work. Countless times he came back to help out Clyne nullify the threat of Hazard as he put in a selfless display. Red fans now have a chant for Mane and this shows just how quickly fans have recognized his talents.

Substitutions

Origi 55 (Sturridge) – 6.7

Origi struggled when he came on to be honest, we were sat extremely deep so Origi had no support with him up top as he constantly lost the ball. Had a huge chance to make it 3-1 after a good cross from Milner but Origi couldn’t convert from 8 yards as begovic made a great save to deny what should of been a goal.

Lucas 74 (Coutinho) – 7.0

Came on and his job was to protect the back four which he did extremely well as he really helped calm the game down when he came on. Gave away a silly foul on Hazard just outside the box and if that gone in he would be criticized but overall he did well.

Steward 89 (Wijaldum) – N/A

Played about four minutes so really can’t give a rating.

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Liverpool predicted team vs Chelsea

Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet will carry on in goal for this game as Karius had just returned from a injury and this game has come too soon for Karius. Mignolet hasn’t made a direct error yet this season so should remain in goal for this goal, but Karius should eventually displace Mignolet the German will start in Tuesday’s game against Derby.

Defence

Nathaniel Clyne

This is a no brainer as we have no other senior right backs at the club and Clyne is one of our most consistent players and offers us such a big outlet on that right hand side, seems to have a good understanding with new signing Sadio Mane as well.

Joel Matip

Matip has started the last three Liverpool games in a row and has been cool and composed in every game, set pieces will be huge in this game with Chelsea as they have such a big side so we will need Matip for his aerial prowess, which he has showed already. He sets up attacks well and can play out of the attack well but if we are to win this game Matip must have a good game.

Dejan Lovren

Lovren received a nasty looking eye injury last week in training and had to sit out the game with the champions. Klopp has confirmed that Lovren has recovered and the swelling has gone down so I expect him to come in for Lucas.

James Milner

Many fans had their doubts with Milner playing left back but he is adapting to the role quite well really, he has had good games against Spurs and Leicester where he had got a goal and a assist from these two fixtures. Milner will have to be solid defensively this game as he is going against the workaholic Willian.

Midfield

Georgina Wjinaldum

Wjinaldum has been adapting quite well to this position and his role in this Liverpool side, with two assists this season already. He has played with such energy and has won the ball back extremely well and he is showing signs he can add to Liverpool’s attack as well. Had his best game in a red shirt against Leicester at the weekend so I expect him to start, despite Can returning to training and isn’t ready to start a game just yet.

Jordan Henderson

The Liverpool skipper is starting to adapt to this new defensive role that Klopp has put him in, he has had two impressive performances in this role recently and his energy, pressing and passing from deep has been crucial to how we are currently playing. Henderson will need support defensively in this game though as he is still not a natural defensive midfielder and he is not naturally someone who will continually win the ball back.

Adam Lallana

Lallana is the player in the midfield that it didn’t even cross my mind to drop him, his two goals and one assist mean he is adding that end product that fans wanted to see for a number of years and his linkup play and his energy have been a crucial part to how we have played as well as how he has adapted to his new more deeper role playing in centre midfield instead of one of the attacking positions.

Attack

Phillipe Coutinho

Coutinho didn’t start the game with Leicester as he wasn’t fully ready due to his Brazil commitments but he will be chomping at the bit in a fixture where he scored twice last season. The Brazilian will start on the left as he usually does and he will cutting inside constantly.

Roberto Firmino

I expect Firmino to go up top for this game, despite Sturridge being impressive in the game last weekend. Firmino notched two goals last week on the wing but he will be essential to drag their defenders out of position leaving more space for the midfield runners and attackers. David Luiz is a touch tight defender and he likes playing against a striker and nicking the ball ahead of them, Firmino will be key to exposing this weakness in Chelsea’s defence.

Sadio Mane

Mane has recently picked up our player of the month for August and he will look to continue his impressive form, hopefully adding more to his goal tally or assist tally. Mane is a player who has walked into this side and given us a different edge,  he will need to help out Clyne defensively as Hazard will be playing on that right hand side of midfield.

