Liverpool Player Ratings vs Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers was left fuming after Liverpool gifted a 2 goal lead and ended up drawing against Leicester City. Liverpool had Steven Gerrard back in the team and it was thanks to two penalties in the first half which were converted by the captain that gave Liverpool the lead. Leicester were the better team in the first half and were unlucky to have given away the first penalty when it was Mahrez who actually hit the post for the away team.Gerrard
Two goals in 80 second half seconds against a feeble Liverpool defence gave Leicester hope of taking away all the points from the game and while Liverpool tried to rally back, the game ended 2-2 and it was back to the drawing boards for Liverpool, who will feel like they had lost the game after leading the Premier League strugglers 2-0 at half time, here are the player ratings for the Reds.
Simon Mignolet: 6/10
Didn’t look entirely comfortable for the team but wasn’t at fault for either of the goals. Simon might be playing on borrowed time though and Rodgers should be looking to get a replacement in for the Liverpool goalkeeper.
Mamadou Sakho: 6/10
Was slow to react for the first goal Liverpool conceded as he did not track David Nugent, Sakho might look good while heading the ball away but he did have a couple of errors which gifted possession back to Leicester.
Kolo Toure: 7/10
The one Liverpool central defender who looked good despite getting injured early on. Kolo will be missed when he travels for the African Cup of Nations to be held later in the month.
Emre Can: 6/10
He looked decent as the third centre back but Can should be played more often in midfield, he did give the ball away a couple of times but he is young and still learning.
Jordan Henderson: 6/10
Was played as a right wing back at the start of the game and was really ineffective, he was better when he played in the middle like he did against Swansea. Henderson did put in the miles by running for the team but there really wasn’t any help in an attacking sense for Liverpool.
Alberto Moreno: 6/10
Looked a little lightweight against Leicester, Moreno was more of an attacking threat for Liverpool down the left unlike Henderson but there wasn’t anything brilliant from the young Spaniard.
Lucas Leiva: 6/10
Age might be catching up with Lucas as he and Gerrard were both reduced to bystanders in the game. Neither of them got the legs to get a hold of midfield and were often played out by Leicester.
Steven Gerrard: 5/10
Captain Fantastic was back in the squad but he looked tired and slow despite not playing the last game against Swansea. Gerrard didn’t provide much help in either third of the game and gave away a few needless fouls in the game. Liverpool definitely needs some fresh and fast legs in midfield.
Philippe Coutinho: 8/10
One of the rare bright notes from this Liverpool performance, Coutinho was the man who got the ball and did something with it. Suarez might have left but slowly the Brazilian is starting to fill the void left behind by the Uruguayan, he still needs to become more consistent but is moving the right way.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
Wasn’t at his best but he is doing a decent job by playing as the striker for Liverpool. Sterling did have a couple of good dribbles into the box but the end product was often missing from the Englishman.
Adam Lallana: 7/10
The third member of Liverpool’s attack, Lallana was again not at his best and was taken off early in the second half, he could have been carrying an injury but he didn’t perform to the same extent as he did against Swansea.
Fabio Borini: 5/10
It seems every time Borini comes on, it doesn’t go well for Liverpool. Borini didn’t really bring much into the attack and often ended up being the player who blocked shots against Liverpool, harming their attack.
Lazar Markovic: 5/10
Again, brought on in the second half, Markovic did have one good headed chance but he missed the target and summed up Liverpool’s performance this game and this season.
Rickie Lambert: NA
Came on late in the game but really didn’t have much time to do anything for the team.