Liverpool player ratings v Burnley

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Raheem Sterling's 62nd minute goal gave Liverpool a much needed three points against Burnley.

The 20-year-old continued playing as a make-do striker as both Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert sat on the Reds' bench.

And Brendan Rodgers tactics were rewarded mid-way through the second-half when Philippe Coutinho slipped Sterling in and the youngster calmly went round Tom Heaton to wrap up the three points for the Merseyside club.

Player Ratings

Brad Jones 5

Subbed off after just 15 minutes with injury however he didn't look in great shakes from the start.

Kolo Toure 6

The Ivorian wasn't doing badly at all and was solid in the first-half. Toure looked as composed as ever and won several challenges. Substituted at the break which seemingly was because of injury.

Martin Skrtel 4

The Slovakian was poor all around. He always looked nervy when on the ball and gave needlessly far too often. Skrtel never looked convincing at the back and was second best when tackling and aerial balls. Could well lose his place in the side soon.

Mamadou Sakho 7

The Frenchman showed Kopites the potential they have been waiting to see against the Clarets. Sakho put in one of his best performances to date for Liverpool, winning tackles with conviction as well as headers. There have been critics about his ball-playing ability however, he wriggled himself out of difficult situations with ease.

Jordan Henderson 6

Henderson clearly isn't a winger and was wasted when the centre of pitch was crying out for  an engine. The England international got up and down fairly well but he lacked class to make opportunities arise and gave the ball simple most of the time.

Lucas 7

Performed well once against. Burnley were on top for large periods of the game and the Brazilian was there to close down quickly and made a number of excellent challenges. Didn't do anything going forward but given the pressure his side were under, he went about his role with maturity.

Steven Gerrard 5

There was one point when I forgot the Liverpool skipper was on the pitch. The new formation forces Gerrard to be in no-man's land, not knowing his role and not contributing to anything. He practically was hugging Lucas at times and did not dictate the play when he should have been.

Lazar Markovic 6

The young Serb struggled a little at Turfmoor and was constantly under pressure. He gave the ball away too often, too easily however did threaten at times. Don't forget he is still just 20-years-old and entitled to an off day.

Adam Lallana 6.5

One of the Reds' better players. The England international works as hard as anyone on the pitch and played some nice balls throughout the game. Should have done a lot better with his chance in the first-half and seemed a little slower than usual for the full 90 minutes.

Philippe Coutinho 7.5

Always the biggest threat when he had the ball, attempting to make things happen for his side. Coutinho is clearly appreciating the new system being played and was always positive on the ball. Played a superb ball to set up Sterling, flicking it over the Burnley defence from an awkward position.

Raheem Sterling 7

Not the youngster best performance, but his strike snatched the three points for the Reds. There were times when he did threaten with his pace but he lacked in service for the most part except his goal, which was taken brilliantly.


Simon Mignolet 4

A woeful display from the Belgian who clearly had zero confidence when coming on. Mignolet almost gifted Danny Ings a goal when kicking it straight at him as well as flapping as several crosses and making some poor punches. One feels there will be a new shot-stopper in January arriving at Anfield.

Emre Can 6.5

Didn't put a foot wrong for a make-do centre-back when replacing Toure, however you could see he was itching to get forward.

Rickie Lambert 6

Worked hard and held the ball up fairly well when coming on.

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Simon Mignolet
Premier League

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