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Stewart Downing played just the opening 20 minutes of the match before being substituted. There was nothing particularly wrong with his performance, but it quickly became apparent to manager Brendan Rodgers that there was a need for a more direct threat from that inside channel.
Downing had one or two chances while on the pitch but made way for Daniel Sturridge.
Centrally, Luis Suarez was Liverpool's hardest worker, was involved in the most chances and as always was the main go-to man in attack, but he also had one of his poorest games in terms of being on the ball.
Suarez left defenders for dead from time to time with his dribbles and control, but again, final passes, cut-backs or shots were lacking in accuracy or else badly selected. Suarez cut a frustrated figure, but this time much of his woes were of his own making, opting for another twist or turn when a quicker pass might have been the better option.
Liverpool's best attacking player was Philippe Coutinho, who started on the left, also figured on the right and ended up playing in a deeper central-attacking role.
His quality on the ball is unquestioned, and he made good use of the space afforded to him, but was also outmuscled by Diame and Guy Demel at times. Coutinho made frequent runs with the ball at his feet and tested Jaaskelainen on a few occasions but was ultimately unable to find that through pass this time around to fashion a clear chance on goal.
Stewart Downing: 6/10
Luis Suarez: 7/10
Philippe Coutinho: 8/10