Liverpool Player Ratings: Midfielders excel in Manchester United thrashing

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How did Liverpool's players fare in their 3-0 win over Manchester United today? Here are the ratings for Brendan Rodgers' side...

Simon Mignolet 7 - Manchester United had just one shot on target all game, and Mignolet made the save. Wasn't given much to do, but when called upon, the Belgian was reliable.

John Flanagan 8 - the young full back continues to impress, and whether it was Adnan Januzaj or Juan Mata up against him, Flanagan had the upper hand and demonstrated his defensive qualities once again.

Martin Skrtel 8 - The Slovakian was dominant in the air once again, and shackled Robin van Persie well. He got away with a challenge on Wayne Rooney in the penalty area, but was solid throughout in the Liverpool back line.

Daniel Agger 7 - Much like Skrtel, Agger had a solid game in the heart of the Liverpool defence, restricting United to just the one shot on target in the 90 minutes.

Glen Johnson 8 - Johnson is still playing out of position at left back with Flanagan at right back, but was, like Flanagan, equal to everything the United wingers through at him.

Steven Gerrard 8 - Gerrard almost hit a hat-trick of penalties today, but missed a third by hitting the post. His two goals set Liverpool well on their way, whilst his passing regularly set up Liverpool attacks in a perfect captain's display.

Joe Allen 8 - Allen was chosen ahead of Philippe Coutinho, and proved Brendan Rodgers right in making that decision by consistently breaking up United attacks and keeping possession well.

Jordan Henderson 8 - In a similar way to Allen, Henderson kept things simple and broke up plays well in a vital role, giving the front three license to attack.

Raheem Sterling 7 - Sterling's pace caused United problems at times, but the youngster failed to have too much of an attacking influence on the game.

Daniel Sturridge 8 - Sturridge direct running and pace caused problems for Nemanja Vidic in the Manchester United defence, which eventually led to the third penalty award and subsequent red card, and should have had another as his silky footwork fooled Michael Carrick into a challenge.

Luis Suarez 8 - Suarez was a danger throughout, and capped off a fine display with the killer third goal. His constant skill in possession was vital to Liverpool's attacking impetus, which won the first penalty kick for the Reds.

Subs:

Philippe Coutinho 6 - Coutinho came on for Raheem Sterling with 20 minutes to play and went close with a long range strike, but his attacking influence wasn't needed with Liverpool coasting.

Lucas Leiva - Wasn't on the field long enough to make an impact.

Iago Aspas - Wasn't on the field long enough to make an impact.

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