Ranking Liverpool's Top 3 Players over the Busy Christmas Period

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Ranking Liverpool's Top 3 Players over the Busy Christmas Period
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Despite narrow defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea over the festive period, Liverpool can enter 2014 with their heads held high, knowing they more than matched their big-spending rivals.

Following impressive victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Cardiff City, Brendan Rodgers' men went on to taste defeat twice in the space of three days.

They did, however, bounce back in style, defeating Hull City 2-0 at Anfield in a performance described by Rodgers to Sky Sports as "Liverpool's best of the season."

After taking early leads in both encounters, the Reds left both the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge with nothing and were left to rue a number of questionable refereeing decisions that went against them.

Impressive team performances led to a number of standout individual displays.

A number of players displayed a level of maturity that they perhaps previously lacked and in turn went toe-to-toe with some of the most gifted players in the country.

While the likes of Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho—despite settling well into life on Merseyside—arguably did not cover themselves in glory, others proved that they had the stomach and the fight to perform well in big games.

The likes of Jon Flanagan, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen did their reputations no harm during their side's recent outings but fail to make the definitive list.

Read on to see who—in this writer's opinion—were Liverpool's three standout performers of the Christmas and New Year period.

 

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