Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0
Anfield, Liverpool (43,820)
Simon Mignolet – 7
His impressive save from an Alex Baptiste header was a key moment in the game. The previous version of Mignolet might have left it for Adam Lallana to head off the line, but in this instance he took control of the situation.
Glen Johnson – 5.5
Playing at right centre back, he played the odd good pass but was too slow when it came to making decisions, and can often take several touches to control a ball.
Martin Skrtel – N/A
Forced off with an injury in the opening minutes, after falling awkwardly in a challenge with Rudy Gestede.
Dejan Lovren – 5
A return to poor form after some more encouraging displays. One good cross-field pass aside, his distribution was poor, and his defensive positioning was worse.
Lazar Markovic – 6
Emre Can – 6
Not his best performance, but didn’t get much help from those behind him. At the moment the right centre back slot looks like the position which gets the most from him in this set-up.
Jordan Henderson – 6.5
Raheem Sterling – 6
Looked out of sorts in the left wing-back/midfield position, but still worried Blackburn’s defence when he could isolate a player one-on-one.
Adam Lallana – 5.5
His decision making was to slow once on the ball, despite some breathtaking first touches. Against packed defences like Blackburn’s he needs to be more incisive. Unlucky not to win a penalty after being fouled by Matt Kilgallon, though Lallana’s own touch made it look like the defender got the ball.
Philippe Coutinho – 6
The Brazilian doesn’t really have bad games, but this one wasn’t necessarily good either. At one point he left countless defenders trailing in his wake as he danced through the area, but his resultant shot hit the side netting.
Daniel Sturridge – 6
Still not match sharp, and lacking some anticipation when it comes to getting on the end of passes from midfield. Despite this he had a couple of decent efforts on goal.
Kolo Touré – 6.5
(Skrtel 11′) Solid enough, as he replaced the injured Skrtel in the middle of the back three. Looked dangerous in the opposition box at set pieces.
Mario Balotelli – 6.5
(Markovic 59′) One of the brighter sparks in a game which was becoming dull. Apart from his obligatory 40-yard shot into row Z, he linked up with team-mates well and troubled the Blackburn defence with his strength and skill.