Besiktas 1 Liverpool 0: Player ratings as Dejan Lovren misses vital penalty

Player ratings as Liverpool crash out of the Europa League following a 5-4 penalty defeat

By Jens Raitanen

Besiktas

Cenk Gönen Did well to save Sterling and Sturridge’s efforts in the first-half as he kept his side in the game. 7

Daniel Opare Great going forward as he threatened the Liverpool defence with his long runs into the opposition half. His defending was solid and he dealt well with any Liverpool threat. 8

Pedro Franco Gave the ball away on a few occasions but dealt well with any Liverpool threat into the box. He was hardly troubled after the first half. 7

Necip Uysal Struggled at times to deal with the pace of Liverpool’s forward line, but he nearly gave his side the lead in the first-half when he forced Mignolet into a save. 6

Serdar Kurtulus Conceded possession occasionally in the first half with sloppy passing and struggled to cope with Sterling’s pace at times. He gradually improved and looked more comfortable as the game went on. 7

Atiba Hutchinson Gave the ball away on a number of occasions and his error nearly gave Liverpool the lead in the first-half. However, it was an improved performance after the break and he defended the back four well from then on. 7

Veli Kavlak Did well as his side’s holding midfielder with some crucial interceptions despite a few bad challenges. 7

Gökhan Töre (man of the match) Lacklustre first-half where he had sloppy ball control and conceded possession in key attacking areas. However, it was a much-improved performance after the break as he threatened down the left and centre of the pitch. It was his pass that led to the opening goal and he was the best player on the pitch after the first-half. 9

Jose Sosa Quiet game from the playmaker who usually sets the tone for his side and that is probably why he was substituted midway through the second half. 6

Olcay Sahan Good performance from the midfielder as he threatened down on the left on several occasions. He presence down the flank caused Moreno to panic at times. 8

Demba Ba His pass led to the opening goal of the game and from then on, he was constantly causing the Liverpool defence trouble. He should have scored the winning goal in injury time when he hit the bar. 7

Substitutes

Tolgay Arslan Scored the all-important opening goal with a stunning left-footed strike to make it level on aggregate. He was a constant threat from the moment he came off the bench with his trickery and speed. 8

Kerim Frei Came on for the second-half of extra-time but hardly had time to have an affect on the game. 6

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Dealt well with any shots he faced and he wasn’t at fault for the goal, which was out of his reach. 6

Kolo Toure Covered his space well in the centre of defence, but Ba and Töre constantly troubled him down the right in the second-half. He allowed Töre to get away from him when he set up the opening goal. 6

Martin Skrtel Hardly troubled during the match until Besiktas scored. Skrtel should have closed down Töre who made the crucial pass that led to the opening goal. 6

Dejan Lovren He failed to pick up Arslan when he scored the opening goal and he never looked comfortable in the centre of defence. He also missed the crucial penalty that sent Liverpool out of the competition. 4

Alberto Moreno Nearly set up the first goal of the game when his run down the left led to a pass to Sterling, who forced Gönen into a save. However, he struggled to deal with Sahan in the second half. 6

Emre Can Solid performance in his natural midfield position as he robbed the opposition of the ball on a few occasions. However, he found it much more difficult to cope once Besiktas gained momentum from their opening goal. 7

Joe Allen Average performance from the Welshman. He never really got into the game and was often overrun in midfield. 5

Raheem Sterling He threatened down the flanks in the first half and had a great chance to put Liverpool in the lead but he was almost invisible after the break and nearly gave a penalty away when the ball hit his arm in the box. 6

Jordon Ibe Quiet game from the man who made the difference in the first leg. He was substituted in the second half to allow a more defensive Manquillo to come on. 6

Daniel Sturridge He clearly still lacks match fitness, hence why he was substituted. He was a constant threat in the first half and he had the best chance in the game. However, he hardly saw the ball after the break and was left isolated up front. 6

Mario Balotelli Picked up an early yellow card but he was always a threat going forward and he forced Besiktas to constantly foul him in the first half. He grew frustrated after the break and was substituted. 6

Substitutes

Javi Manquillo Brought on to provide more defensive cover for Liverpool on the wing. He didn’t see much of the ball as his side were under pressure in the second half. 6

Adam Lallana He hardly saw any of the ball when going forward and it sometimes seemed as if he wasn’t on the pitch. His only impact was his well-taken penalty in the shoot-out. 6

Rickie Lambert He didn’t have much time to have affect the game and was not helped with Liverpool’s lack of attacking in extra-time. 6

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