Liverpool player ratings in win v Middlesbrough: 27-year-old is 5/10
By Matt Farr
Football Insider rates the Liverpool players during their 3-0 win over relegated Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday.
Simon Mignolet 6 – Rarely tested. Little surprise given Middlesbrough’s continued failings in the final third.
James Milner 6 – Faced few real challenges defensively, but still not the answer at left-back.
Nathaniel Clyne 5 – Blasted a glorious chance wide. Made a few bombing runs down the right-hand side but with little effect.
Dejan Lovren 5 – Could be considered luck to get away with a clumsy challenge on Bamford. Given the importance of keeping a clean-sheet, the 27-year-old defender looked a liability.
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Joel Matip 6 – Best contribution of the day was perhaps obscuring the view of the referee for the Middlesbrough penalty call.
Emre Can 6 – A decent midfield display. Distribution of the ball, positioning and work ethic were excellent.
Georginio Wijnaldum 7 – Lifted the pressure with thunderous strike to give Liverpool the lead. Looking stronger and stronger each week.
Adam Lallana 6 – Had a poor game until adding a third goal for Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho 7 – Scored a fantastic free-kick. Continued to test goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a number of long-range efforts.
Roberto Firmino 7 – A lovely pass round the corner to set Wijnaldum through on goal. Typically unselfish play, when there were chances to score. Had a quiet first-half but was a big influence in the second.
Daniel Sturridge 6 – Made little significant contribution considering he could well have been playing for his future.
Lucas (for Firmino 80)
Divock Origi (for Sturridge 82)
Alberto Moreno (for Milner 86)
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has made an injury revelation, revealing why he made this key change against Middlesbrough.