Liverpool Player Ratings vs Real Madrid – Brave Show From The Reds

Simon Mignolet – 7.5/10

The Belgian shot-stopper produced his best performance of the season, making several fine saves and showing a noticeable improvement in his decision-making. Gradually looking more assured with a certain somebody ahead of him leading the defence, Reds fans will be hopeful that this is the start of a resurgence from the 26-year-old.

Javier Manquillo – 7/10

The Madrid-born youngster was solid at the back considering he had to deal with the marauding Marcelo and tricky Isco. The Spanish full-back got forward well too.

Martin Skrtel – 6/10

The Slovakian was one of Liverpool’s weaker players on the night, committing too many silly errors and almost handing Real Madrid with a goal at the start of the game with a sloppy loss of possession in the first-half.

Kolo Toure – 8.5/10

A performance by the 33-year-old reminiscent of his best days in the colours of Arsenal. The Ivorian made endless blocks and clearances, dominating opponents aerially and showing great leadership making others look better with him around them and producing his finest moment in a Reds shirt to date.

Alberto Moreno – 7.5/10

The explosive Spaniard may be at fault for being a tad too naive in possession at times, trying risky things in dangerous areas; but against Madrid at the Bernebeu he got forward brilliantly from start to finish and produced some excellent defending.

Lucas Leiva – 8/10

The 27-year-old Brazilian was superb in defensive midfield, producing his best performance in a very long time. Positional play was terrific and he used the ball well; looking more like the Lucas of two years ago.

Emre Can – 7.5/10

The 20-year-old German powerhouse continued to show his huge potential. Playing fearlessly with confidence and dynamism in the middle of the park, Can could become a star at Anfield.

Joe Allen – 6/10

The Welshman’s work-rate could not be faulted but when in possession, his use of the ball was disappointing. Needs to be more ambitious and start taking a few more risks.

Adam Lallana – 7/10

The former Southampton skipper struggled to get into the game from out wide but as and when he did receive the ball he looked tricky and inventive. One of his side’s more dangerous players on the night.

Lazar Markovic – 6/10

The young Serb continues to struggle in a Red shirt, although his pace offered Liverpool a way out, he couldn’t do much when he had a chance to run at the Madrid defence. Things just not clicking at the moment for the 20 year old.

Fabio Borini – 6.5/10

The other Italian at Liverpool worked tirelessly up front from the start, and held up play as much as he could. He was quite visibly isolated upfront and couldn’t do much to affect proceedings.