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An injury hampered his chances of having a real impact in his first competitive game back, but Cole has worked hard during the friendlies and is clearly ready to fight for his place.
The same issues remain on the pitch though—stamina, the pressing game and Joe Cole just don’t seem to mix well. He loses his positional sense too easily when trying hard to press defenders, though his effort is commendable.
On the ball, the Reds need more from him to really see him as a first choice option.
7/10 – He’s done alright, but nothing spectacular. He's ikely to stay and be a sub for now.
He only played a few minutes in the tour friendlies, but was in the starting line-up for the Gomel first leg.
Downing needs to have a far better campaign than the last one, but has begun it in the best possible way, scoring the winning goal against Liverpool's Europa League opponents.
He can be a real threat for the Reds playing from the right hand side. He might not turn out to be the regular starter that he would hope to be, but he provides a different option in the squad, playing as an out and out winger on the left or cutting in from the right.
8/10 - It's hard to grade him after such a short spell on the pitch, but he had a good impact. Keeping it up will be the difficult.
The young flyer has been a big part of preseason for Liverpool, partly because of numbers available in the final third but also, one would like to think, because Brendan Rodgers is using the chance to see what he can actually do against senior players on a regular basis.
Wise, if so, before the season starts.
Sterling has been hit and miss in the summer. Obviously the pace is there but the ball control hasn't quite been what supporters have come to expect. A few flashes of brilliance here and there though hint at what could be a great season for him.
7/10 - What Liverpool and Rodgers must take from Sterling's preseason is that he can be effective from the left. He is not, however, a right winger.
Ibe played just 45 minutes in Liverpool's first game but looked a handful.
A fit, fast and direct player on the right side of attack, he was unafraid to run with the ball and created some good opportunities for the team.
Knowing when to release the ball is obviously an issue with such a young attacking player, but that will come with time.
7/10 - Given his limited spell on the pitch, Ibe can nevertheless be justifiably proud with his play.