Stoke City 0 Liverpool 1: Player ratings as Jordon Ibe impresses

Player ratings as Jordon Ibe's gives Liverpool a slender first-leg League Cup semi-final lead after 1-0 win at Stoke City

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet The Liverpool No1 had to be alert to deny his former team-mate Glen Johnson. Booked for time wasting, and rightly so. Not always convincing from crosses, but did enough – just. 6/10

Nathaniel Clyne In-form Marko Arnautovic didn’t cause Clyne too many problems as the away side had Stoke on the back foot for most of the match. 6

Dejan Lovren The second hamstring casualty of the night. The centre-half had performed well up until 33rd minute. 6

Alberto Moreno As we’ve come to expect, the left-back looked to get forward as often as possible. 6

Kolo Toure The veteran defender did well considering his lack of first-team football. Remarkably, Toure appeared to suffer a late injury to secure a hat-trick of hamstring problems for the away side. 6

Lucas Leiva Shuffled back to centre-half after Lovren’s hamstring injury. He made two crucial challenges in the second half to deny Stoke. 8

Joe Allen He fluffed a chance to put Liverpool ahead but thankfully Ibe showed more composure on the follow up. Otherwise, a really good performance. 7

Emre Can The powerful German midfielder epitomised Liverpool’s energetic start. He bullied Glenn Whelan in a commanding performance. 8

Philippe Coutinho The Brazilian looked back to his devious best. However, he lasted just 17 minutes before his hamstring gave way. 6

Adam Lallana The England midfielder doesn’t score many, but a great long-range strike tested his international colleague, Jack Butland. His cross teed up Ibe for the opener. One of his better Liverpool performances. 7

Roberto Firmino Graeme Souness questioned where Liverpool’s goals would come from pre-match. However, the Brazilian appeared to have instructions to shoot on sight. 7

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe Had a positive impact from the bench. Very direct. He was alert to give Liverpool the lead in the 37th minute. A constant threat and could have added to his goal. 8

James Milner Clattered in the lead up to Ibe’s goal. 6

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