Saturday 3 December 2016

The player ratings after Liverpool's emphatic Europa League trouncing of Villarreal

Published 05/05/2016 | 22:21

Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (3rd R) celebrates at the final whistle after a 3-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (3rd R) celebrates at the final whistle after a 3-0 victory during the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Villarreal CF at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England on May 5, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Here is how the Liverpool players rated after easing into the Europa League final after a comprehensive 3-0 win at Anfield.

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SIMON MIGNOLET: The oft-derided Belgian produced an important early stop to prevent a crucial away goal but had little else to do. 7

NATHANIEL CLYNE: The England right-back was, like always, as much an attacking threat as a defender. Created panic that led to the opening goal. 7

DEJAN LOVREN: The hero against Borussia Dortmund produced another impressive performance, winning headers and tackles aplenty. 8

KOLO TOURE: The veteran did not always look the most comfortable, but was solid and worked well with Lovren. 7

ALBERTO MORENO: The marauding full-back was lucky to avoid a penalty for foolishly pushing Denis Suarez but did well for the most part. 7

JAMES MILNER: Liverpool's captain led by example, working tirelessly and producing some lovely passes. 8

EMRE CAN: Back from ankle ligament damage, the midfielder's bite and guile made a big impact against the rattled Spaniards. 8

ADAM LALLANA: Pressed impressively and showed some nice, deft touches. Had a great chance to score in the first half and turned home the late third. 8

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Unable to produce a moment of magic but worked hard on and off the ball, playing an important role in the attack. 7

ROBERTO FIRMINO: The heart of everything Liverpool did well. Produced the cross bundled into his own net by Bruno Soriano and the ball for Daniel Sturridge to slot home, before then playing a key role in the third. 9

DANIEL STURRIDGE: Brought in having not started the previous three European ties and justified his inclusion by extending his run to six goals in nine starts. 7

SUBSTITUTES:

JOE ALLEN (for Coutinho, 82): Brought on to add extra solidity to the midfield in the closing stages. 7

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (for Firmino, 89): Unable to make an impact but his introduction allowed Firmino to receive a deserved standing ovation. 6

LUCAS LEIVA (for Sturridge, 90): A stoppage-time substitution aimed at winding down the clock. 6

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