Player Ratings - Flickers of promise on a frustrating night for Klopp and Liverpool

Anfield Night

Jurgen Klopp's second match in charge of Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

There was an element of optimism ahead of Liverpool's clash with Rubin Kazan with Jurgen Klopp taking charge of his first home game as manager since replacing the sacked Brendan Rodgers, but the frustration was there for all to see on the face of the German as his side couldn't break down the Russian outfit.

Marko Devic opened the scoring for the visitors with a well-taken strike after the opening quarter of an hour after a bright start. 

Liverpool huffed and puffed and reduced the visitors to 10 men after Oleg Kuzmin was dismissed following a second bookable offence. Emre Can was on the wrong end of his second challenge and scored from close range following the resulting free-kick.

The second half saw a couple of chances for the Reds and more came about after the introduction of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, with the former hitting the post while the Reds forced a couple of saves from the visiting goalkeeper.

The Reds currently sit second in Group B having played half of their six games so far. 

Simon Mignolet - Couldn't do much about the first goal. Top class save to deny a second, otherwise a spectator - 6

Nathaniel Clyne - Looked as if he could be a threat going forward in this set-up. Arguably at fault for the goal but looks more comfortable in a back four - 6

Martin Skrtel - Still looks incredibly nervy and unsure, a lot like his poorer seasons with the club. Reluctant to take on opponents one on one at the moment. - 4

Mamadou Sakho - Another commanding performance from the Frenchman. Fast becoming Liverpool's leader during the bumpy patch - 7

Alberto Moreno - If he improves his final ball, which at times looked threatening he could prove to be effective. Looks more like a grafter than he previously did - 5

Joe Allen - Taken off at half time. Struggled to keep pace, lack of general match time can't have helped - 4

Emre Can - At times he did take the game by the scruff of the neck and showed a lot of desire in midfield role. Persistence got both equaliser and reduced Kazan down to 10. A lot to work on but promising - 8

James Milner - Pretty ordinary. The burden of captaining the side in Henderson's absence is probably affecting him, which isn't easy for a new arrival - 5

Adam Lallana - Probably among the most guilty of the Liverpool players, along with Coutinho, at being too narrow in their play. But still looked a threat - 6

Divock Origi - Worked hard then tired but he doesn't seem to have that instinct Liverpool would hope from the young Belgian in front of goal - 4

Philippe Coutinho - Looked busy but seems to be badly lacking form - 5

Lucas Leiva - Provided more of a presence than Allen, but not as effective when side are chasing the game - 5

Christian Benteke - Will feel he should've scored. Evident he is out of match practice but certainly had more of an impact on the game than his fellow countryman Origi. But goals is what he's ultimately judged on - 5

Roberto Firmino - Demanded the ball when he came on, looked like he could've unlocked the stubborn Russian rearguard if he had more time on the field. But a return from injury may have had an effect on that. Will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks - 6

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