Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as Raheem Sterling sparkles

Player ratings as Liverpool return to winning ways in the Premier League thanks to a 2-0 win over Newcastle

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Untroubled throughout and had virtually nothing to do for 90 minutes. 6/10

Glen Johnson Despite having forged a career as a right-back, there are still question marks over his defensive abilities and his concentration, as he gifted the visitors possession too easily in dangerous places. 6

Emre Can Without Martin Skrtel, the young German looked less assured and was not helped with the erratic first-half performance of Dejan Lovren. His assist for the second goal proves he needs to be played higher up the field. 7

Dejan Lovren Exceedingly lucky not too have been penalised for a blatant foul on Ayoze Perez. The Croatian calmed down afterwards but is, at present, incomparable to Skrtel in terms of defensive leadership. 6

Alberto Moreno A solid showing from the diminutive left-sided player. He dealt with everything Newcastle’s width gave him. 7

Jordan Henderson Delicious assist for Sterling’s opener from the stand-in captain and is continually growing into his new role of Liverpool’s midfield lynchpin. 8

Lucas Leiva Patrolled the back four sensibly, which allowed Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen to push on. 7

Joe Allen Confident in possession and scored the all-important second goal to make the game safe. 7

Jordon Ibe The former Wycombe player struggled to get into the game and was overshadowed by Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho. 6

Raheem Sterling (man of the match) The England wide-man showed his prowess, and possibly value to the club, with a well-taken opening strike, but could and should have had a hatful. 8

Philippe Coutinho Another standard performance from the Brazilian but is not the player to fill Daniel Sturridge’s shoes. 7

Substitutes

Rickie Lambert No time to make an impact. N/A

Fabio Borini Wasted his best chance of the game with a sloppy touch. 5

Newcastle United

Tim Krul Faultless for both of the Liverpool strikes. Despite being the busier of the two goalkeepers, coped with Liverpool’s attempts on target easily. 7

Ryan Taylor The injury-prone right-back should have made more of an effort to close down Raheem Sterling for the opener, and a second defensive lapse nearly gifted the same player a second. 5

Daryl Janmaat The makeshift centre-back did not cover himself in glory with weak attempts to prevent Liverpool’s first goal. After a shaky start, the Dutchman improved as the game progressed. 6

Mike Williamson The most solid of Newcastle’s defenders, but was not exempt from defensive frailty as he nearly gifted Fabio Borini a goalscoring chance. 6

Jack Colback The England midfielder struggled to get into the game and was permanently a second behind each play during the game. Outshone by compatriot Jordan Henderson. 5

Mehdi Abeid The 22-year old looked like Newcastle’s greatest threat from midfield until he was substituted. He provided an important link between the midfield and the isolated Ayoze Perez. 7

Vurnon Anita Looked uncomfortable at left-back and his misplaced pass led directly to Liverpool’s opening goal. 4

Remy Cabella The French international is still yet to show his best form for the Toon Army, despite the season being in its latter stages. Mostly ineffectual. 5

Moussa Sissoko The Newcastle skipper petulantly got himself sent off for a second yellow card which could have broken Lucas’ leg. He needs to show more maturity as one of the senior figures in this side. 4

Gabriel Obertan Easy to understand why he never made the cut at Manchester United. 4

Ayoze Perez The Spaniard was Newcastle’s only attacking threat but was so isolated. However, he should have been awarded a penalty. 6

Substitutes

Yoan Gouffran No time to make an impact. N/A

Jonas Gutierrez The Argentine received a healthy applause as his return from testicular cancer continues but is a yard or two away from full match fitness. 6

Adam Armstrong The highly-regarded England youth international spent the majority of his 15 minute spell chasing lost causes, taking over the mantle from Ayoze Perez. Industrious, but able to get into the game. 5

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