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Liverpool v Everton - player ratings

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: Has an impressive record at saving penalties but Wayne Rooney's thumping hit left him with no chance. 6 (out of 10).

Joe Gomez: Missed a great chance to head home a second after the break. Otherwise looked solid. 7.

Dejan Lovren: Stupid decision to barge into Dominic Calvert-Lewin to give Everton their penalty. Cost his team two points. 5.

Ragnar Klavan: Like Lovren he had little to do throughout much of the afternoon. 6.

Andrew Robertson: Can now expect a run in the team thanks to Alberto Moreno's injury and he was involved often in the first period. 7.

Jordan Henderson: Completed more first-half passes than Everton's entire team, though blazed a late chance to win it over. 6.

James Milner: Linked up well with Robertson down the left in the first period but the hosts missed Philippe Coutinho's incisiveness. 7.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Sweetly struck volley went just over on stroke of half-time and he made some impressive passes and crosses. 7.

Mohamed Salah: Undid an obdurate opponent with a glorious trademark left-footed finish and his absence was sorely missed when he was taken off. 8.

Sadio Mane: Selfish on the stroke of half-time when he chose to go alone and fire wide rather than squaring for one of the three unmarked men inside him. 5.

Dominic Solanke: Handed just his second Premier League start of the season and struggled with his hold-up play. 5.

Substitutes

Roberto Firmino (for Salah, 67): Nearly reached one deep cross but suffered the same sort of frustration as Solanke and others. 6.

Philippe Coutinho (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 78): Tried to catch Jordan Pickford out with a long-range free-kick late on. Liverpool missed his thrust. 6.

Danny Ings (for Solanke, 82): Worked hard but little chance to make any great impact. 6.

Everton

Jordan Pickford: Known for his distribution, he sent several long clearances straight out of play. Powerless to stop Salah's strike. 6.

Jonjoe Kenny: The most impressive player in Everton's defence. Covered well even when offered little protection from Rooney. 8.

Mason Holgate: Adopted a no-nonsense approach, which his manager had seemed to promote, and carried out those instructions well. 7.

Ashley Williams: Was fortunate Mane only had eyes for goal when his rash challenge let him through late in the first half. 5.

Cuco Martina: Bullied off the ball by Salah for the Liverpool goal and looked out of sorts throughout. 5.

Idrissa Gueye: Booked in first half for tackle from behind on Mane but he is so key to the Toffees. 7.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: Even at 20, he was wily to win the penalty off Lovren, and he impressed the Everton coaching staff with his endeavour. 7.

Wayne Rooney: Thoroughly enjoyed slamming home the all-important spot-kick and looked far more at home after being moved centrally from the right flank for the second period. 7.

Tom Davies: Poor ball-retention contributed to him being hooked at half-time. 5.

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Booked for leaving his foot in on Henderson in the first half and unable to offer much going forward. 6.

Oumar Niasse: Another withdrawn at the interval having done little to hold the ball up and relieve the pressure on his defence. 5.

Substitutes

Morgan Schneiderlin (for Niasse, 46): Brought on to add some more stability to Everton's midfield and he did that with some cool passes under pressure. 7.

Aaron Lennon (for Davies, 46): Despite being considerably smaller, he was more of an outlet than Niasse. 6.

Phil Jagielka (for Rooney, 83): Called for just after the Everton goal to shore things up and in that sense it was job done. 6.

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