Liverpool player ratings: No more Moreno, Kolo class

Date published: Wednesday 18th May 2016 10:18

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual Liverpool performances in their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla. Look away now, Alberto Moreno…

Simon Mignolet: Could hardly be faulted for any of the Sevilla goals, and but for his fine reaction save from Gameiro in the second half, it could have been worse. 7

Simon Mignolet Liverpool

Nathaniel Clyne: Exploited space to make plenty of lightning runs down the right in the first half but his influence waned and his poor clearance led directly to Sevilla’s second. 6

Dejan Lovren: Struggled against the pace of the Sevilla forward line as the game went on. Exposed by Ever Banega in the build-up to Coke’s goal which put the La Liga side ahead. 5

Kolo Toure: An excellent display at the back from the veteran, snubbing out any attacking threat from Sevilla in the first half, and continuing to keep his head as the game’s momentum changed. 8

Alberto Moreno: His fast forays forward disguised a negligent defensive performance, exposed seconds into the second half when his poor clearance then a dismal attempt at a tackle gave Sevilla their equaliser. As Jamie Carragher tweeted (and promptly deleted) in the final moments of the match: ‘Jurgen, transfer committee, anyone… sign a f***ing left-back.’ 3


James Milner: Played an integral part in Liverpool’s deep pressing performance in the first half, but made little impact after the break as the tide of the game changed. 6

Emre Can: Busy as tireless as ever, Can tried his best to link with Liverpool’s front men and could hardly be blamed for the way the game changed after the break. 7

Adam Lallana (off for Allen, 72): Started well as his side found space, but faded badly and had become a bit-part player in the game by the time Jurgen Klopp opted to end his misery. 5

Roberto Firminio (off for Origi, 69): Fleeting moments of magic in the first half – including a strong claim for a penalty – faded after the break forcing Klopp to make a more attacking change. 5

Roberto Firmino Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho: Played a key role in setting up Sturridge’s superb opener, but otherwise was almost entirely absent from the proceedings. 5

Daniel Sturridge: Emphatically vindicated his selection with his stunning 35th-minute opener. Craved chances all night long, but was given precious few openings by his team-mates. 8


Divock Origi (for Firmino, 69): As stranded as his strike partner as Liverpool wilted. 5

Joe Allen (for Lallana, 72): Liverpool had lost the battle for control of the midfield long before the Welshman’s introduction. 5


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