Would you make any changes to this team?

 

 

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Udinese confirm Liverpool’s interest in midfielder Piotr Zielenski

Could we see Zielenski move to Liverpool in the summer?

Could we see Zielenski move to Liverpool in the summer?

Liverpool manager Klopp and other members of Liverpool’s transfer committee have been watching and monitoring the progress of the 21 year old, whom is currently at Serie A side empoli on loan for the season.

It was only last month that the player himself came out and said he would love to play alongside Liverpool playmaker Phillipe Coutinho, before going on to then confirm rumours linking him with a move to Anfield.

‘There is a lot of truth in rumours about Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is interested in me, we had some talks,’ Zielinski told Polish outlet Sportowe Fakty.

An d now, Udinese Sporting Director Cristiano Giaretta has stated the Reds hold concrete interest in the Polish international, but they could face a bidding war Zielinski’s signature.

‘There is interest from Liverpool and it is concrete interest,’ Cristiano Giaretta told Italian radio station Radio Punto Zero.

‘He is doing very well and has the eyes of the Premier League on him’.

Zielenski is a more of a holding midfielder and could strengthen a position Liverpool are particular weak in depth with, the 21 year old has 4 goals and 6 assists to his name this season as well as making 13 international appearances for Poland already.

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Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund(5-4 Liverpool agg) – One of the greatest European games in history as Liverpool perform heroic comeback

Mignolet – 7.1

Mignolet could not do anything for any of the goals, but made a great save to deny Augabamayang but the ball fell to Mkhitiaryan for a tap in. Composed throughout the night as he keeps up his steady performances recently.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6.7

Clyne was up against one of the best wingers in the world in Marco Reus and struggled to deal with Reus’s runs at times in the game, as proved when he was out of position for Reus to make the score 3-1 after Hummel’s great pass. Grew into the game though and was a good outlet on the right hand side.

Mamadou Sakho – 7.2

A dreadful start to the game for both central defenders as Dortmund took a early 2-0 lead, Sakho was extremely out of position for Dormund’s second goal as he couldn’t intercept the pass, but he made a heroic tackle to deny Augabamayang from scoring and making it 3-0. Showed great guts to carry on going through the game and made some crucial interceptions and tackles, as well as making the score 3-3 on the night after drifting into acres of space in the Dortmund penalty box but he took his header well and kept it low, really becoming a Kop fan favourite right now.

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

Sakho celebrates leveling the game on the night

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Europa league quarter final first leg – Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund – Player Ratings

Simon Mignolet – 7.2

Mignolet had one outstanding save to make which was to deny Marco Reus in the first half, but other than this save the rest he had to make were simple shots which he handled well. He handled set pieces well by punching and catching them, but there were two heart in mouth moments when he turned Aubameyang not once but twice which was risky.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6.4

Not Clyne’s best game in a red shirt but he was solid. He got forward on the right giving us a outlet on the right hand side when lallana cut inside but he was caught out of position a couple of times and gave the ball away needlessly at times. May not have been his best game but even then he is solid.

Dejan Lovren – 8.5

I found it difficult to pick who was better out of Lovren and Sakho in this game but I will give it Lovren as he was calmer at the back and he lead the back four excellently. Made a crucial block to deny Aubameyang in the first half and he has been a revelation since Klopp took over.

Lovren's impressive stats vs Dormund

Lovren’s impressive stats vs Dormund

Mamadou Sakho – 8.3

Sakho and Lovren are building a very good partnership at the back now and Klopp clearly now knows his best back four. Sakho had a torrid time in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the weekend but he made up for it here. If Sakho can add more consistency to his game he can potentially be a world class centre back for us as when he’s on his game he wins everything but then he has games like the ones he had against Tottenham and Watford, but he has been consistently fantastic in the Europa League.

