Liverpool and West Brom drew 0-0 in a tepid game at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
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Liverpool made three changes from the side that lost to 2-1 to Aston Villa in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final. Joe Allen was replaced by Jordan Ibe, Alberto Moreno made way for Glen Johnson, and controversial striker Mario Balotelli came in for Lazar Markovic.
GK: Simon Mignolet – 7
Kept a clean sheet against West Brom for the first time in his career.
LWB: Glen Johnson – 6
Liverpool fans won’t be sorry to see the back of the full back if he leaves this summer. A first half error almost gifted Berahino a goal.
CB: Martin Skrtel – 7
Since Daniel Agger left Martin Skrtel has become Liverpool’s best defender. Badly missed during his three game ban, the Reds, look much better with him in the side.
CB: Dejan Lovren – 8
Lovren is still nowhere near the player Liverpool want, but he’s getting better every game. This was possibly his best performance in a red shirt. Cleared off the line in the second half.
CB: Emre Can – 7
Another classy performance from the German. Tackled well and frequently brought the ball out of defence to launch attacks.
RWB: Jordan Ibe – 7
Started brightly but faded as the game went on. Nonetheless, his directness and trickery caused WBA countless problems. Smashed the crossbar in the second period.
CM: Steven Gerrard (c) – 6
This was Gerrard’s 500th Premier League game, and he now only has four more before he leaves for the LA Galaxy. Liverpool will miss him.
CM: Jordan Henderson – 6
Widely presumed to be the Liverpool captain next season, Henderson showed all the qualities that an Anfield leader needs.
AML: Raheem Sterling – 7
Injured in the warm up and quiet in the opening 45 minutes, but played better in the second half and was unlucky not to score. A deliberate handball drew the anger of the home support.
AMR: Philippe Coutinho – 7
The Brazilian could be the subject of some huge bids this summer. His trickery, vision, and speed was the most pleasing part of Liverpool’s performance. Tried to score from the half way line in the first 45.
ST: Mario Balotelli – 6
The Italian could be coming to the end of his Liverpool career, and after this performance it’s easy to see why. Got better as the game went on.
CM: Adam Lallana (74 mins) – 6
Lallana came into the fray for Jordan Ibe, offering some neat footwork but little else.
ST: Fabio Borini (74 mins) – 5
Replaced Balotelli. Was barely in the game and is a certainty to be sold in the summer.