Liverpool player ratings v Stoke: Mignolet & Sterling impress but Lucas is a mystery

Simon Mignolet

How the Reds rated after a tense 1-0 win over the Potters at Anfield...

Simon Mignolet - 7.5/10

The Belgian still looked shaky on the ball and in the air and will be exposed against better attacking forces. Mignolet, however, also produced several astonishing reflex saves. Without him, this would never have been a clean sheet for Liverpool.

Jose Enrique - 6/10

Many fans are questioning why Alberto Moreno continues to be left out by Brendan Rodgers and the only possible explanation is that the Liverpool boss does not trust Moreno in the penalty area. Enrique filled in for the left-back here without shining but without doing too much wrong at the same time.

Kolo Toure - 8/10

A rock at the back - one that will be kept in the starting line-up ahead of Dejan Lovren if Rodgers' side are to stand any chance of keeping more clean sheets.

Martin Skrtel - 6.5/10

The Slovakian was not as impressive as Toure but played his part as the Reds generally defended well as a unit.

Glen Johnson - 6/10

The right-back was largely terrible defensively! But the Liverpool man did look a different player in the second half, getting forward well and showing amazing courage to dive in and risk serious injury to score the winning goal. Before the break, Johnson was a 3/10, afterwards he was a 7.

Joe Allen - 7/10

Playing both Lucas and Allen in midfield is a recipe for a 0-0 draw and, although Allen played well throughout, Rodgers still needs more going forward from his central midfielder.

Lucas Leiva - 6/10

Many Liverpool supporters have praised the Brazilian for his performance and, overall, that seems a fair reflection. Crucially, however, Lucas could very well have cost the Reds all three points at Anfield. When it mattered most, he simply let Bojan Krkic slip by him and hit the post (what if he had scored?) Then, Liverpool's best chance of the match (until he came off) fell to the midfielder and he produced an awful finish. So, while he may deserve praise, Lucas can't get more than a 6 here because his two biggest contributions were bad ones.

Jordan Henderson - 6.5/10

Lacked a final product in front of goal but provided his usual energy and it's fair to say Liverpool could not have worked anywhere near as hard together without Henderson's driving force during the second 45.

Philippe Coutinho - 6/10

Looked very tricky for defenders to deal with but was ultimately outmuscled all too often by the likes of Ryan Shawcross.

Raheem Sterling - 8/10

Shone at Anfield, causing several problems for the Stoke back line. The Reds need to see more of the same from the 19-year-old but need to somehow keep the pressure on him to a minimum as the youngster still looks vulnerable to bouts of low confidence. Ideally, Sterling's team-mates will step up to the plate in due course.

Rickie Lambert - 7/10

Was often out of position and, in the first half, isolated, being on a completely different wavelength to the Liverpool midfielders and wingers. Lambert was always a threat, however, and always provided an outlet. It was his header that ricocheted off the bar for Johnson to poke home late on.

Substitutes

Steven Gerrard - 6.5/10

Gerrard linked up very well with the Reds' front line after coming on and Rodgers' side looked a significantly greater threat with the 34-year-old skipper on-field. Less game time but in a more attacking position looks like Gerrard's future.

Dejan Lovren was also introduced with minutes left to help Liverpool hold onto their lead after Johnson's goal. A risky move... but the Croatian didn't manage to make any costly errors during his brief cameo.

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