Sakho's impressive stats vs Dortmund

Sakho’s impressive stats vs Dortmund

Alberto Moreno – 7.6

One of Moreno’s best games in a Red shirt, not for the attacking prowess he holds but for some solid defending which is something you don’t say too much about Moreno. He used his speed to cut out a lot of moments and provided an outlet with Coutinho on the left hand side where them two have built a good understanding of each other.

Emre Can – 6.9

Got booked unfortunately very early but that did not stop him from putting in some crucial tackles. Certainly not his best game for us but he worked tirelessly and won a lot of tackles that a lot of players wouldn’t make if they were on a yellow card so early on. Didn’t do an awful lot in the final third but he was crucial in our own half.

Jordan Henderson – 6.3

This could potentially be the last time that we see Henderson in a Liverpool shirt this season as he got a potentially serious knee injury in the first half. He hasn’t been the same player since picking up that heel injury which he has been playing through all season. He put in the work in the first half but lacked any kind of quality in the first half but did get the assist for the crucial Divock Origi away goal after a clever layoff.

James Milner – 7.8

Milner had a really good game and worked tirelessly all game proving what a good free transfer he has been. He did lose the ball a lot in the first half but just his work rate trumped that. He became the captain for the second half and helped calm things down when Dortmund scored so early in the second half.

Adam Lallana – 6.8

Lallana didn’t show the best of his attacking game in yesterday’s game but he did have a couple of neat turns and touches. He worked his socks off though as he normally does and was just the player we needed for a game like this where work rate was so vital.

Phillipe Coutinho – 7.3

Had another good game as his recent sparking form continues, he was denied scoring by two good saves from Weidenfeller and Coutinho helped out Moreno a lot to defend on the left flank. He has built up a good understanding with Moreno and it has really helped Coutinho that we have two strikers who like to run in behind in Sturridge and Origi.

Divock Origi – 8.6 MOTM

Eyebrows were raised when the Young Belgium was selected over Daniel Sturridge, but Origi took this opportunity splendidly. This was more of a tactical change from Klopp as he fancied Origi’s raw pace, workrate and strength over Sturridges finishing prowess. On another day Origi could of had a hattrick today, he led the line brilliantly as he brought our midfielders into play with his holdup play and then he has the other aspect of his game which is the pace which we exploited as we looked to play balls over the top of their two cbs. He took his goal fantastically, albeit it caught a deflection but he should of had a second on the stroke of half time as he missed a glorious one on one opportunity which he put straight at the goalkeeper.

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Subs

Joe Allen 6.7 (Jordan Henderson 45)

Joe Allen came on at half time and just slotted in seamlessly, he won a lot of tackles and just his pressing caused Dortmund to give the ball away a lot. He could get a lot more game time coming up with Lucas still injured, Henderson possibly injured for a while and Can suspended for the next two Premier League games.

Roberto Firmino 6.2 (Adam Lallana 78)

Firmino was always likely to not make this match due to the thigh injury he picked up which made him miss the international break and our game with Tottenham. He pressed well when he came on but expect him to start in a week’s time at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge 6.1 (Divock Origi 84)

It was a surprise to a lot of people that Sturridge was dropped for such a big game but Klopp fancied a fully rested Origi and his workrate. He had one fantastic run when he came on as he took the ball passed two Drotmund players but it came to nothing. Expect Sturridge to start against Stoke at the weekend but after this performance by Origi and Sturridge’s recent performances expect Origi to start in a week’s time again.

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Liverpool 4-0 Borussia Dortmund-Player Ratings: Reds send warning to rivals with 4-0 rout

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet  6.8

Mignolet did not have one save to make all game in what was a comfortable day for the Reds defence. The Belgium looked composed with his feet, making some good long balls forward.

Defenders

Javier Manquillo   7.7

Manquillo was making his debut at Anfield, but it did not show. The young Spanish star looked comfortable on the ball going forward, making some surging runs forward, but also made some decisive challenges at the back for Liverpool. Manquillo would have impressed Rodgers with this showing and has put in a challenge to start in the league opener against Southampton.

