Bournemouth 1 Liverpool 3: Player ratings as Raheem Sterling stars

Player ratings as Raheem Sterling inspires Liverpool into the semi-finals of the League Cup

By Dipak Patel


Artur Boruc Made an outstanding save from Lallana early in the game as he tipped his swerving effort over the bar. Made another decent save from the same player at his near post, but couldn’t do much about the goals. 5/10

Simon Francis Always a threat when going forward. Two of his cutbacks should have led to goals but were wasted by Wilson and Kermorgant. Appeared to play as a right-winger at times, but it left space in behind him which Liverpool exploited. 6

Tommy Elphick Had a nightmare. The second goal was his fault as he turned his back on goal after hearing a whistle from the crowd. Sterling turned him inside-out and he looked powerless to prevent him from scoring the third goal. 4

Baily Cargill Like his defensive partner, he struggled to cope with the movement of Liverpool’s attacking players. The high defensive line did not suit him and he couldn’t recover fast enough. 5

Adam Smith Effective in attacking positions and his through ball nearly allowed Gosling to score. But Sterling often drifted out wide giving the full-back so many problems and he just could not deal with him. 5

Matt Ritchie A hard-working performance as he played in an inside right position. Got an assist as his perfectly weighted pass allowed Gosling to score a consolation goal. 6

Dan Gosling Good night for the former Newcastle player and was also surprisingly a goal threat. Scored a good first goal as he took it past Skrtel and drilled the ball low into the net. Also hit the post with a curling effort. 7

Eunan O’Kane Not in the game at all and was completely dominated by Livepool’s midfielders. Ran around a lot but to little effect. Passing was wayward, and failed to protect the defence sufficiently. 5

Junior Stanislas Another player that was given his chance by Howe to impress, but failed to justify his selection. His subdued performance meant that he was withdrawn early in the second half. 5

Callum Wilson Guilty of missing good chances. The first one was down to his own hard work, as he nutmegged the first defender, and sold the second a dummy but he dragged his effort wide from inside the box. 5

Yann Kermorgant Has been in and out of the side this season, and he struggled to adapt to the tempo of the game. Had a glorious chance but blasted the ball over the bar from inside the penalty area. 5


Harry Arter Gave Bournemouth some energy in the middle of the park, but was brought on too late to really effect the game. 5

Ryan Fraser Very lively performance and will have impressed his manager. Showed great pace, and gave Bournemouth some impetus as he drove at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Nearly scored with a header. 6

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Brad Jones Should have done better with Gosling’s goal as it wasn’t in the bottom corner. His hands weren’t strong enough and he was also ponderous in possession making a hash of a few clearances. 5

Kolo Toure The defensive issues reared its ugly head again and despite the Ivorian’s committed performance, there were still far too many gaps in between the centre-halves. 6

Martin Skrtel Was turned too easily by Wilson, and was lucky the striker fired his shot wide. Gosling also went past Skrtel as if he wasn’t there for his goal and the Slovakian was largely at fault. 5

Dejan Lovren More assured than he has been in recent matches but still allowed Callum Wilson to turn him too easily. Was substituted at half-time because of a groin injury. 5

Jordan Henderson His clever header back across goal allowed Sterling to score the opener. He was everywhere, going from patrolling the midfield, to involving himself in Liverpool’s attacks. 6

Lucas Leiva Understood his role well and did the basics right. Didn’t over-elaborate with his passes and had a 90 per cent completion rate. 6

Steven Gerrard Still vulnerable defensively, but if you give him time and space, he will control the game which he did today. Had 93 touches in the game highlighting his influence. 7

Lazar Markovic One of the best games the Serbian has had although he faded in the second half. His raking pass played a prominent role in the opening goal. He scored the second with a fantastic first time finish. 8

Philippe Coutinho Linked well with Lallana and Sterling as they interchanged positions and passed it well between each other. Such a clever player when he is in the mood, and played a couple of brilliant reverse passes highlighting his quality. 7

Adam Lallana Bright game from the Englishman and might have given Rodgers some decisions to make ahead of the next game. Showed some neat touches and nearly scored a goal. 7

Raheem Sterling Excellent performance as he found his goal-scoring touch again. The first was a poacher’s goal latching on to a header. The second was down to his hard work, as he turned the defender, and placed the ball into the bottom corner. 8


Mamadou Sakho Played with resilience when he came on and made an outstanding tackle denying Wilson a shot at goal. 6

Emre Can N/A

Fabio Borini N/A

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