Liverpool player ratings against Bordeaux

Anfield Night

Liverpool secured their passage to the knock-out stages of the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux at Anfield on Thursday evening.

Liverpool made it five wins from six in all competitions as they secured their passage to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, and went top of Group B in the process as they came from behind to beat Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield.

It wasn't exactly the swashbuckling display that saw the Reds thrash Manchester City last weekend, but it was enough to get the job done.

Manager Jurgen Klopp made four changes as he freshened things up a little ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea City.

It didn't go too smoothly as the Reds started a little slowly on a wet and greasy night on Merseyside, which saw the Ligue 1 side take the lead from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet held on to the ball for over 20 seconds - which Henri Saivet despatched gratefully after 33 minutes. 

The lead was short-lived as five minutes later James Milner levelled from the penalty spot when Christian Benteke was judged to have been hauled down in the penalty area.

Benteke got on the scoresheet himself with the last kick of the half as his delightful touch and finish ultimately proved to be the winner - although he had two others disallowed, one of them perhaps harshly.

Liverpool will be glad to have kept up the momentum, but it was more of a win they had to dig out, and here is how the players rated as the Reds secured their passage to the last 32 of the competition:

Simon Mignolet - He's probably still holding on to the ball now, made a solid save towards the end. On his kicking, he still puts his defenders under pressure with how he plays out - 4

Nathaniel Clyne - Did nothing wrong, Bordeaux didn't get the better of him, good persistence and delivery for Benteke winner - 7

Kolo Toure - Composed for Kolo (not every day you read that), even got forward and had a shot, which was a great laugh - 7

Dejan Lovren - Like the rest a little 'hungover' from City but got better as game went on - 6

Alberto Moreno - Can't half scream when he's kicked from behind. Looked a threat going forward but familiar when it comes to final ball - 6

Lucas Leiva - Seemed to struggle early on, nutmegged a fella in his own area. Picked up customary booking - 6

Joe Allen - Struggled with their pace a little but battled well and grew into the game. Created a couple of chances before withdrawal. Being saved for Sunday - 6

James Milner - Takes a good penalty, workmanlike performance again. Played pretty much every role across the midfield - 7

Roberto Firmino - Quiet game compared to his wonderful performance against Manchester City. Still managed to show flashes of quality and pop up in spaces others can't though - 7

Jordon Ibe - Looked bright and better and when he switched to the right side. More good minutes under his belt - 7

Christian Benteke - Touch for the goal was utterly delightful, looked a nuisance if not spectacular. Should've had another goal at least. A good, solid contribution - 7

Substitutes

Emre Can - Came on for Allen and Liverpool's midfield seemed to lose its guile. Game passed the German by - 5.

Adam Lallana - Didn't do anything of note - N/A

Divock Origi - Nice to know he's still knocking around the place and Klopp is keen to give him some minutes. A reminder he is yet again the striking cover - N/A

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