Liverpool player ratings v Hull: Gerrard & Sterling do well, Balotelli goes missing again

Anfield Night

An improved performance from the Reds still saw them fail to score against Hull, as Brendan Rodgers' side settled for a point at Anfield.

Simon Mignolet - 6.5/10

Was not tested much but looked okay when he was needed. Defensively, there were no mess-ups from Liverpool today and boss Brendan Rodgers will be pleased by that.

Alberto Moreno - 6.5/10

Looked his usual self going forward, while at the same time holding his own at the back, but lacked the final ball today.

Martin Skrtel - 6/10

Looked shaky as usual but, as stated, there were no real mistakes from the Reds' defence on this occasion.

Dejan Lovren - 6/10

Like Skrtel, the £20 million man was okay but looked more of a hindrance than a help when he went up for set pieces.

Javier Manquillo - 7/10

A decent display from the right-back, especially considering his nightmare game against West Brom last time out. Hit a couple of wayward crosses but was a threat for the most part.

Joe Allen - 6/10

His value to the Anfield side is certainly there for all to see but Allen needed to be far more imposing today.

Emre Can - 6/10

Can hasn't got going yet for Rodgers' men and showed a few more risky touches today before being taken off in the second half.

Steven Gerrard - 7.5/10

A slow starter, the captain really kicked into life in the second half and almost single-handedly guided Liverpool to victory over the Tigers. Looks frustrated by the lack of quality surrounding him at times, though. His deliveries certainly deserved better today.

Raheem Sterling - 7.5/10

Another notable performer for Liverpool today, Sterling was his side's biggest creator. He found space, held off challenges and created chances. The 19-year-old may not be on the red-hot form he was last season but he isn't actually that far off. The only problem is that he doesn't have a Luis Suarez or Daniel Sturridge to work off or slot his chances away at the moment.

Adam Lallana - 6/10

Not his day today. Lallana tried his best and was not shy of effort but created a lot less than he did during a strong performance against West Brom in his last Premier League game.

Mario Balotelli - 3/10

Not as bad as against Queens Park Rangers, when he missed an open goal, but this was another wasteful Balotelli. The Italian wasted several good opportunities and didn't win enough challenges, often seen walking around and - you guessed it - sulking. Many feel he will come good but, week by week, more and more people are starting to give up hope with the striker.

Substitutes

Philippe Coutinho - 7/10

Only given half an hour, which is surprising considering how good he has been over the last week or so. That was no doubt a decision to preserve the Brazilian's fitness from Rodgers and the 22-year-old looked very bright indeed after coming on in the second half.

Rickie Lambert - 6.5/10

Also an effective substitute, as the Reds looked a different side after going two up top. A sharper, more match-fit Lambert would have shown a much better touch, however.

Jordan Henderson - 6/10

Was introduced late on and showed his usual energy, although he was booked for diving. The extended rest Henderson was given today, Liverpool fans will hope, should do him good in the coming weeks.

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