Player ratings: Impressive Liverpool batter Rubin Kazan, but will want more goals

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Liverpool consolidated their position in second place in Group B of the Europa League with a 1-0 over Rubin Kazan in Russia.

Liverpool kept their unbeaten run going under Jurgen Klopp with a 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

It means the Reds are second in Group B - two points behind leaders Sion, and three points ahead of their next opponents Bordeaux with two games remaining. 

Jordon Ibe's first senior goal for the club was enough to give the Reds all three points when in reality it should have been more as James Milner hit the bar in the early stages, with the visitors getting a shot away on 23 occasions but only hitting the target six times.

The main thing for Klopp is that his side got the win on a really poor surface, and have now won three in a row and have a degree of momentum behind them as his job to make the Reds more competitive continues.

As well as room for improvement in the final third, the defensive unit looked pretty solid on a pleasing night.

Here is how the Reds rated: 

Simon Mignolet - Did he have anything to do? There was a time he was the only person in the Liverpool half, and he had possession. Shows you how one sided the game was. I'll let everyone reading this judge whether he deserves a rating or not.

Nathaniel Clyne - Solid, covered well whenever there was a gap and probably has the best final ball in the team at the moment - 7

Dejan Lovren - Broke up a threatening counter-attack, nearly scored soon after. He picked up a yellow card which highlights that rashness in his play which can leave Liverpool fans on edge, but he can be pleased with his night's work - 7

Mamadou Sakho - Won everything, good on the ball, and didn't let anything past him. Near faultless - 9

Alberto Moreno - Didn't do anything wrong defensively, going forward he needs to improve his final ball, and be taken off the set pieces - 7.

Joe Allen - Clearly a man trying to impress. The pitch was hardly made for his game of keeping hold of possession and finding a teammate but adapted in time, and pressed a lot. Got a nice headlock from Klopp at the end, so the manager seemed happy - 7

James Milner - Looked busy, lacking a bit of form but his intelligence does provide something even in those moments. Hit the bar early on, still searching for form but put in a shift - 6

Emre Can - Looked okay in a more disciplined role. Should have had a penalty given his way, will probably feel he could have had a goal as well, but his effort in the second half was saved - 6

Jordon Ibe - Wonderfully taken goal. Seems a different player under Klopp, may have been the help of the manager's glasses! Still a couple of naive parts of his game but his development certainly seems to be on an upward trajectory. Earned his manager hug - 8

Roberto Firmino - Showed some nice touches and seems to enjoy having a natural forward ahead of him. When he finds his scoring touch he could be formidable to face. Lovely weighted pass to set up Ibe for the goal - 8

Christian Benteke - Still looks a little rusty on his first start back for the club, and is trying to develop an understanding with others around him. The second half, when Liverpool had a three on three, was a classic example. Seemed very frustrated with his performance at times but still holds play up well - 6

Subs:

Adam Lallana - Seemed to adopt a more central role when he came on and looked pretty good for it. Held the ball well, found space, set up a chance for Ibe. Defenders didn't like facing him, looked useful - 6

Lucas Leiva - A substitution to calm the game down when Kazan were trying to build up something resembling a head of steam. Did that but not on long enough for a rating - N/A

Martin Skrtel - Brought on to waste time - N/A

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