Liverpool player ratings: Coutinho outstanding, Sterling impresses - but Balotelli gets 2/10

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Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling were the only two Reds to impress during a dire, dire display that somehow saw them beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2.

Simon Mignolet - 6.5/10

Made several very good saves but was sloppy at times and does not excel in any area except his diving.

Glen Johnson - 6/10

A poor performance overall but the right-back did provide the cross for Richard Dunne's own goal to open the scoring. Before that, Liverpool really were struggling.

Martin Skrtel - 6/10

Made some important clearances but, like his team-mates, was out of position and in a panic all too often.

Dejan Lovren - 5/10

Another indifferent performance for the Reds defender, with Liverpool's defending all over the place for both goals.

Jose Enrique - 6/10

Made some decent passes but, like the rest of Liverpool's defence, did not impress at the back.

Jordan Henderson - 6/10

Also made some good passes but this was an average performance from the England midfielder. The 24-year-old was wasteful, lacking sharpness and represented a side devoid of ideas for most of the game. Henderson can do so much better.

Steven Gerrard - 6.5/10

Initially played in the no.10 role but was withdrawn deeper when those tactics didn't work. The Liverpool skipper showed one flash of brilliance, shooting just wide, in the first half but failed to live up to expectations thereafter. Improved towards the end, however, providing the assist for Philippe Coutinho's goal and getting forward as much as possible.

Emre Can - 4/10

A very poor return to first-team action. The German has not made a significant impact since arriving at Anfield and boss Brendan Rodgers will hope his struggles are more due to age and inexperience than a lack of ability. Can miskicked the ball several times and was positionally poor.

Raheem Sterling - 7/10

A rare bright spark for Liverpool, who made good runs throughout but lacked the final ball for most of the game. In the last minute, though, it was his run and cross that forced the Steven Caulker own goal that made it 3-2 to QPR.

Adam Lallana - 6/10

The midfielder showed good touches but was nowhere near good enough on the day to make an impact. Perhaps tiredness is a reason but it wasn't for Sterling, despite all the recent fuss...

Mario Balotelli - 2/10

This is getting ridiculous now. The Italian missed a gaping goal by thumping the ball over the bar and wasn't even looking at the free kick that led to Liverpool's first goal. Balotelli's form is a huge worry for Rodgers, who will want nothing more than his £16 million striker to start firing.

Substitutes

Joe Allen - 6.5/10

Came on after 66 minutes and, as he always does, kept things steady for the Reds.

Philippe Coutinho - 9/10

The game changer for Liverpool. Without Coutinho, this would have been a lucky draw at best for the visitors. What a performance after coming on at the same time as Allen, scoring a wonderful solo goal and providing an unreal pass in the build-up to the winning own goal. Is the Brazilian back to his best? It will certainly be a timely boost if so.

Kolo Toure also came on in the 96th minute.

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