Liverpool player ratings v Chelsea - Lovren, Johnson and Gerrard struggle

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool slipped to another defeat this afternoon, but how did Brendan Rodgers' side fare in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea?

Simon Mignolet 5 - could've dealt with the second goal better, but made some decent saves - yet many people will remember his comical goal kick in the final seconds to end the game.

Glen Johnson 5 - horrendously out of position for the winning goal and too ponderous and profligate in possession.

Martin Skrtel 6 - his battle with Diego Costa from the Spain-Slovakia game continued today, and he fought well but looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet at times.

Dejan Lovren 5 - poor performances continue for Lovren, with his positioning remaining an issue in defence. Kolo Toure deserves a start after his display against Real Madrid.

Alberto Moreno 6 - supported the attack well but completely lost his man from the corner in the first goal and couldn't clear the danger from the winner.

Steven Gerrard 5 - unlucky to miss out on a late penalty, but it's clear that he's a spent force. Can't get around the pitch as much anymore and his passing is eroding.

Emre Can 7 - opened the scoring with a deflected shot, and was energetic throughout, contributing in attack and defence in a promising display.

Jordan Henderson 5 - usually a key part of the Liverpool midfield, Henderson struggled to really get involved in the game, mostly passing the ball backwards rather than forward.

Philippe Coutinho 7 - impressed in the first half with direct running, skills and dangerous play in the final third, but is often caught out defensively - as he did with the winning goal.

Raheem Sterling 6 - was bright and tried to get involved but looked a little uncomfortable out wide, preferring to cut inside rather than take players on - may be better behind the strikers.

Mario Balotelli 6 - still completely maddening. One second he will make a great run or hold the ball up, the next he will misplace a five yard pass or give possession away with a needless flick. Has played worse, but still not offering enough.

Subs:

Joe Allen 6 - was only on the pitch for 20 minutes, but didn't get on the ball enough.

Fabio Borini 6 - had a couple of encouraging runs but couldn't get Liverpool back into the game.

Rickie Lambert 5 - thrown on as an impact player, Lambert touched the ball only six times in an ineffectual display.

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