REST, sleep, recovery? It’s overrated. Our lads got back at 4am on Friday while City slept for about a week. Couldn’t tell could you? Liverpool ripped up the script and wrote their own again. The billionaires will have to wait for their Anfield win. Here’s the ratings, your traditional out of ten.

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SIMON MIGNOLET: 5

Bit backwards at coming forwards compared to recent weeks and a dodgy kick to boot. Maybe another chat with the missus? I back her over John Achterburg any day. Not much he could do on the goal.

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DEJAN LOVREN: 6

Clearly still away with fairies when it comes to playing for Liverpool, he needs to read that book by Steve Peters. As the game wore on started to do a lot of simple things well. In rehabilitation.

EMRE CAN: 7

No heavy shirt for this lad. He wears it. He thrives in it. He looks every inch a captain to be honest. Will question his positioning and speed of reaction on the goal but plenty of beast mode too.

MARTIN SKRTEL: 7

Battled, battled and battled some more. Warrior like showing from a fella arguably playing his best football for Liverpool.

ALBERTO MORENO: 5

Thought he struggled and looks like his team mates are actively avoiding passing to him. Needs another trick in his locker going forward and a bit more nous at the back.

LAZAR MARKOVIC: 5

Up and down. Gave it away too much but delightful chip to tee up Lallana. His time will come.

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JORDAN HENDERSON: 7

Everything you’ve come to expect: energy, enthusiasm, organising. He gets knocked for that and people want more. There’s your more. What a goal.

JOE ALLEN: 8

Brilliant first half, threaded some superb balls, always looking forward. Should silence some doubters but won’t. Tired towards the end and looked like he was running in a swimming pool.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: 7

Felt like it wouldn’t be his day and then he goes and does that. Not bad for a lad that can’t shoot. Would walk into any team in the league.

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ADAM LALLANA: 9

Thought he was tremendous. Two offside goals, another one he could have done better with. Horrible, niggly, ran his arse off, did the dirty work. Love the dirty work.

RAHEEM STERLING: 6

Looked like a little fella dancing in a world of heavyweight boxers. Bullied out of it for much of the game but kept going and could – and should – have scored. Still a square peg and a round hole as a front man.

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DANIEL STURRIDGE: 6
Still looking rusty. The Sturridge of last season buries that chance.

KOLO TOURE: 6
Not much time to shine. No nonsense, which was exactly what was needed.

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