Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League took another serious dent after a dismal 1-0 defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Michael Dawson’s first-half header was enough to condemn Brendan Rodgers’ side to the damaging loss, during which they failed to rediscover the cutting edge they demonstrated earlier in the year.
Here is how the Reds players rated…
Simon Mignloet – 7/10
Came out of the contest with his head held high, unlike some of his esteemed colleagues
Emre Can – 5/10
Needs to play in midfield on a regular basis. Tries hard in defence but it is not his comfort zone.
Martin Skrtel – 5/10
His passing was woeful for the most part, which caused the Reds all kind of problems in dangerous areas.
Dejan Lovren – 5/10
Yet to have a truly impressive game since last summer’s big-money arrival and the pressure looks like it is haunting him.
Glen Johnson – 5/10
Did little to suggest that his imminent departure on a free transfer is nothing other than good news for all concerned.
Jordan Henderson – 5/10
Lacked his usual drive and spark on a night when the visitors needed it the most, in the absence of Steven Gerrard.
Joe Allen – 6/10
Kept going until the end and tried his best to set the tone, but could not split Hull City open at the back.
Philippe Coutinho – 7/10
Yet again the stand-out performer for his side, but he can’t do it all on his own. Badly lacked help from his team-mates.
Jordan Ibe – 5/10
Big things are expected of this young man but tonight did not bring the explosive impact he has demonstrated at youth level.
Raheem Sterling – 5/10
Did little to endear himself to the fans who have started to turn against him in light of his contract saga. Subdued by Hull.
Mario Balotelli -5/10
Another stinker to add to the long list of stinkers for the Italian, who is surely on borrowed time.
Adam Lallana (for Ibe, ’65) – Struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Rickie Lambert (for Balotelli, ’65) – A better physical presence but could not restore parity.
Lazar Markovic (for Lovren, ’76) – Looks shot to pieces by the events of recent weeks.