Liverpool player ratings vs Leicester City

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Liverpool through away a two goal lead as they drew 2-2 with bottom of the table Leicester City.

Looking to build momentum on their 4-1 thrashing of Swansea City earlier this week, the Reds took the lead when Raheem Sterling won his side a penalty for handball - a somewhat questionable decision by referee Mike Jones - with Steven Gerrard converting from the spot on the 17th minute mark.

It was a case of deja vu for the Merseyside club's second, however the decision was less disputable when Philippe Coutinho's effort struck the arm of Danny Simpson and the Liverpool captain soon doubled his side's lead.

The Foxes looked dead and gone at half-time, however, Merseyside-native David Nugent gave his team a lifeline and then Jeff Schlupp snatched the Midlands outfit a well-deserved point.

Starting XI

Simon Mignolet 6

The Belgian didn't do all that much wrong in the Liverpool net and looked a little more confident and commanding and made a few decent stops to keep his side in the game. Couldn't do anything with both of Leicester's goals.

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Emre Can 6

Not a bad performance from Can, but not up to his recent standards set. The German had the duty of marking Jamie Vardy and Schlupp who were both a handful and should have got tighter to the former for Leicester's first. Still playing out of position and you can see how badly he wants to get further up the pitch.

Kolo Toure 6

Filled in at the heart of the defence in the absence of Martin Skrtel and the Ivorian wasn't did okay. Toure put his whole heart into tackles and aerial threats as well as positioning himself to make key blocks. 

Mamadou Sakho 6

Poor tracking allowed Nugent space for his goal. Still looked fairly decent from the first whilst and when the Foxes' were gained the upper hand in the second-period, the Frenchman kept composed and make a number of superb blocks to keep the scoreline down.

Jordan Henderson 6.5

Not a winger and it's bizarre why Brendan Rodgers keeps persisting him playing out wide. Against Swansea, the 24-year-old was a massive influence in the midfield but today he was left isolated on the flank and couldn't inflict his usual energy into the game. Much better when brought to play in the middle of the park acting as an engine winning the ball and getting forward.

Steven Gerrard 5

Two superb penalties which took his Premier League tally to 31 from 39 from the spot during his career. However, apart from his goals the Reds skipper did nothing both at the back and going forwards and his persistent fouling in dangerous areas could have generated problems for his side.

Lucas 5

A blip in form for the Brazilian as he's been playing well for the past few weeks. Nowhere to be seen for Leicester's second goal and his usual shield to protect the back-four had holes in it and Nigel Atkinson's men were allowed to get past him far too easily.

Alberto Moreno 6

More suited to the new system, but wasn't all that good. A few times he played nice touches but there were no driving runs like we've seen before.

Adam Lallana 7

Not as good as against Swansea but was still busy going forward and gave the Leicester defence questions to think about. Beginning to develop a good understanding with his fellow front-men. Subbed off early in the second-half with injury

Philippe Coutinho 7.5

Liverpool's man of the match. In the first-half he was superb, always looking to make himself available and create chances for his team. His ball to find Sterling that lead to the home side's first penalty was as breath-taking as ever and the Brazilian's clever trickery saw him win his side another spot-kick. Not as bright in the second-period as it was the away outfit who had most of the ball but still always tried to be the play-maker on rare occasions he did get the ball.

Rahaeem Sterling 7

Still awaiting the return of Daniel Sturridge, however Sterling is doing okay as a make-do striker. His pace saw him land a couple of successful dribbles as well as making the first penalty won. Clever trickery in the second-period saw a cross find Lazar Markovic.


Fabio Borini 5

Offered little when he came on, although you have to credit his work rate.

Lazar Markovic 5.5

Brought on far too late to make a real impact, however missed a poor header that should have at least hit the target

Rickie Lambert N/A

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