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Three rather oft-maligned senior players were handed a start for Liverpool by Brendan Rodgers, arguably in their best positions so that they could have no excuses for not playing well.
Jordan Henderson had a very steady game, distributing the ball well, showing good energy through the centre of midfield and getting into decent positions in the penalty box. A criticism of his performance would be his lack of composure (or confidence?) in front of goal; a wasted chance to score in the first half was compounded by two poor, skied efforts in the second.
He attempted the most passes on the team (75), completing 84 percent of them.
Joe Cole certainly stepped up his game since the disappointment of the League Cup fixture against Swansea City, but still failed to really have a big impact on the Reds' performance.
Cole showed good movement, tried to link up with Morgan but ultimately was not the creative spark that Liverpool needed.
The undoubted star of the trio, and indeed Liverpool's Man of the Match, was Stewart Downing.
He was deployed as a left wing-back and the role perfectly suited him; he had space to attack in front of him and he made use of the fact, driving down the wing and delivering a few crosses in the second half when the Reds got bodies into the box.
Downing also fulfilled his defensive duties, tracking back well and making more than one interception in his own penalty area.
Playing as a wing-back is definitely a role where he can offer something to Liverpool, and he had the biggest impact out of the players who are currently outside the first-team setup.