Manquillo impresses on Liverpool debut

Manquillo impresses on Liverpool debut

Martin Skrtel     7.3

Skrtel had a very comfortable day in the heart of defence, but showed that his partnership with new signing Lovren could be key for Liverpool this season. Skrtel won everything in the air and has earned a start next week after his pre-season form and for being Liverpool’s best defender last season.

Dejan Lovren     8.6

The new 20million signing proved what he can give Liverpool this season after an impressive debut. Scored the Reds second goal with a powerful header and also played a part in the first goal with a great pass for Coutinho to flick it on to Sturridge. The Croatian showed real composure on the ball and leadership at the back, making a number of great tackles at the same time. Got a great cross field pass, very similar range to Steven Gerrard surprisingly, and could prove a threat in an attacking sense as well.

Lovren celebrates scoring on debut

Lovren celebrates scoring on debut

Glen Johnson     7.5

Johnson has drawn a lot of criticism for his performances lately, but today was much more of a composed performance at left-back for Johnson. Galloped forward well and proved a threat to the opponents, but also did his defensive duties well at the other end.

Martin Kelly       6.5

Kelly did not have long to make an impression on the game but is far down the pecking order at the moment with Johnson, Flanagan and Manquillo all ahead of him. Needs to up his game if he is to have a future at Liverpool, but has not impressed too much this pre-season.

Jose Enrique     6.7

Enrique is gaining fitness with every game he plays but he could have some real competition in the shape off Alberto Moreno if he signs this week. The Spaniard will prove to be a valuable player this season, even if he doesn’t play every week.

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson   8.0

Henderson has proved this pre-season and last season how important of a player he has become to Liverpool. His energy levels are unmatched and he could easily play 90 minutes every day, such is his fitness. Scored the Reds fourth goal with a tap-in but has proved in pre-season he could score more goals this season. Henderson is one of the first names on the team sheet and that has proved how far he has come, thanks to his attitude.

Emre Can         6.7

Can has impressed a lot of people during pre-season with his strength and speed, but today he could not get involved in the game as he would have liked. Can needed to do more to put his name on the team sheet next week, but is still in for a shot to start.

Steven Gerrard     7.8

Gerrard is proving to be very consistent in his new position and rarely has a bad game now. The Liverpool skipper controlled the tempo of the game, with Dortmund unable to deal with the passing range of Gerrard.

Lucas Leiva       6.9

Came on for Emre Can in the second half and did a good job in protecting the back four. Lucas could not get into the game in an attacking sense which is why Rodgers would prefer to play Allen, Lallana. Coutinho or Can in that position as Lucas is too defensive. The Brazilian has a knack of giving away stupid fouls in bad areas, something he needs to cut out of his game.

Raheem Sterling   8.2

Sterling produced yet another impressive display with Dortmund unable to handle his pace. The 19-year old could be a big player for Liverpool this season and is starting to produce more goals and create chances for other players. Sterling seems to have improved on his defensive skills after tracking back to help out Johnson well, and showed unbelievable strength for such a small lad.

Raheem Sterling catches the eye again after impressive game

Raheem Sterling catches the eye again after impressive game

Coutinho           8.8- Man Of The Match

Coutinho pulled the strings for Liverpool today with everything Liverpool produced came through the young Brazilian. Scored the third goals of the game with a neat finish, something he needs to work on still, but what was more impressive was the flick to Sturridge to open the scoring. Coutinho has been described by Rodgers as the ‘brain of the team’ and that was proven with this performance.

'Brains of the team' Coutinho pulled the strings in midfield

‘Brains of the team’ Coutinho pulled the strings in midfield

Jordan Ibe       6.5

Ibe came on at a time where there was a number of substitutions that affected the game. Could not get involved in the game while he was on the pitch but this could still be the 17-year-olds breakthrough season this year.

