Liverpool player ratings: Coutinho, Firmino and more – quarter-season report

Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe show promise in Liverpool's quarter-season report

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet The Liverpool number one has been enjoyed a pretty solid season after a turbulent 2014/15 campaign. After a string of mistakes in the first half of last term, Simon Mignolet’s only noticeable error came against Norwich City. B

Adam Bogdan Signed from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in the summer, Mignolet’s understudy Adam Bogdan was the hero in a 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Carlisle United in the League Cup in front of The Kop. B-

Defenders

Nathaniel Clyne Nathaniel Clyne has seamlessly slotted into the Liverpool side and made the right-back spot his own. He hasn’t missed a minute in the Premier League so far this season. The England defender is a noticeable upgrade on Stoke City full-back Glen Johnson. He is showing signs of a promising partnership with Jordon Ibe, too. B+

Joe Gomez A whirlwind start for the 18-year-old defender was cut short by a knee injury. Joe Gomez started the opening four games and didn’t look out of place in the Liverpool side. He already looks a shrewd signing by axed Brendan Rodgers (or the transfer committee). B

Dejan Lovren The Croatia international was back in favour in Liverpool’s opening five Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers which was astounding considering that he hasn’t noticeably improved. Mamadou Sakho took over from Lovren following the Croatian’s injury and the Liverpool defence looked much more assured. Alas, Mamadou Sakho’s recent knee problem means Lovren could be set for another disconcerting run in the firs-team. C-

Martin Skrtel Martin Skrtel is Liverpool’s Mr Dependable. As Liverpool fans have come to expect from the Slovakian, he has shown his defensive and leadership qualities in the absence of injured captain Jordan Henderson. B

Mamadou Sakho The France international is fast becoming a fans’ favourite. He is undoubtedly a better option than Lovren. However, his progress has been cruelly halted following a recent knee problem. Liverpool need him back so he can forge a long-standing relationship with Skrtel. B-

Alberto Moreno Alberto Moreno wasn’t initially in favour at the start of the season but Gomez’s injury gave the Spaniard a chance to shine. He has improved in recent weeks under Jurgen Klopp and the former Sevilla man could be one to watch. . B-
Kolo Toure Presumably a source of advice and encouragement off the pitch, Kolo Toure has offered little on the pitch. He has made two Europa League appearances but his Premier League days could be numbered. D-

Midfielders

James Milner The summer signing has spent most of the season acting as Liverpool’s captain despite only arriving at the club in July. James Milner has been pretty consistent but he isn’t the match-winner that Steven Gerrard was. Still, he did score a nice goal against Aston Villa. He has made three assists, too. B

Jordan Henderson The Liverpool midfielder lasted just shy of 150 Premier League minutes before he succumbed to a foot injury. He hasn’t featured since. N/A

Adam Lallana Adam Lallana has been one of the big disappointments for Liverpool so far. The England international has no excuses with the former Saints captain injury-free and in his secons season at Anfield. Hopefully, Klopp can encourage some form from Lallana. C

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool’s player of the season so far. After a brilliant winner against Stoke City on match-day one, the Brazilian magician made Liverpool fans wait another 10 games before his next dash of brilliance. His brace against Chelsea was worth the wait. Coutinho has four goals and two assists in 12 games – respectable. B+

Lucas Leiva Lucas Leiva is no stranger to overcoming adversity during his Liverpool career. If the Brazil international isn’t fighting back from injury, he is fighting to save his Reds career. The popular South American managed to do just that over the summer amid transfer speculation. He has once again become a key part of this Liverpool side. B

Joe Allen The Welshman is fighting for his Liverpool career if Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein is to be believed. Will he go the way of Tamás Hajnal or Ilkay Gundogan. D

Jordon Ibe A positive for Liverpool in recent weeks. Klopp turned to the England Under-21 international to add invention and pace to his stuttering Reds side. Jordon Ibe is direct and quick which is something Liverpool’s other playmakers lack. Liverpool’s bright spark in a 2-1 loss to Palace. Hopefully, there is more to come from the teenager. C+

Roberto Firmino The £29m signing has been one of the most-disappointing aspects of Liverpool’s season so far. The Brazilian hasn’t got going, although he hasn’t been helped from injury. The feeling is that Klopp could be the right man to kindle some form from the former Hoffenheim man. D+

Strikers

Christian Benteke The Belgium international has returned from injury with a flurry. Christian Benteke has scored three goals in his last four games for the Reds. Liverpool’s second most-expensive signing has a long way to go to justify his £32.5m price tag, but it has been a promising start. B-

Daniel Sturridge Will Daniel Sturridge ever return to the player that looked like one of the best strikers in the Premier League in 2013/14? You’re guess is as good as mine. Daniel Sturridge scored a brilliant brace in a 3-2 win against Aston Villa but succumbed to yet another injury just weeks later. C

Divock Origi He can run and run and run. Divock Origi is Liverpool’s Forrest Gump on the pitch. However, the Belgium international is smart enough to realise that he must be patient under Klopp. He served his purpose with three energetic performances but Liverpool fans will want to see his finishing quality. C

Danny Ings The summer signing has won over many Liverpool supporters already with his enthusiastic performances – a goal in the Merseyside derby didn’t do his popularity any harm, either. However, just as the 23-year-old looked to have secured a regular first-team place, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in training. B-

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