We rate the Liverpool players for their performances against Bournemouth…
Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool – In contrast to their weekend defeat against Manchester United, the Reds’ clinical finishing was the difference tonight against their Championship opponents.
Raheem Sterling struck twice, while Lazar Markovic scored his first goal for Brendan Rodgers’ side since his summer move to Benfica to give Liverpool a commanding 3-0 lead. Former Everton midfielder Dan Gosling pulled a goal back, but it proved to be only a consolation.
Read the full Liverpool ratings below:
GK) Brad Jones – 5
It’s hard to see how the Australian inspires any more confidence in his teammates than Simon Mignolet. He certainly should have done better with the Bournemouth goal.
RCB) Kolo Toure – 6
Liverpool’s player of the month for November had another decent night, but was perhaps guilty of contributing towards the Bournemouth goal, with his presence leaving Jones unsighted.
LCB) Dejan Lovren – 5
Looked okay in the first-half, but was withdrawn at the break after suffering a groin injury, which will be a source of worry for manager Brendan Rodgers.
CB) Martin Skrtel – 5
Struggled at times against the Bournemouth attack, who certainly created plenty of chances against Liverpool’s new-look back three, but were guilty of wasting their opportunities.
DM) Lucas Leiva – 6
A couple of sloppy moments for the Brazilian, who otherwise did his usual industrious job at the heart of the Liverpool midfield. A decent night.