Strikers

Daniel Sturridge   8.4

With their being so much talk about replacing Luis Suarez Liverpool already have the perfect player to fill the Uruguayans boots. A delightful outside of the foot finish for the first goal of the game and a wonderful piece of skill and pass to find Henderson for the Reds fourth goal proved he could step up even more this season. If Sturridge can stay fit all season then he will be the man to get the goals that Liverpool need.

We hope to see this celebration plenty more times during the season

We hope to see this celebration plenty more times during the season

Rickie Lambert     6.3

Lambert came on late in the game but once again another uninspired display by the Englishman. With Lambert struggling at the moment Liverpool are in the market for another striker to partner Sturridge or be back up and Lambert does not fit the bill. Good player to have on the bench but would not inspire confidence in Liverpool fans if he were to start for Liverpool this season.

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Preston 1-2 Liverpool-Ibe stars in victory for Liverpool

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones  7.6

A good performance from Brad Jones, could not do anything about the goal. Made a number of good saves throughout the game and looked confident when collecting crosses.

Defenders

Martin Kelly 5.8

Did not look sharp for the second game in a row and lost a number of balls in the first half. He Will need to improve if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Jon Flanagan   7.2

Flanagan was Liverpool’s best defender in the first half. He looked comfortable on the ball and attacked more in his natural right-back position, when he swapped positions. Flanagan looked comfortable in defence and would have impressed Rodgers so far.

Martin Skrtel   6.2

Did not have a lot to do but was guilty of being complacent throughout the match. Skrtel looked strong in the air as normal, but did show rustiness a few times throughout the match.

Andre Wisdom 5.9

Wisdom did not have a good day and it is no surprise that Rodgers does not consider Wisdom in his first team plans. Looked weak on and off the ball and lacked pace a number of times during the game. A loan spell in the Premier League will suit Wisdom well.

Kevin Stewart    6.5

A much better appearance for Stewart as he looked more comfortable on the ball, and did not give away the ball. In the last game he gave away the ball for the goal and never looked like a player that was confident, but this was a much better run-out for the young full-back.

Sebastion Coates   6.7

Did not have a lot to do when he came on the pitch but whenever called upon he produced. He looked strong and comfortable on the ball, Coates showed that he has gotten over his injury but whether Rodgers considers him in frame for the first team is yet to be seen.

Lloyd Jones     6.5

Helped tighten things up at the back and worked well with Coates. Very comfortable but did not have a lot to do when he came on.

Jack Robinson     6.3

Did not really make an impression for himself and was replaced by Enrique later on in the game. Did not go forward many times but did look comfortable defensively.

Jose Enrique     6.8

Only made a short 20 minute appearance, but did show his quality during that time. Gave Liverpool another option going forward and looked fit and raring to go for the new season.

Midfielders

Lucas Leiva     6.6

Made some very good tackles while on the pitch, but if he is to fit into Rodgers plans then he will need to be better on the ball, as he gave away the ball a few times. Looked lively defensively and did help out the defence well.

Joe Allen       6.1

Did not look like a senior player on the pitch. Too many times he watching the play and not showing the determination he needs to. Good on the ball when the Welshman had it, but did not show determination to make his mark on the game,

Emre Can     7.1

Only played 20 minutes due to him being taken off as a precaution. During those minutes he controlled the tempo of the game and looked comfortable on and off the ball. An impressive brif appearance and if he can show this in the Premier League he could be in for a big season at Liverpool.

Can impressed despite going off early

Can impressed despite going off early

Phillipe Coutinho  7.4

Showed what he is all about and another impressive performance from the Brazilian. Showed great feet, dominant on the ball and surprisingly show better strength.

Coutinho impressed once again

Coutinho impressed once again

Jordan Ibe     9.2- Man Of The Match

A great performance again by Jordan Ibe, adding another 2 assists to his name. Great runs for both off the goals and showed real determination to get into attacking position. Got a very good pass on him, but again needs to improve his finishing as he had a great chance in the first half.

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Jordan Ibe set up both goals

Connor Coady   6.9

Coady is a very good tackler of the ball and made a difference when he came on. Looked comfortable on the ball and made a few bursting runs forward, overall a good performance for Coady when he came on.

