Leicester 1 Liverpool 3: Player ratings as Steven Gerrard answers critics

Player ratings as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard answers his critics

By Dipak Patel

Leicester City

Kasper Schmeichel Not the best game for the Dane. His strange parry from a seemingly innocuous situation allowed Sterling to set up Henderson for the third goal. 5/10

Ritchie De Laet Came up against Sterling who regularly beat him for pace. His flank was identified by Liverpool to be the weaker one, and most of their attacks came from there. 5

Wes Morgan Very poor game. Never looked comfortable at the heart of the defence and his misery was confounded with a red card. He pulled down Lambert after his initial mistake, and effectively ended the Foxes’ hopes of taking anything from the game. 3

Marcin Wasilewski Won four aerial battles and made three successful tackles. Still wasn’t enough as Liverpool scored three goals. 6

Paul Konchesky Defensively he was terrible. He made no telling contributions going forward either and was substituted in the second half. 5

Jeff Schlupp His pace caused problems for Liverpool, particularly when Leicester looked to counter-attack early in the game, but as the space decreased, so did his influence. 6

Esteban Cambiasso The Argentine veteran showed his class at times, but should have scored after Mignolet’s poor back pass gave him a golden opportunity. Didn’t get enough curl on the shot as it hit the side netting. 6

Matty James Played some neat one-twos around the midfield area. Lacked quality when he had the ball in the final third. 5

Riyad Mahrez Incredibly gifted player that produces real moments of magic. Also a frustrating player that makes wrong decisions, and doesn’t do his defensive duties very well. 6

Jamie Vardy Energetic and industrious but doesn’t score enough goals for a striker. Had the chance to score but his effort was smothered by Mignolet. 5

Leonardo Ulloa Played a huge part in the equaliser but unfortunately for him it wasn’t enough. His shot cannoned off the post, hit Mignolet, and went in. 6

Substitutes

Marc Albrighton n/a

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet A game to forget for the Belgium as his uncertainty rubbed off on his defenders at times. Made one dreadful pass across his own box that nearly led to a goal. 5

Javier Manquillo Has not made that many starts in recent weeks and it showed. Was taken off at half-time for tactical reasons. 5

Kolo Toure Dropped too deep towards the end of the game as Leicester pressed for an unlikely equaliser. Did what he had to do and made plenty of vital clearances and tackles. 6

Martin Skrtel More assured performance than in recent times. Led the defensive line well and made one crucial block from a dangerous cross that could have led to a goal. 6

Glen Johnson His best performance of the season. Made some excellent recovery tackles, defended the back post really well making a few headed clearances. 7

Lucas Leiva Gave Gerrard the platform to move forward with his defensive discipline. Liverpool look a much more balanced team with the Brazilian in it and he helps the defence out with his fantastic positioning, and ability to sniff out danger. 7

Steven Gerrard (Man of the match) Rolled back the years as he played in a more advanced role. The pace may have diminished, but the tactical know-how hasn’t. Deserved his goal as he struck the winner with a composed finish into the bottom corner. 8

Jordan Henderson All-action performance from the former Sunderland player. Linked nicely with Gerrard and Leiva. Played a little further forward as the game entered the last 15 minutes and scored a goal from a counter-attack. 7

Adam Lallana Much more promising performance. His link play with the midfielders was good, and his play was rewarded with a well taken goal. It was a half-volley that beat the keeper at his near post. 7

Raheem Sterling His pace caused problems to De Laet all night. However, he seems to be lacking confidence in front of goal and had a few wayward shots in the game. 6

Rickie Lambert His knock down led to the opener and his persistence got Morgan sent off. Played a vital part in Liverpool’s win. 7

Substitutes

Alberto Moreno Reigned in his usual attacking ambitions and put in a solid shift at left-back. 6

Joe Allen n/a

Dejan Lovren n/a

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