By David Woods

14th Dec, 2016 | 9:35pm

Liverpool player ratings v Middlesbrough: 28-year-old ace is 9/10

By Alex Stevens

Football Insider rates the Liverpool players after their 3-0 win against Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Wednesday night at the Riverside.

Simon Mignolet 7 – All eyes on the Belgian but he couldn’t have asked for a much easier return game. Made a smart stop in the first half from Viktor Fischer.

Nathaniel Clyne 8 – Great cross for Liverpool’s first goal and finally delivering some attacking returns down the right.

Dejan Lovren 8 – Fantastic game for the maligned centre-back. Put to bed the myth that he can’t play without Matip.

Ragnar Klavan 7 – Solid at the back, although Middlesbrough didn’t offer much.

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James Milner 6 – Enjoyed space on the left but couldn’t deliver an end product. No problems at the back.

Jordan Henderson 6 – Seemed like he didn’t want to go forwards today.

Georginio Wijnaldum 6 – Pedestrian in the centre of midfield with short passes failing to create anything. Needs to make quicker decisions.

Adam Lallana 9 – Proving again how important he is to this Liverpool side, especially with Philippe Coutinho out. The 28-year-old got a brace and added a vital block at the back. Superb.

Roberto Firmino 5 – Extremely quiet night and the exciting Brazilian is finding it hard to make an impact from out wide.

Sadio Mane 7 – Trademark marauding runs but no end product this time. Unlucky to hit the post in the first half with a fantastic shot and had some good chances early in the second half.

Divock Origi 8 – Has made a fine fist of his opportunity in the Liverpool first team and continued with another brilliant team goal tonight, before setting up Lallana for his second.


Lucas (On for Lallana, 82mins) 6

Oviemuno Ejaria (On for Wjnaldum, 87mins) 5

Trent Alex-Arnold (On for Origi, 90mins) n/a

In other Liverpool news, fans react on Twitter after Loris Karius was dropped for the Premier League game against Middlesbrough.