Liverpool ratings: Mignolet and Lucas the pick of a poor display

Date published: Friday 29th April 2016 7:33

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TEAMtalk rates and slates the players’ performances following Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final first-leg defeat to Villarreal on Thursday night.

The Reds went down to Adrian Lopez’s stoppage time strike to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side facing an uphill battle in the second leg at Anfield next week.

Here, we review how the players performed in El Madrigal – and found a side desperately short on star men.

Simon Mignolet: Saved well from Tomas Pina in the first half but had little to trouble him until a good late save from Cedric Bakambu. 7

Nathaniel Clyne: Attacked well down the right but final ball let him down. 6

Kolo Toure: Another solid, no-nonsense performance from the Ivorian, right up until he allowed Denis Suarez to go past him for the goal. 6

Dejan Lovren: Did well to keep Bakambu under wraps for much of the game. 6

Alberto Moreno: Often left too much space behind him but that was partly because he was trying to offer an option going forward. Tightened up after the break. 6

James Milner: Put in plenty of leg work and improved after the break after a number of aimless first-half crosses. 5

Lucas Leiva: Usual reliable holding job in front of the two central defenders. 7

Joe Allen: Should have scored with Liverpool’s first chance of the night but did not let that affect him and worked hard with and without the ball. 7

Adam Lallana: Flitted in and out the game but never really used the possession he had to do much damage. 5

Philippe Coutinho: Struggled to properly get into the game and was replaced at half-time due to illness. 5

Roberto Firmino: Energetic with a lot of pressing early on but struggled with ball retention and passing and faded apart from a shot tipped onto a post. 5


Jordon Ibe (on for Coutinho, 46): Brought on out of necessity rather than design and could not offer much penetration wide on the left. 4

Christian Benteke (on for Firmino, 90): No time to make an impact. 6

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