Liverpool 3 Tottenham 2: Player ratings as Jordon Ibe stars

Jordon Ibe impresses as Liverpool leave it late to beat Tottenham

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet A much-improved performance from his displays earlier this season, the highlight of which was a fine, full-stretch stop from a rasping Lamela effort. He was also assured under the high ball, but was lucky not to concede a penalty after coming out and bringing down Kane under no danger. 7/10

Martin Skrtel A solid enough performance from the Slovakia international. 6

Mamadou Sakho A little to blame for the first goal but otherwise strong and committed. 7

Emre Can After Brendan Rodgers described his performance against Chelsea as “Rolls Royce”, another fine display – first in defence, then, after Lovren came on in the second half, making some marauding from midfield. 8

Jordon Ibe (man of the match) Like his debut, showed an impressive amount of ambition, running at players and creating chances, such as the back heel chance for Sturridge. Testament to his impact, Spurs sometimes doubled up on him towards the end, as with the third goal. 8

Steven Gerrard Good distribution and took his penalty very well, going the other side to the spot-kick he converted against Hugo Lloris earlier in the season. Unlucky to be adjudged to have fouled Kane and be carded for the free-kick which led to the goal. 7

Jordan Henderson Slightly at fault for the first goal, but otherwise worked hard. 6

Alberto Moreno Was industrious down the left, if not as threatening as Ibe on the other flank. 7

Lazar Markovic Always harrying the Tottenham defenders and sniffing out opportunities, much like another Anfield favourite, Dirk Kuyt. 7

Philippe Coutinho A little bit wasteful in the first half, but found his feet in the second slipping in a few brilliantly weighted passes in behind the defence. 6

Daniel Sturridge Certainly hasn’t lost any of his confidence in his long spell on the sidelines, as he was happy to go toe-to-toe with Dier in a foot race, attempted an impudent back heel which hit the post and wove his way few a couple of defenders to earn the penalty. 8

Substitutes

Dejan Lovren Shored things up well after he came on for the last 20 minutes. 7

Mario Balotelli Decent finish for the winner. 7

Adam Lallana Lively after coming on, including setting up Balotelli’s goal with a good, driven ball. 7

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Unusually human – should have got a stronger hand to the first goal and flapped at a cross just a few minutes after. But could not really be faulted for the other two goals. 5

Kyle Walker Not really at fault for any of the goals – the latter two coming from down the other wing – and made some decent inroads into the Liverpool half. 6

Eric Dier Saw Sturridge get the wrong the side of him on a couple of occasions, but showed good pace to get back and make good challenges – though one could have been judged a penalty on another day. 6

Jan Vertonghen Despite Liverpool scoring three, this was far from an awful performance (testimony to the quality of the attacking play). But his momentum was, like Dier’s, going the wrong way for the third goal. 5

Danny Rose Struggled against Ibe at left-back. Not a huge criticism given the quality of Ibe’s performance, but it meant Spurs doubled up on the teenager on occasions, leaving Lallana free to provide the ball for the third goal. 5

Nabil Bentaleb Up to the task in terms of running, but didn’t quite manage to shackle some of Liverpool’s stars. 6

Ryan Mason Smart but unspectacular. Played one great through ball to Kane. 6

Moussa Dembele Managed to find space often in a crowded, frantic match to link up well with players. 7

Erik Lamela Was on always in the action, which is not always true of him, but his output was mixed. For example, in just a minute in the second half, from 20 yards he drew a fingertip stop from Mignolet, then elected not to pass Kane, who would have been pretty much clean through. 7

Christian Eriksen Involved in several good moves and had some silky touches, but, his saved free-kick which led to the goal aside, did not provide the killer pass or finish as he so often has this season. 7

Harry Kane Another fine performance. Decent finish trap and pass for the first goal and, though he was lucky to be judged onside, provided a good assist for Dembele after Eriksen’s free-kick was saved. 8

Substitutes

Paulinho N/A

Nacer Chadli N/A

Roberto Soldado N/A

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