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Liverpool put in another dismal performance, as they slumped to a 1-0 away defeat to Newcastle United, giving Brendan Rodgers' men a fourth loss in the Premier League already this season.

The Reds created little in attack and again were poor at the back, with Ayoze Perez's 73rd minute strike wrapping up the three points for the Magpies.

Player ratings 

Simon Mignolet 6.5

After each game I seem to be typing the same thing about the the Belgian. Mignolet is one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League, and made some superb saves to deny both Remy Cabella and Moussa Sissoko. They kept Liverpool in the game and his side had to be grateful for them.

However, he was far from convincing when coming to collect the ball. Mid-way through the first half, Mignolet didn't come and claim a cross that should have been his and caused his side problems.

Then, moments later he failed to punch a cross away when he did commit himself, and Newcastle would have scored if it weren't for Glen Johnson clearing off the line. Clearly, the 26-year-old is struggling for confidence and must improve.

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Glen Johnson 5.5

Again, the England international put in a poor performance. His defence duties were far from up to scratch and was menaced by Sammy Ameobi in the early stages. Johnson never recovered from that early troubles and always looked shaky when defending, with both Ameobi and Moussa Sissoko causing him problems.

His attacking wasn't up to scratch, either, rarely making a positive run forwards and threatieng the Newcastle goal. 

However, his clearance off the line in the first-half kept his side in the game.

Martin Skrtel 6

Skrtel isn't having the best season on Anfield. He looks so uncomfortable defending, especially when players are driving at him in the ball. The Slovakian gave away a daft free-kick in the first-half when snapping Rolonado Aarons in a danger position - Liverpool were lucky not to be punished and did so again in the second period

He almost gave Liverpool the lead in the first period when just heading wide from Steven Gerrard's corner and should have really done better.

Dejan Lovren 6

Much like his fellow central defender, Lovren was again not at his best. Moussa Sissoko caused him so much trouble, constantly pestering the defender, and the Croat had no response.

His distribution was too under-par and gave the ball away far too easily on multiple occasions. This angered his manager and we could possibly see him lose his place in the centre of the Liverpool defence.

Alberto Moreno 4

The Spaniard has been excellent so far for the Reds, but he was abysmal in this fixture.

Usually, he makes his attacking presence be felt, bombing down the left-hand side and making himself a nightmare for defenders. This was none existent, despite him playing high up the pitch to offer his support.

Moreno was also very poor defensively being menaced by Gabriel Obertan before he was forced off with injury and then by Sissokho and Aarons.

He was at fault for the Newcastle goal when failing to clear in his own box, being far too casual and not getting rid of the ball and could likely see himself lose his place against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Steven Gerrard 7

The Liverpool skipper looked one of the only players in a Red shirt who wanted to come away from the North East with a result.

He made himself busy throughout the game, throwing in some superb challenges and playing some excellent passes. He hit a number of outstanding crosses, one coming in the early period when his corner found Martin Skrtel, who should have buried his header and then another in the second-half was met by the head of Philippe Coutinho who was caught offside.

Jordan Henderson 5

Considering that Henderson was playing against his rivals, being a born and bred Sunderland man, he put in an under-fire performance. He was barely involved in the first-half, losing key midfield battles and didn't fair much better in the second half.

There wasn't a moment when the 24-year-old shone, and he offered Liverpool little going forwards. His energy was there, however, the Reds needed more than just energy to get a result.

Joe Allen 4

The Welshman was extremely poor right from the word go. He brought nothing to the table - no energy, no work-rate, no tackles, no vision going forwards. They are just four of many things he did wrong and has to improve drastically. 

Philippe Coutinho 6.5

I felt sorry for Coutinho in this fixture. He didn't really know where his role quite was, playing wide and through the middle at times. 

The service he received from the midfield was below average and had a hard time creating chances. There were times when the Brazilian brought moments of magic, being the brains in the final third, but they came thick and far between unfortunately. 

Raheem Sterling 5

Sterling is very much a marked man at the minute and he struggled with that today. He seemed to be playing much wider than usual, but failed to deliver for his side.

Those moments of sparkle rarely occurred and his end product was far from up to scratch when he did find space.

Maybe the 19-year-old was saving his best form for Tuesday's fixture against Real Madrid, however, he must improve significantly if he is to impress.

Mario Balotelli 4

The Italian was virtually anonymous in the first-half, having little service to impact the game. 

The second-half was different, as he improved slightly. He had two decent chances, but they both failed to trouble Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal and still awaits his first Premier League goal for Liverpool. 

Balotelli's work-rate was again questionable, not putting himself about enough to win the ball back for his side.


Fabio Borini 7

The Italian carried on his good form from Tuesday's Capital One Cup fixture against Swansea City. He was busy and his movement created several chances for his team and had a couple of efforts himself.

Rickie Lambert 5

Given little time to impact the game and couldn't do much to get involved.

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