Stoke City vs. Liverpool: Live Player Ratings for the Reds

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 12, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Luis Suarez of Liverpool smiles during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on January 1, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday to take on Stoke City in fresh Premier League action.

It's a stadium they've performed poorly at in recent years, and after their last five visits have yielded no victories, the pressure is on to break their duck.

After Manchester UnitedEverton and Chelsea all picked up wins on Saturday, it becomes vital for the Reds to avoid a potential slip-up. With Luis Suarez and Co. in good form but not picking up results, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping more than one trend breaks.

Here we'll be grading the Reds players live, updating at both half-time and full-time. Stay tuned!

Liverpool XI
PlayerPositionH/T GradeF/T Grade
Simon MignoletGK66
Glen JohnsonRB65
Martin SkrtelCB56
Kolo ToureCB66
Aly CissokhoLB55
Lucas LeivaCM67
Steven GerrardCM67
Jordan HendersonCM66
Raheem SterlingWing88
Philippe CoutinhoWing55
Luis SuarezST79
Daniel SturridgeSTN/A8



Simon MignoletUnconvincing. Flapped at crosses, struggled with high balls. The two goals were not his fault, though.

Glen Johnson: Kept Marko Arnautovic largely in check, but let him loose for Stoke's first. Had a poor game overall, going forward especially.

Martin Skrtel: Played a very dangerous game, tugging shirts and bear-hugging attackers. Let Charlie Adam slip for the equaliser.

Kolo Toure: Got nowhere close to Peter Crouch for the opener. Far from dominant overall.

Aly Cissokho: Scored a very lucky, deflected effort and did little else. Not brilliant on the ball, teammates lack trust in him.

Lucas Leiva: A little anonymous; nothing good, nothing overly bad. At times was Liverpool's furthest midfielder forward (???).

Steven GerrardFar from his usual piercing self in midfield for the first 45', but found his range in the second. A bit of rust, perhaps.

Jordan Henderson: Not his usual (current) self, wasteful on the ball and lacking in energy.

Raheem Sterling: Killed Erik Pieters every time on his forays forward; Liverpool's best asset. Won a penalty, but that decision was very questionable.

Philippe Coutinho: Took up several strong positions, but wasted them all with some shocking finishing.

Luis Suarez: Worked hard, created chances and scored an opportunistic two goals. Another strong outing.

(Sub) Daniel Sturridge: Came on and grabbed a goal and an assist. The perfect return.


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