Liverpool player ratings v West Brom: Sterling soars, Toure insecure

Raheem Sterling Liverpool

Liverpool went on top midway through the first half at The Hawthorns but ultimately couldn’t take all three points.

Daniel Sturridge popped up at the far post to turn in a simple finish, but a second half push from the hosts saw West Brom profit from a Reds error to share the spoils.

Brendan Rodgers’ men see fifth place Everton gain ground with the result as they’re now at risk of falling further behind the top three.

See how the Reds performed individually below.

Simon Mignolet – 6.5/10

Commanded his penalty area well and pulled off a lovely stop to keep out Gareth McAuley’s head early in the second half. Perhaps could’ve avoided conceding by playing the ball long with the Baggies lurking in the final third.

Jon Flanagan – 6.5/10

Held his ground with discipline, particularly when confronted by Chris Brunt. Forced the Northern Irishman to always choose the most difficult route to goal.

Martin Skrtel – 7.5/10

Left with plenty to do by Toure but coped well enough. Nullified Matej Vydra with his physicality and was safe with the ball at his feet.

Kolo Toure – 4/10

Gambled with his side’s security in losing possession several times on bursting runs forward out of defence. Gifted the ball to Victor Anichebe for the equaliser. Poor – especially considering his level of experience.

Aly Cissokho – 5.5/10

A rather typical display from the Frenchman – always eager to help out in attack, caught out of position with regularity as a result. Gave away possession far too often for comfort.

Philippe Coutinho – 6/10

Barely visible in the opening stages, but played a key role in the move for the opener. Frustrated as he struggled to influence proceedings until being withdrawn on 74 minutes for Joe Allen.

Steven Gerrard – 7/10

Showed more of the positional discipline – as the deepest man in the centre of the park – that allowed him to succeed against Everton. Distributed the ball with accuracy. However, tired as the day wore on and couldn’t control the match as effectively down the stretch.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

Industrious in the centre of the park but not much more. Got forward to run in behind Strurridge when possible yet his final product was a bit lacking.

Raheem Sterling – 8/10

Energetic from the off and looked a real threat. Glided past opponents with ease and gave Liam Ridgewell a torrid time out wide. Tracked back to help out in defence.

Luis Suarez – 7.5/10

Did dogged work up front, somewhat fortuitously assisting Sturridge’s opener with what appeared to be a wayward effort on goal. Was superbly denied by Ben Foster after doing ever so well to work a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper.

Daniel Sturridge – 7/10

True to a man in form, arrived at just the right moment to tap in at the back stick from Suarez. Embarked on several dangerous runs to force West Brom into giving away set-piece opportunities, but couldn’t further capitalise.


Martin Kelly – 6/10

Came on for Flanagan for the final 15 minutes as the Reds saw out the stalemate.

Joe Allen – 6.5/10

Stepped in for Coutinho to shore up the midfield and helped make sure Liverpool came away with a point.

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