Liverpool 2-1 Southampton: Liverpool Player Ratings
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Simon Mignolet

A very strong performance by the Belgian. On the opening day of last season, he saved a penalty to preserve three points for the Reds. Against the Saints, he produced three fantastic saves to ensure the Reds take three points from Anfield against a side that threw up more scares than many had anticipated. He commanded his box better and claimed a number of corner-kicks. Ball distribution still needs improvements. 8/10

Javier Manquillo

A quite torrid and nervy start to his EPL debut. He warmed himself into the game, clearing balls, blocking crosses and helping in attack. Had a battle with Tadic which he emerged out of with credit. Played a role in the first Liverpool goal by tackling Tadic and helping rob him off the ball. 6/10

Martin Skrtel

The Slovak was solid in the first half, dominating aerially and helping neutralize the threat of Southampton’s Pelle. Performance dipped in the second. 5/10

Dejan Lovren

He was very solid throughout the match bar being undone by Tadic in the build-up to Southampton’s equalizer. He was very good in possession, passed and distributed the ball well and always looked to initiate attacks with his passing. He is clearly proving to be one of the most important if not the most important signing for the club this window. 8/10

Glen Johnson

Good going forward on a number of occasions but lacked urgency and invention. His play was also characterized by a number of sloppy and misplaced passes. 5/10

Steven Gerrard

A good but unspectacular performance. Passed the ball well and set up attacks from the deep with his long range passing especially in the first half. Faded a bit in terms of attacking threat in the second half but made up for that with a number of good defensive displays. 6/10

Jordan Henderson

He put in a tireless and brilliant performance. His Gerrard-esque assist will be the one fans focus on but his hard work and determination to win the ball and refuse to surrender possession to Schnerdelin was equally impressive.  Helped maintain the team’s league in the dying embers of the match with his tackling and ball retention. 8/10

Philippe Coutinho

A very quiet display by the Brazilian. He was denied space and time to be at his creative best. Showed glimpses of what he is capable of doing in the second half but was too little too late as he was withdrawn latter in the second half. 5/10

Raheem Sterling

For someone touted as one of the players to step up in the post-Suarez era, a goal and an assist in the first game sets him up well on that course. He worked hard throughout the game.  8/10

Daniel Sturridge

Showed good runs and passing in the early part of the first half but did not influence the game much in that half. He influenced the game a little more in the second half combining with Sterling and Coutinho. He showed good movement and invention to get the winning goal. 7/10

Lucas Lieva

He seemed to be shutting up the many critics who questioned his selection with a tidy first half display when his poor passing, immobility and errors showed up regularly in the second half. He was tidy in possession and tackling in the first half but very poor in the second. Whatever Rodgers was trying to do by selecting the Brazilian did not come off. No wonder the midfield of the team fared better when Joe Allen came on.  4/10

Joe Allen

His presence improved the midfield play of Liverpool. He was better in passing, pressing, mobility and forward movement than Lucas Leiva, whom he replaced. 6/10

Rickie Lambert

Perhaps his biggest contribution was momentum. His presence lifted the host who were chasing a winning goal at the time. He could have had that goal but the ball did not quiet arrive on his feet. Helped press the opposition as the team protected its lead.  5/10

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