Liverpool player ratings v West Brom: A mixed day for former Southampton trio

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The Reds held on to beat the Baggies 2-1, with Jordan Henderson their man of the match. Here's how the players rated...

Simon Mignolet - 6.5/10

Still looked very nervy/shaky at times but produced a better performance than he has recently. Punched several crosses away when hesitant, which is a vast improvement on not dealing with them at all.

Alberto Moreno - 6/10

Moreno did little specifically wrong but the Spaniard needed to get more involved as Liverpool's main success came down the flanks.

Martin Skrtel - 6.5/10

An improvement on his recent displays, with the Reds not looking like conceding apart from one disastrous moment. Also offered the alternative of a direct pass to Rickie Lambert from deep but got booked after a poor first-half challenge on Saido Berahino.

Dejan Lovren - 4/10

What on Earth was the former Southampton defender thinking when he fouled Berahino on the edge of the area? The penalty may have been an incorrect decision as the challenge took place outside the box but Liverpool deserved to concede it through sheer stupidity. Another very bad day for Lovren.

Javier Manquillo - 4/10

Speaking of bad displays, what has happened to Manquillo lately? After a terrific start to his Liverpool career, the young defender has gone seriously off the boil. The right-back was simply awful in the final third and Glen Johnson looked a significant upgrade when he replaced him. It was Manquillo's shocking back-pass that led to the penalty incident.

Steven Gerrard - 7/10

Was not as effective from set-pieces today but produced a much better performance than against Basel in the Champions League. When he was moved further forward in the second half, meanwhile, Gerrard linked up effortlessly with substitute Mario Balotelli. A healthy sign for the future?

Jordan Henderson - 9/10

Without a shred of a doubt the Reds' man of the match. Henderson was absolutely everywhere and provided the assist for Adam Lallana's superb opener before scoring the winner himself. Bravo, Jordan!

Adam Lallana - 8/10

Opened his Liverpool goalscoring account with a sensational move, beating his man after a one-two with Henderson, before finishing coolly into the far corner. This was the Lallana Saints fans knew and loved last season. It seems the Kop will love him just as much if he keeps playing like this.

Philippe Coutinho - 6/10

This was another quiet performance from the Brazilian but, make no mistake, he is improving. Previously, Coutinho has been criticised for being wasteful and trying too much. This was an example of him learning from his mistakes and keeping things tight. Will need time to return to his best but this was a step in the right direction, for sure.

Raheem Sterling - 7/10

Another young star to have put right his performance against Basel. Still returning to form himself - as evidenced by a few very wayward touches - Sterling was instrumental to Henderson's winner. After he was brought down in the box, the 19-year-old got right back up and provided the assist for his team-mate's shot.

Rickie Lambert - 6.5/10

An encouraging display form Lambert, who certainly offered Liverpool a different option up front. The target man's display proved the Reds have a Plan B and an hour or so on the sidelines seems to have helped Balotelli, who looked better after coming on to replace the harder-working Lambert.

Substitutes

Glen Johnson - 7/10

A very assured display after coming on for Manquillo in the second half. Perhaps Johnson can prove himself to the Anfield faithful yet?

Lucas Leiva - 6/10

Came on late on in the game and, without being spectacular, did what he always tries to do: shore up the midfield.

Mario Balotelli - 6/10

Looked rather promising, in all honesty, testing the goalkeeper with some late shots after being introduced in place of Lambert. Being dropped (or rested/rotated if you prefer) looks to have done his energy levels some good and Brendan Rodgers has obviously noticed that he needs a no.10 to work with. Surprisingly, it was skipper Gerrard on this occasion.

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