Liverpool player ratings v Newcastle: Allen & Henderson struggle in particular

Glen Johnson and captain Steven Gerrard were the only players to come out of the Reds' 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United with any real credit.

Simon Mignolet - 6/10

The Liverpool goalkeeper made a great save to stop Remy Cabella from putting Newcastle 2-0 up but was weak in all other areas throughout. Lacks confidence and a command of his penalty area.

Alberto Moreno - 6/10

This was a good performance from the left-back, with Brendan Rodgers clearly identifying him as an unorthodox playmaker from the left-hand side, meaning Liverpool actually operated with three at the back when he went forward. Sadly, though, his error led to the goal, dropping his rating to a six. He controlled the ball so casually in his own box - what on earth was he doing? Moreno is a fantastic player but that fatal flaw also cost the Reds at Manchester City earlier this season.

Dejan Lovren - 5.5/10

Another poor game for the Liverpool centre-back. It's the same thing week in, week out.

Martin Skrtel - 5.5/10

Speaking of week in, week out, Lovren's partner in the middle of defence is looking shakier and shakier every week.

Glen Johnson - 6.5/10

The only Reds defender to leave St James' Park with any real credit, which is testament to his performance considering how much he is criticised at Anfield. One standout moment in particular was a goal-line headed clearance from a set-piece.

Jordan Henderson - 5/10

Running endlessly is a real quality to have - but not when it is aimless running. Henderson looked unsure on the ball today, ran (endlessly) without any direction and gave the ball away countless times.

Joe Allen - 5/10

Allen also struggled in midfield. For a man whose job it is to control the game as a playmaker, this performance made his job description seem more like mere buzzwords. Allen offered, quite literally, nothing to his side - except for one challenge on Moussa Sissoko he made in the box early on.

Steven Gerrard - 6.5/10

Described as 'the best player on the park' by academy midfielder Jordan Williams, Gerrard showed his value to this dire Liverpool side, playing superb long-range passes across the pitch and setting Phillipe Coutinho up for the Reds' best chance of the game with a pinpoint cross. The skipper did also give the ball away quite often, though.

Philippe Coutinho - 6/10

Did not produce a bad performance but just could not get very involved due to a real lack of understanding and energy in Liverpool's final third. Had a header denied by a fantastic save from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul after the break.

Raheem Sterling - 6/10

At this moment in time, Rodgers looks as though he is deliberately trying to stifle 19-year-old Sterling. Why else would he be playing him so far wide that he can't actually influence the game?

Mario Balotelli - 6/10

A very poor first half from the Italian indeed but he started to finally move off the ball in the second half, movement off the back of which Liverpool fashioned several chances. It is that simple but Balotelli is making it look very, very difficult.


Fabio Borini - 6/10

Came on for Allen after 66 minutes and his only shot of note was dragged wide.

Rickie Lambert was also introduced with 10 minutes left and made virtually no impact.

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