Jordan Rossiter 7.9

Made a real difference when he came on the pitch. Made some great tackles and ran the show in the midfield when he was on the pitch. Still only 18 and could have a good future at Liverpool if he can progress to the next level.

Suso   8.5

Suso impressed on the left side of midfield, scoring a great curling equalising goal. Cut inside on his left foot and looked a danger when he did. Got a good shot on him, as he showed with the goal and has an eye for goal, could be a good player for Liverpool this season.

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Suso scored a stunning first goal and impressed throughout the game

Adam Phillips  6.5

Phillips played just the 10 minutes, so not really a lot of time to make an impact on the game. Did not have a lot of touches on the ball as Liverpool were seeing the game out when he came on.

Krisztian Adorjan   6.6

Looked comfortable on the ball and showed good link up play with Peterson. Did not see a lot of the ball but when he did he would rarely play a bad pass.

Strikers

Rickie Lambert     6.6

Lambert did not see a lot of the ball, but did show glimpses off what he can do. Will need to improve his performances if he is going to make the starting eleven and perhaps at times showed the occasion got to him.

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Rickie Lambert made his Liverpool debut

Fabio Borini       6.1

Borini is on the verge of a move to Sunderland and this is likely to be his last appearance for Liverpool. Showed that his head was not at Liverpool and did not make an impact on the game.

Kristoffer Peterson   8.3

Peterson Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers what he is about, scoring the winning goal of the game. Scored in the loss to Brondby and showed his poachers instinct for his second Liverpool goal. Made some great runs throughout the game and showed that he links up extremely well with Jordan Ibe.

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Player Ratings- Liverpool 1-2 Brondby IF : Ibe and Coutinho shine in 2-1 defeat in first pre-season game

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones             5.2

Started brightly, but was caught out for the goal where he was out of position for the long range strike and constantly got beaten at free-kicks, with the Danish side hitting the crossbar twice with Jones of his line both times and lucky not be beaten.

Danny Ward         6.5

Didn’t get too much game time as he replaced Jones late in the second half, could do nothing for the goal, but didn’t have a lot to do.

Defenders

Martin Kelly         6.0

Looked rusty and showed that he has not played much football. Brendan Rodgers will want Kelly to up his game if he is to be considered in Liverpool’s first team plans next season.

Kevin Stewart       5.0

Replaced Tiago Ilori midway through the first half, had a horrendous start where he gave the ball away for the first goal and giving the ball away in attacking positions. Replaced at half time.

Tiago Ilori               6.6

Looked assured during the 20 minutes that he played, but went off injured after appearing to pull a hamstring.

Daniel Agger         6.7

Agger returned to Denmark to face his former club and captained the Liverpool side, looked assured without looking spectacular. Showed his rustiness at times during the game.

Agger faced his former club

Agger faced his former club

Brad Smith           6.8

Made some very good attacking runs, but was caught out of position at the back several times. Got forward and showed he has a lot of pace, but will need to pick his moments to go forward better.

Martin Skrtel      6.9

Didn’t have a lot to do, but should have put in a tackle for the goal. Showed his strength and was very good in the air, winning most aerial balls.

Jon Flanagan       7.2

Came on in the second half and looked very sharp. Made some excellent runs going forward and showed real determination in the way he went about his work. Liverpool’s best defender on show and should start next season.

Andre Wisdom   5.8

Came on in the second half and showed why Liverpool are willing to loan him out. Did not look comfortable on the ball and was sloppy at the back. Lost the ball a number of times and did not put in a good performance to prove Rodgers wrong.

Lloyd Jones   6.0

Came on in the second half and did not have a lot to do, was partly at fault for the goal as he should have put in a tackle.

Midfielders

 

Lucas Leiva       6.1

One of the senior players on show at the game and looked rusty, did not get into the game and did not work hard enough.

