Liverpool player ratings: Sterling & Balotelli the flops, no one gets above a 6

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A lifeless Liverpool display saw the Reds lose 1-0 in Basel on Wednesday night. Here's how the players rated...

Simon Mignolet - 5/10

Amid recent criticism, the Belgian confidently announced that he is trying his utmost to improve his game. The problem is, however, that there is no actual evidence that that is the case. Here, he looked shaky once again.

Jose Enrique - 5/10

The Spaniard was run ragged down the left-hand side. Looked better going forward but this was not his night, nor was it Liverpool's in general.

Martin Skrtel - 5/10

Do Liverpool even work on set-pieces in training? It's beginning to look like they should just go on holiday in between games because the same flaws keep exposing Skrtel and the rest of his back line. Really inexcusable defending for the goal. Again.

Dejan Lovren - 5/10

Lovren was no better than Skrtel and major change is needed across the Reds' back four. Boss Brendan Rodgers needs to go back to basics. He seems to think things will just change themselves.

Javier Manquillo - 5.5/10

This was also an off-night for the Spaniard, who looked so convincing only two weeks ago in Liverpool's last Champions League game. Lost the ball a lot and looked poor in the final third.

Steven Gerrard - 5/10

Unfortunately for Liverpool, their talisman who so often bails them out couldn't save them tonight. Gerrard's delivery was nowhere near his usual standard tonight and he will need to extract more from himself and his team-mates in the foreseeable future.

Jordan Henderson - 6/10

Certainly the Reds' 'engine' as usual. Except in Basel, Henderson's engine had no bonnet. There was no finish, no flair, just running, running, passing, passing. Not Liverpool's worst player by a long stretch but needs to be able to influence games like this on his own if he is to be a long-term successor to Gerrard as the Reds' captain.

Raheem Sterling - 4/10

The 19-year-old has started this season just like he did the last - with a dip in performance. It is important to note that Sterling is still so young and can't be expected to shoulder the responsibility of carrying this whole Liverpool team on his shoulders. But the facts are the facts: he was very poor tonight and wasted several good opportunities, while his touch was non-existent. Why has Rodgers wasted him down the left for the second game running?

Philippe Coutinho - 6/10

There were virtually no positives for the Reds tonight in truth. But if there was an 'almost-positive,' it would be Coutinho's performance. The Brazilian looked a lot better than in his recent displays. There is, however, a long way to go for the 22-year-old to get back to his best.

Lazar Markovic - 4.5/10

Still hasn't shown a single spark in a red shirt. Could be best for Rodgers to drop him in order to work with him more in training and re-introduce him when he has got his confidence back. Worryingly, though, Markovic did look very indifferent when Liverpool were losing. Does he really care, at the moment?

Mario Balotelli - 4/10

Another night to forget for the Italian. Balotelli simply didn't do anything of note. At all.

Substitutes

Adam Lallana - 6.5/10

Came on with 20 minutes to go so had little time to influence things. Didn't change much but showed good flashes and, had Sterling not had an off-night, Lallana may well have set up the equaliser.

Rickie Lambert - 6/10

Was introduced way too late - with 10 minutes to go. Why did Rodgers sign Lambert if he doesn't plan to use him?

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