Liverpool player ratings v Everton: Gerrard & Lallana shine - but Markovic struggles badly

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Phil Jagielka's late equaliser stunned the Reds at Anfield. Here's how the players rated...

Simon Mignolet - 7/10

The Liverpool goalkeeper gave a solid showing compared to some unimpressive recent displays. There was absolutely nothing he could have done about Jagielka's screamer.

Alberto Moreno - 7/10

Another encouraging performance from the Reds left-back, who can't seem to put a foot wrong at the moment.

Dejan Lovren - 6/10

Made an important goal-line clearance but gave the ball away often once again. Should have taken control of his defence in the closing stages but instead let them drop deeper and deeper, inviting a previously unconvincing Everton side to cause them problems.

Martin Skrtel - 6.5/10

Battled injury problems throughout the game but did well for the most part, even getting forward a lot. Like Lovren, however, should have shown far more in the closing stages, especially considering his vast experience.

Javier Manquillo - 6.5/10

Widely praised for his performance today, the Spaniard could actually have shown a lot more in the final third, although he was hardly the biggest sinner in that regard.

Jordan Henderson - 7/10

His passing was often misplaced but Liverpool's midfield engine worked hard all day long (no change there, then) and tackled well, also delivering the odd pinpoint through ball.

Steven Gerrard - 8.5/10

Defied the critics as usual, putting in another masterful display when it mattered and scoring a remarkable free kick to put his side into the lead. Should be Liverpool's free kick taker every day of the week over Mario Balotelli.

Raheem Sterling - 7/10

Did all he could down the left-hand side, causing Tony Hibbert all sorts of problems. But Sterling would have been much better placed in the no.10 role.

Adam Lallana - 8/10

All fears about the £25 million man's form will have been allayed as Lallana shone in the Merseyside derby. The midfielder showed plenty of energy, creativity and work-rate.

Lazar Markovic - 4/10

The same cannot be said, however, of £20 million summer signing Markovic. The Serb has looked very poor since moving to Anfield and Brendan Rodgers should consider giving him an extended spell out of the team. If he is to be given time to develop into the talent he is supposed to be, playing him further at the moment will only ruin his confidence.

Mario Balotelli - 5/10

The ultimate personification of hit and miss from Balotelli. The Italian won the free kick for Gerrard's goal and threatened with some lively moments. Those moments were all too rare, though, and Balotelli was often extremely wasteful and greedy.


Philippe Coutinho - 6/10

Replaced Markovic and was considerably better than him but nowhere near a game-changer. Didn't do too much wrong but still looks a man off form. Giving Suso a go might have been a better choice for Rodgers.

Rickie Lambert also came on for a late cameo, which will mean a lot to him. Didn't have more than a few minutes to make an impact, however, as Liverpool naively let Everton take control of the game at the death.

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