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Liverpool player ratings v Swansea: Henderson and Lovren star, but Markovic and Lambert frustrate

Goals from Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren saw Liverpool stage a dramatic late comeback to beat Swansea 2-1 at Anfield and progress to the Capital One Cup's last eight.

Brad Jones 6/10 – A composed performance from the number two, who could do little about Marvin Emnes’s stunning 65th-minute opener.

Glen Johnson 6/10 – Was troubled somewhat by Nathan Dyer until the winger was substituted in the in 67th-minute, but did show some encouraging signs when getting forward.

Dejan Lovren 8/10 – A much improved outing from the £20 million Croatian, who didn’t put a foot wrong for 90 minutes, before scoring a dramatic late winner to send his side through.

Kolo Toure 6/10 – Lost Emnes for the Swansea goal but was otherwise decent enough, regardless of looking somewhat uncomfortable on the ball.

Javi Manquillo 7/10 –The Spanish loanee looked promising bombing forward, but was also just as solid in defence, despite coming up against a dangerous attacking threat in Jefferson Montero.

Jordan Henderson 8/10 – The stand-in captain on the night, he lived up to his role with a commanding performance, delivering pinpoint passes across the pitch and winning several decisive challenges.

Philippe Courtinho 7.5/10 – Was unfortunate not to get on the score sheet with a few notable attempts on goal, but did make the difference when he provided the assist on Lovren’s game-winner.

Lucas Leiva 7/10 – Making his first start since the previous round’s shootout win over Middlesbrough, the Brazilian was full of running and reliable in possession.

Rickie Lambert 5.5/10 – Held the ball up well, but didn’t offer the desired goal threat to suggest that he can be the main man up top in Sturridge’s absence.

Lazar Markovic 5.5/10 – Showed a few flashes of skill but drifted in and out of the game far too often for someone who arrived at Anfield to such fanfare.

Fabio Borini 7/10 – Made the most of his first-team chance, linking up well with Coutinho, before delivering a superb cross for his compatriot Balotelli to bag the 86th-minute equaliser.


Adam Lallana (Markovic 70) 7/10 – Made an obvious impact upon coming on, as he was central to most of Liverpool’s attacking efforts towards the latter stages of the match.

Mario Balotelli (Lambert 79) 7/10 – Can start to put a difficult run of games behind him after breaking his scoring drought with the crucial equaliser. It will be interesting to see whether Brendan Rodgers now gives him the start for the weekend’s trip to Newcastle.

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