Simon Mignolet 8
Very unlucky with the goal, had no right to get anything on it and going backwards — was always a hard ask. His kicking was sound and made a very good, and match changing, stop with his feet that would’ve made it 2-0.
Nathaniel Clyne 6
Fuming with him for about 20 minutes in the first half when he wasn’t the slightest bit interested in getting involved with Walters while Stoke were on top.
Ragnar Klavan 6
Hugely impressive the last few weeks but had a horror of a first 20, steadied himself but by that point we could have been staring at a 2-0 deficit.
Dejan Lovren 6
Played from 10-35 like he’d never seen a lad taller than him on a football pitch — absolutely terrorised by Crouch and looked like he had no idea what to do. Grew into it though.
James Milner 8
Quietly man of the match. His influence and experience got Liverpool through when it looked like it was going to go very bad.
Gini Wijnaldum 7
Kept it ticking over, not as impressive as he was in our last match against Everton when we beat them in the 94th minute thanks to a Sadio Mane goal that sent the Reds home with another derby victory.
Adam Lallana 7
Despite the goal, not his usual self, similar to his performance against Everton when we beat them in the 94th minute thanks to a Sadio Mane goal that sent the Reds home with another derby victory.
Jordan Henderson 8
Vying with Milner for MOTM, kept his head and his rhythm, unlucky to get cock blocked by Sturridge late on.
Roberto Firmino 7
Ropey first half, nothing coming off for him, reflective of the team in sense of performance. Much better after his goal, needed one after having one cleared off the line last week against Everton when we beat them in the 94th minute thanks to a Sadio Mane goal that sent the Reds home with another derby victory.
Sadio Mane 6
Touch looked a bit off and shirked a few 50/50s but causes enough problems just with his mere presence, as evidenced for Liverpool’s third.
Divock Origi 7
Must be under massive pressure now for a starting berth from Sturridge, physically always a threat and seems to be slowly adapting to how the team is evolving.
Daniel Sturridge 8
Came on, scored, done the arms.
Emre Can 7
Alberto Moreno N/A.