International Champions Cup: Ranking Liverpool Player Performances vs. Man Utd

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentAugust 5, 2014

International Champions Cup: Ranking Liverpool Player Performances vs. Man Utd

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    Liverpool's final game of their USA tour ended in a 3-1 defeat to archrivals Manchester United on Monday night in the International Champions Cup in Miami, and there was a mixed bunch of performances.

    Brendan Rodgers named a strong line-up, and at half-time the Reds looked good for their money—1-0 up thanks to Steven Gerrard's penalty.

    Rodgers will feel disappointed to have shipped three goals in after the break but will take the positives back to Merseyside nonetheless.

    Lucas Leiva, Emre Can, Jordon Ibe, Kolo Toure and Kristoffer Peterson all made substitute appearances in the second half, but they did little to impact the game.

    Here we rank Liverpool player performances from the defeat, giving each a performance score out of 10.

11. Glen Johnson

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    Performance Score: 5

    Glen Johnson's performances over the last year continue to be an anxious topic of conversation for Liverpool fans, and although he looked more in tune with the game against Manchester United, he was sloppy in possession on several occasions.

10. Rickie Lambert

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    Performance Score: 6

    Having missed a penalty in Liverpool's previous game (a 2-0 win over AC Milan), Rickie Lambert again had a mediocre game, as he looked slow and in need of a confidence boost.

9. Steven Gerrard

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    Performance Score: 6

    Gerrard took his penalty well in the first half and made some key passes throughout, but he also committed numerous needless fouls. 

8. Simon Mignolet

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    Performance Score: 6

    There was little Simon Mignolet could do about United's three goals, and he dealt with most other action comfortably. He was not called into action too many times.

7. Martin Kelly

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    Performance Score: 6

    Every time Martin Kelly makes an appearance, the whole of Liverpool is willing him to do well, but after all his injury problems, the 24-year-old is looking a shadow of his former self.

6. Martin Skrtel

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    Performance Score: 6

    It was a good game for Martin Skrtel, who was perhaps left exposed when Rooney sneaked behind him to volley in United's equaliser. He will definitely be good competition for Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho this season.

5. Joe Allen

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    Performance Score: 6

    Joe Allen played the first hour of the game, providing little to the cause but nevertheless remaining injury free. The workout will have done his fitness good.

4. Jordan Henderson

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    Performance Score: 6

    It was a quiet night for Jordan Henderson, who could have done better with an open header in the first half. His work rate was as fierce as ever, but United had him comfortably tamed throughout.

3. Philippe Coutinho

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    Performance Score: 8

    Brilliant skill and dribbling from Brazilian Philippe Coutinho make him a very exciting player to watch in 2014-15. The exit of Luis Suarez will surely open the door for the 22-year-old to step up onto centre stage.

2. Mamadou Sakho

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    Performance Score: 8

    This season could be the one in which Mamadou Sakho establishes himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and a solid performance against United gave him good grounds for progression.

    Sakho was athletic and strong in the air throughout his 73 minutes in the game, and Liverpool fans will be relishing seeing him and Lovren in defence together when the season begins.

1. Raheem Sterling

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    Performance Score: 8

    The shining light in Liverpool's team once again, Raheem Sterling looked quick, clever and exciting with United's defence unable to handle him.

    His quick acceleration won the Reds their first-half penalty, and he probably should have had a second minutes later when Phil Jones again brought him down in the box.