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Liverpool 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Player Ratings

Meghana Naidu
ANALYST
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2.79K   //    14 Dec 2015, 10:40 IST
Henderson made a sensational return as Liverpool captain as he struck the opener for Liverpool

It was not an easy match for Liverpool or West Brom but the visitors looked like the favourites to win and seemed to have parked the bus after their second goal. Liverpool looked to be on their way to a second consecutive Premier League loss until Liverpool’s Divock Origi came on and scored a goal in the dying minutes of the match and helped Liverpool snatch a draw.

The result excited Jurgen Klopp and the Anfield crowd in such a way that the manager gave a highly passionate reaction, motivated the crowd for more and gathered his players after the result to salute the crowd for their support. 

Jordan Henderson made his return as captain for Liverpool and scored the first goal of the match - credited to Coutinho and Lallana - but the Baggies equalised a few minutes later through Craig Dawson. West Brom took the lead through Jonas Olsson in the second half only for substitute Origi to level the scores through a deflected 96th-minute goal.    

Here are the player ratings from the game:

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 4

Mignolet possibly had his worst performance under Jurgen Klopp. He was all over the place and the error responsible for West Brom’s first goal was unforgivable. It was poor keeping from him.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6

Clyne looked keen on getting forward. Looked solid in some parts although he was involved in the mix-up for West Brom’s first goal.

Martin Skrtel- 6

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There was an improvement from last week but the team’s defence being a mess holds Skrtel accountable as he has trouble defending set-pieces and his passing at the back wasn’t good enough.

Dejan Lovren- 6.5

It was a pity that Lovren had to get injured just when he was starting to find his form. The injury looked terrible and now we have to see how long he takes to recover.

Alberto Moreno- 6

He showed some good energy and his crossing was an improvement; he tried hard.

Emre Can – 7.5

Having Can back in the team in the midfield after his suspension was very reassuring for Liverpool. He controlled the game in the middle of the park. He also made countless passes and a few good interceptions.  

Jordan Henderson- 7.5

Henderson had his first PL start under Jurgen Klopp and impressed at the start with his opening goal. It was a great ball from Coutinho and then Lallana with Henderson scoring with a clinical finish.  

James Milner- 5.5

Started off decently but then had no moments of quality. He was, in fact, quite lucky to have not gotten booked after clattering Gardner.

Adam Lallana- 7

He worked well for the opening goal by nodding Coutinho’s diagonal cross to Henderson who knocked it straight into the net. Lallana also had a great chance of scoring the equaliser before being denied by Myhill.    

Philippe Coutinho – 7

Another player who makes the Liverpool team look better and stronger. He showed great desire in the first 30 minutes to score. He helped the attacking fluency and initiated the momentum into scoring the opening goal.

Christian Benteke – 5.5

Benteke helped out initially at the defensive end with a few vital interceptions and had more luck at the back than in front. However, his movement was clueless, he shot wide, missed headers, and had no pace. Him starting doesn’t look like the best thing for Liverpool as he seems to be more of the substitute player who comes on later and scores.

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe- 6

Ibe came on for Coutinho in the 71st minute. He attempted a good diagonal shot which unfortunately went straight to Myhill. However, he held the ball for too long.  

Divock Origi – 8

Origi came on for Lovren after the defender got injured in the 79th minute. Origi set the pace again for Liverpool after a rough patch they had and scored a beautiful late equaliser helping Liverpool to one point.

Roberto Firmino – N/A

Firmino came on for Lallana in the 86th minute but made no notable impact.

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