Liverpool player ratings v Ludogorets: Sterling the star man, while Mignolet flops

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Liverpool were on the verge of a much-needed Champions League win against Ludogorets after goals from Rickie Lambert and Jordan Henderson, but a late equaliser forced the visitors to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Simon Mignolet 4/10 – Spilled Fabio Espinho’s shot after just three minutes for Dani Abalo to capitalise with the opener. Awful on crosses and did not inspire confidence.

Javi Manquillo 6/10 – Great going forward once again but still needs to be told when to get back. He should learn in due time, though.

Martin Skrtl 7/10 – Dominant in the air and improved as the match wore on the shore up the holes in the defence.

Kolo Toure 6.5/10 – A poor clearance for the first goal but provided a strong presence from then on.

Glen Johnson 6/10 – One of his better performances of the season, both in attack and defence, but left Georgi Terziev in space to score the late equaliser.

Lucas 7/10 – Provided some much-needed steel in midfield in his first game in three weeks, and delivered a few nice long balls into the final third. Perhaps he should be given more chances?

Joe Allen 5.5/10 – Passed well in the centre, as usual, but offered few moments of note. Needs to be more adventurous to help his team.

Jordan Henderson 7/10 – An industrious performance, showing some excellent movement to give Liverpool the lead on 37 minutes. Looks to be finding his form again.

Steven Gerrard 7/10 – Performed much better in an advanced role, where his passing game offered more impact than in recent weeks. Still won’t be enough to silence the recent critics, though.

Raheem Sterling 7.5/10 – A constant threat to the home side’s defence, assisting the second with a well-placed cross. Was made to rue a missed chance late on, however, which could have sealed three points.

Rickie Lambert 7/10 – Grabbed his first Champions League goal to level the match in the eighth-minute with an opportunistic header. Also made a decisive pass in the run-up to Henderson’s goal but did not contribute much else. Still, offered more than Mario Balotelli has.


Alberto Moreno (Sterling 82) N/A

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