Liverpool player ratings v Hull City

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Mario Balotelli continued his Premier League goal drought, as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw against Hull City at Anfield.

The Reds' best chance fell to the Italian during injury time, missing a simple effort from just six yards out, as well as missing a chance in the first half. Defender Dejan Lovren, also went close in the first period, when his header was cleared off the line.

The result saw Liverpool drop to seventh in the table, and Hull - who secured a point against Arsenal away last week - rise to ninth.

Simon Mignolet 7

The Belgian had a fairly quite afternoon in the net, something he was probably praying for after conceding three goals against Real Madrid mid-week.

Mignolet controlled his box a lot better against the Tigers, and looked much more confident when coming to collect the ball. Despite not having much to do, the former Sunderland man was always alert when called into action. His biggest test came when Jake Livermore found space inside the Liverpool box, however, it was a comfortable save for the former Sunderland man.

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Javier Manquillo 7

The Spaniard replaced Glen Johnson at right-back and put in a solid shift. Manquillo was in full support when Liverpool were on the attack, giving his side the option of width. He was very much in attack mode, and linked up well with Raheem Sterling on the right-hand side.

Defending wise, the summer loan signing was also sound. Despite being in full support when his side were on the charge forward, Manquillo was always ready to track back and keep Hull out. He made several tackles throughout the game, winning the Reds possession and starting attacks.

Dejan Lovren 6.5

Lovren has found his time difficult so far at Anfield, but he had a solid game against Steve Bruce's men. 

The Croatian played with much more confidence than he has done previously, making positive decision throughout the game. Although he didn't have all that much to do, Lovren still dealt with the threat of Abel Hernandez for the 90 minutes, not giving the Hull striker a sniff in front of goal. However, there were still signs that the 25-year-old is still adapting on Merseyside, as he gave the ball away too easily at times, making poor decisions.

Lovren also almost grabbed his first goal for his new club, when he met Steven Gerrard's corner that was cleared off the line in the first half. Liverpool need goals from all players on the pitch, and needs to continue his aerial threat.

Martin Skrtel 7

Skrtel had a similar game to his central-defensive partner, but slightly more solid.

This season, the 29-year-old has especially struggled with getting his positioning correct, but he improved in the area. Skrtel went about his game quietly but confidently, dealing with any danger fairly easily. That should give both him, and his defensive cohorts plenty of confidence and hopefully they can build on Saturday's performance.

Alberto Moreno 5

Moreno surprisingly had a quiet afternoon against the Tigers. Usually, the Spaniard bombs down the left-wing, offering his full support when the Reds are on the attack.

Considering Liverpool were on top for most of the game, Moreno did not really get involved. At times, he made his sweeping runs out wide, but these were few and far between. At times, Adam Lallana was wide on the left with the ball, and was searching for the support of the former Sevilla man, but it was not on offer.

Defensively, Moreno was sound for the most part, dealing with the pace of Hatem Ben Arfa extremely well for the 90 minutes.

Emre Can 7.5

Can really impressed in Saturday's fixture. The German has struggled with injury so far this season, however he's started the last two Premier League games, and is beginning to play with real confidence.

Can was excellent on the ball, hitting some superb passes, one of which almost set up Mario Balotelli in the second half. The £10 million summer signing drove at the Hull defence with real venom and created plenty of chances for his team-mates. Defensively, he also was solid, making a number of challenges throughout the game.

The former Bayer Leverkus man showed his inexperience at times, losing the ball a little too easily, however that will come over time and he will learn from those mistakes.

Steven Gerrard 6.5

The Liverpool captain played a bit more of an advanced role in the midfield, and that's what Reds fans like to see. 

Gerrard committed himself to attacks more than we've seen this season, getting himself into dangerous positions near the Hull penalty area. He had a shot just sail wide in the second period, and played in some inch-perfect passes and put in some brilliant balls from set-pieces.

The one criticism of the midfielder is that he should have took to the game more. He showed his ability remains when getting forward, but it was not often enough.

Joe Allen 4

Allen was extremely poor against the Tigers. Usually, the Welshman has bundles of energy, yet he was missing for large parts of the game. 

Liverpool in the first half, needed that extra man when on the attack - it should have been Allen. Unfortunately, he put in a rather lacklustre performance contributing little going forward or defending.

Adam Lallana 6.5

Lallana was busy down the left-hand side, causing problems for the Hull defence. He linked up well with Emre Can in the first half, playing some neat one-two's with the German. 

The England international has an excellent work ethic, and again displayed his engine against the Tigers when constantly offering his aid on the attack, as well as defending. The one thing that let Lallana down was his end product - he'd do the hard work by beating several men on the left flank, however his cross would be poor and let him down.

Raheem Sterling 7

The youngster continued his fine form against the Yorkshire side. Despite being closely marked throughout the game, Sterling used his pace to his advantage in the first half, beating Robbie Brady on multiple occasions. 

It was hard for the teenager being so closely marked, but Sterling showed no signs of weakness and was relentless going forward. He hit an outstanding pass to find Balotelli in the first half that almost lead to Liverpool breaking the deadlock. Sterling linked very well with Rickie Lambert when he came on, with the former QPR man breaking into some dangerous positions and having a couple of chances.

Mario Balotelli 6

The Italian still awaits his first Premier League goal for his new club. After two poor showings against QPR and Real Madrid, his performance against Hull was improved. Balotelli dropped deeper to receive the ball and make things happen, as well as chasing the ball back.

He had a couple of chances, the best coming in the last minute of the game when he was denied by Hull's third choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. His movement was better in the clash, offering himself in more dangerous positions.

However, he still was lazy at times and could have done more for his side. He also have the ball away far too easily on several occasions when he should have just played a simple pass.


Rickie Lambert 8

Lambert was outstanding when he came on for Adam Lallana. Having two strikers on the pitch gave Liverpool are more streamlined way of attack, being really able to penetrate the Hull defence.

Lambert dropped into the number 10 role, and was superb. He held the ball so well, and played some lovely passes to both Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, who both could have easily scored.

Philippe Coutinho 8

He may have only been on the pitch for half an hour, but Coutinho completely changed the way Liverpool played. The Brazilian was delightful to watch, attacking the Hull defence with pace and skill that they had no response to. 

Coutinho made things happen, and hit an inch perfect pass to find Balotelli late in the game. He almost grabbed himself a goal, when he saw his shot from outside of the box pushed over the bar.

Jordan Henderson 5

Henderson struggled to get into the game when coming on. He made himself busy, however just couldn't get in touch with the pace of the game.

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