Rating Liverpool's summer signings - Mignolet and Toure among top performers

Brendan Rodgers made some superb squad additions to his team last summer at Liverpool.

Liverpool have been one of the pace setters in the Premier League for most of this season.

Brendan Rodgers made close to a dozen signings as he stated he wanted to prevent a slow start, similar to what the side experienced last season.

The investments the club made in backing him have turned out to be successes because the Reds currently sit second in the table, just two points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Here are our ratings for Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses, Aly Cissokho, Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure.

Mamadou Sakho – B+

The Frenchman took a little time to settle in after looking shaky during his opening performances.

He’s since turned himself into one of the more reliable and important defenders for the club with eight starts across the Premier League and League Cup.

Tiago Ilori – D

The Portuguese defender hasn’t featured for the first team yet with two appearances in the under-21 Premier League.

His rating is no fault of his own as the rumours grow over a possible loan deal over the second half of the Premier League season.

Victor Moses – B

Moses has featured in eight games for Liverpool, scoring one goal while on loan from Chelsea.

He’s looked useful and his lack of goals and assists can put down to the fact he’s been used in several different positions.

Aly Cissokho – B

Cissokho has only recently started getting his teeth into first team action at Liverpool. He’s made six appearances for the club this season with one assist.

He’s looked great since he joined on loan from Valencia as an able deputy to Jose Enrique whether he’s playing as a straight up left-back or whether he’s pushed further forward into a midfield role.

Simon Mignolet – A

The Belgian goalkeeper has been an important part of this Liverpool side.

He had a blinder on his debut for the club and has been consistent throughout the season, becoming the undoubted number one at the club.

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Iago Aspas – C

Aspas was used frequently at the start of the season by Brendan Rodgers but has since slipped out of the side.

He seemed to struggle with the pace and physical nature of Premier League football but his technique as a footballer is superb and he should feature over the second half of the season.

Luis Alberto – D

Another rating where it’s not really the fault of the player.

Alberto has showed glimpses of potential with several sub appearances for the Liverpool first team but he’s played well in the under-21 side grabbing goals at a rate greater than a goal per game.

Kolo Toure – A

Toure has been brilliant since Liverpool picked him up as a free agent after he left Manchester City.

He’s made 11 appearances for the club in all competitions and has looked like a very calm and composed player whenever he has been asked to fill in along the back four by Rodgers.

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