Thursday 23 March 2017

'Dreadful, appalling, erratic' - How Liverpool players rated after a season to forget

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard looks dejected after yesterday's 6-1 defeat at Stoke
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard looks dejected after yesterday's 6-1 defeat at Stoke

The 2014-15 season was one to forget for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers - and Chris Bascombe has not pulled his punches with his player ratings for the campaign...

Simon Mignolet

Started the season in terrible form, losing all confidence. Recovered after being dropped and was voted Player of the Year by former Liverpool Players Association. A mixed campaign. 6/10

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Brad Jones

A survivor of the Roy Hodgson era. Jones has never been up to standard, and it was astonishing when he was selected at Old Trafford in December. He leaves this summer. 3/10


Glen Johnson

He’s given decent service but never repaid his £18 million fee. Won’t be fondly remembered at Anfield when he leaves on a free transfer this summer. Often injured and inconsistent this season. 4/10


Javier Manquillo

A peculiar signing on a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid. Nothing special so far, but not without promise. Lost his place when the formation changed mid-season. 5/10

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Martin Skrtel

Should be a contender to be the next captain but he often flatters to deceive. He looks the part one week but is too easily bullied the next – as against Christian Benteke at Wembley. Still the club’s best centre-half. 6/10


Dejan Lovren

Signed to cure Liverpool’s defensive problems – described as a ‘new Carragher’. The Kop legend may need to consult his lawyer. Lovren started badly and then only slightly improved. Much work needed to prolong career on Merseyside. 4/10


Mamadou Sakho

Divides opinion. Sakho is too often injured and makes at least one bad decision every game. Yes, the promise is there – and in a better defensive set-up he might flourish - but he must do much more. 6/10

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Kolo Toure

Liverpool’s ex-Manchester City scouts like to buy at least one ex-Manchester City player every summer. Toure gives his all, but he’s no more than a back-up. Looks like he’ll get a new deal, strangely. 5/10


Emre Can

A very talented, promising footballer, but to get the most from him at moment Liverpool may need 12 players. Not trusted in midfield, he’s been shifted to centre-half and right-back, latterly with appalling results. 6/10


Alberto Moreno

Made a good start but defensive vulnerabilities were evident as season progressed. His starting position was not guaranteed in second half of the season. Another work in progress, like so many other recruits. 5/10


Jose Enrique

When Enrique joined Liverpool in 2011 he looked quite good. Since then, he’s become a more of a comedy character, the only reminders he plays for the club coming when he tweets. Dreadful season when he played. 3/10


Lucas Leiva

An unsung hero. Injured at start of season – Liverpool were terrible. He returned – Liverpool were excellent. He was injured again – Liverpool ended season as they began it. Liverpool can't afford to lose him. 6/10


Jordan Henderson

The new vice-captain has improved plenty since his arrival, but he still does not score or create enough to be considered on the threshold of world-class status. He has done well this season, but no more than that. 6/10

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Joe Allen

A favourite of Brendan Rodgers, he is yet another player whose best runs of form are constantly interrupted by injury. He has his good days, but his lack of creativity and goal threat means he is just a support act. 6/10


Steven Gerrard

Not the swansong Gerrard wanted. It seems churlish to judge him on this season. For a career, he earns 10/10 as the ultimate Liverpool footballer. For the last 12 months? Still better than everyone else. 7/10


Adam Lallana

“Average,” was Lallana’s self-assessment. Few will argue. There were fleeting moments of promise, but nothing to justify a £25 million transfer fee. Injuries did not help. 6/10

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Lazar Markovic

It was odd Liverpool paid £20 million for a player Chelsea refused to take for half the price. Could Jose Mourinho have got it wrong? On the evidence of the Serb’s first season… no, Jose knows best. 4/10

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Jordon Ibe

Ended the season as a symbol of promise for the future, begging the question why was he sent on loan to Derby last August? And why did Liverpool pay £20 million for Markovic with Ibe so close to the first team? Did well when selected. 6/10

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Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool’s player of the season. Coutinho scored some spectacular goals and was one of the only reasons to look forward to going to Anfield. He signed a new deal but will be the next one looking elsewhere if club does not sort itself out. 7/10


Raheem Sterling

The question ‘how good is Sterling?’ is not churlish based on recent events. Those who remember Owen, McManaman and Fowler at same age are ambivalent on his future. Good? Yes. World Class. Nowhere near yet. 6/10


Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is a great player who never plays. Liverpool may as well have had Ian Rush or Robbie Fowler in their squad this season - a star name who watches from the stands. Time will tell if he is ever fit enough to fulfil potential. 4/10


Mario Balotelli

Liverpool’s ‘calculated risk’ failed. Replacing Luis Suarez with Balotelli was like replacing a Ferrari with tuk-tuk. Balotelli was every bit was erratic as predicted, showing little signs of maturity in his game. 4/10


Rickie Lambert

The reasons behind the purchase of Rickie Lambert will remain a mystery. The England striker was treated like a club mascot. He looked demoralised. His previous form for club and country must make him better than he looked. 4/10


Fabio Borini

Refused to join Sunderland for £10 million and hasn’t been seen much since. In desperate times he was called up, ran around a bit and then disappeared. Makes you wonder why he was ever signed. 3/10


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