Sam Allardyce’s men took away a crucial point for the trip to Anfield as they staged a late comeback from 2-0 down on the night. Firmino and Lallana scored for the Reds but as the fans staged their mass walk out at the 77th minute, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe pulled the scoreline back to 2-2 to give themselves a point in the relegation battle.
Here are the player ratings for the Liverpool players for his game:
Simon Mignolet (2.5)
Should have done much better to stop Adam Johnson’s free-kick which charged the visitor’s comeback but was generally hardly troubled.
Nathaniel Clyne (3)
Defended his flank really well though was caught out on one occasion. Aldo provided some pace and width in the final third.
Dejan Lovren (2.5)
Though started the game brightly, Lovren had to be forced off after just 12 minutes as the Croat picked up another injury after having recently come back into the squad after reeling back from one.
Mamadou Sakho (3)
Should have stopped Defoe from scoring the late equalizer as he afforded the striker some space but was generally strong in the air and helped his side from the back.
Alberto Moreno (2.5)
Could have done a lot more in attack with the number of times he found himself in space. Gave away a needless free kick that gave Johnson the first goal.
Emre Can (3)
Another good performance from the young German who was playing as a box to box midfielder and helped his side set up attacks from the back.
Jordan Henderson (3.5)
A decent game for the ex-Sunderland player who saw himself pull the strings for his side in the middle of the box. Could not find the right pass but tried his best till he was subbed off.
Joe Allen (2.5)
The Welshman found himself plenty of space in the first half after been handed a rare start but was unfortunately injured and subbed off just before half time.
James Milner (3)
Provided the inch perfect cross for Firmino’s first goal and was also busy all night on the flank trying his best to create chances for his side.
Adam Lallana (3)
Earned himself a tap in after Firmino’s struggle but should be doing a lot more to help his side in the final third after earning a consistent place in the squad.
Roberto Firmino (4)
Set up Lallana after his headed goal on the hour mark and proved to be the best attacking outlet for the Reds all throughout the night. The Brazilian now looks to have settled into the English playing conditions and is making the difference for Liverpool in the final third.
Kolo Toure (2.5)
Was hardly troubled at the back after replacing Lovren early in the first half but was struggling to cope up with the pace of Defoe on the counters.
Jordon Ibe (3)
Was happy to take on the Sunderland defense as he made all the difference after coming on for the injured Joe Allen late in the first half. Also had a stinging effort deflected wide in the second half.
Lucas Leiva (2.5)
Bought on to see of the game but the Brazilian hardly had anything to do at either ends of the field.
Van Aanholt (2.5)
John O Shea (3.5)
Yaan M Vila (3)
J Defoe (3)
A Johnson (3)
N Doye (2)
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