Player Ratings: Who stood out as Liverpool beat Manchester City?

Anfield Night

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool got some sort of revenge for their League Cup final defeat to Manchester City by putting a significant dent in their title challenge with a 3-0 win over their opponents at Anfield.

The Reds started brightly but it wasn't until after the half hour mark where they started to find the net. Adam Lallana struck from distance before he combined with Roberto Firmino to set up James Milner to score against his former club - and double Liverpool's lead before the interval.

The Anfield crowd expressed their delight at former player Raheem Sterling being substituted at half-time, and the home side continued in much the same vein in the second half by playing on the front foot, culminating in Firmino adding a third for the Reds as they looked to prove a point against a City side that didn't really seem at the races.

The result moves Liverpool to within six points of the top four, as they currently sit in eighth place. Though some will have written their chances off several weeks ago, there appears to be an outside chance for Liverpool, with 11 of their league games remaining. 

Here's how their side rated this evening on first viewing: 

Simon Mignolet - Had nearly nothing to do. In fact, make that nothing - N/A

Jon Flanagan - Crowd pleasing challenges on Raheem Sterling, crucial challenge towards the end of the first half. Rusty in some aspects and could do with some regular games - 6

Kolo Toure - Read the game well, put Aguero on his backside in danger moment. Good performance - 7

Dejan Lovren - Good return to the side for him. Composed, dealt with what was in front of him, will be hoping for a run in the side - 6

Nathaniel Clyne - As solid on the left as he usually is on the right. Hard to fault - 6

Jordan Henderson - A decent performance from the Liverpool captain, looks a little sharper and had a point to prove. Did very well in the build-up to third goal - 7

Emre Can - One of his best performances of late. Used his presence to great effect as he won nearly every battle in front of him - 8

James Milner - Well taken goal, goal line clearance at end of first half ensured the Reds maintained two-goal cushion, a constant nuisance - 8

Adam Lallana - Created openings, used the ball well, scores first goal, creates the opening for the second and has a big say for the third. Can only be a maximum score on the back of that - 10

Roberto Firmino - An odd game for Firmino, I thought. Classy final ball for Milner's goal, and took his own quite well but you feel he can do better, especially with one or two of his touches. If there's more to come on the back of this then there's an exciting player on Liverpool's hands - 7

Divock Origi - Despite not really getting a shot on goal, he stretched City's defence well, gave other members of the team scraps to feed off and led the line really well. His teammates seemed to appreciate his efforts when he was substituted - 6

Substitutes: 

Christian BentekeImpressive that he threw himself into every battle when he came on, his work ethic is certainly there and tried to carry on from where Origi left off - 6

Joe AllenNearly scores on a volley, busy and needly. A decent cameo - 6

Jordon IbeWasn't on for long enough to make a difference - N/A

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