Joe Allen           5.8

Came on in the second half and could not get into the game, looked weak on and off the ball and showed none of the performance levels he played at last season, where he replaced Coutinho at times in the season.

Jordan Rossiter     6.4

Made some good forward runs and looked lively during the game. Left out of position during the game a few times.

Joao Teixeira        7.0

Showed some very good touches and looked lively, showed good link up play with other players and needs to start making the step up now for Liverpool if he is to succeed.

Suso                       7.2

Linked up well with Coutinho and looked lively during the game, showed no rustiness and was a threat to the Brondby defence in the first half.

Phillipe Coutinho   8.8- Man Of The Match

Ran the show in the first half, everything that Liverpool created in the first half came from Coutinho. Showed no signs he was rusty and showed Rodgers what he has to offer.

Coutinho ran the show in midfield

Coutinho ran the show in midfield

Conor Coady         6.6

Had a steady performance without really showing Brendan Rodgers what he can do. It is rumoured Liverpool are willing to let Coady leave and he will have to perform better to convince Liverpool to keep him.

Adam Phillips         5.9

Came on in the second and did not make much impact. Could not get involved into the game and needed to keep the ball better for Liverpool to keep possession.

Krisztian Adorjan   5.9

Very similar game to Adam Phillips where he was sloppy on the ball and needed to keep it better for Liverpool to cause more problems.

Jordan Ibe           8.6

Came on for the second half and showed what he is about. Ibe has unbelievable pace and trickery and showed it to set up the Liverpool goal, with a clever dummy which the defender fell for and Ibe was clear to put the ball on a plate for goalscorer Peterson. One improvement he needs to make is his finishing which is woeful at times, but he is definitely one for the future.

 

Strikers

Fabio Borini       6.2

Needed to impress today but could not get involved in the game, showed rustiness and he will need to pick up the performance levels with every game if he wants to impress Rodgers.

Kristoffer Peterson     7.6

Peterson was in the ‘right place right time’ for the goal, which takes a certain skill. Looked lively during the game and linked up with Ibe well.

Goalscorer Peterson looked lively up front

Goalscorer Peterson looked lively up front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coutinho and co sign off in style

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Coutinho celebrates Reds first goal

Liverpool recorded a fourth straight pre-season win as they signed off their 2013 summer tour with a 3-0 victory over the Thailand national team.

Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard scored the goals on a day when many of Brendan Rodgers’ senior players featured for 90 minutes for the first time this summer.

The squad will now head straight for the airport, waving goodbye to their incredible Thai supporters and flying home to Merseyside.

Coutinho might have opened the scoring on 11 minutes but his extravagance in scissor-kicking Glen Johnson’s superb floating cross did not pay dividends.

But the Brazilian wouldn’t be denied for long. On 16 minutes he pick-pocketed possession before displaying outrageous footwork that left his pursuer floored and opened space to slot into the bottom corner.

The Reds continued to create chances against a national side who knocked China for five recently, while Thailand’s best effort in the first half was a rocket shot from 20 yards that Simon Mignolet had to be sharp to palm away.

Within four minutes of the restart it was 2-0 when Coutinho threaded a ball towards Aspas, who beat a defender with a Maradona spin before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper’s reach to claim his third goal since clinching a transfer from Celta Vigo.

It was Gerrard who chipped in next on 59 minutes as Joe Allen sprinted clear in midfield, feeding Aspas, who in turn laid the ball off to his skipper. Gerrard – the undisputed star attraction for fans during the tour – showed poise to dink over the flailing defenders and ‘keeper.

Aspas and Fabio Borini then made way for Luis Suarez and Jordon Ibe but there wasn’t the raft of early changes we saw in previous tour encounters.

Kolo Toure and Coutinho – who both missed the Reds’ last game through injury – were replaced by Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson, while everyone else lasted until the closing stages or the final whistle.

Away from the sidelines, Suarez and Gerrard both hit the crossbar, Henderson had an effort stopped on the line and Ibe blasted into the side netting – but the passionate fans who filled the Thai national stadium were not treated to any more goals.

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