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Player Ratings: Liverpool

Liverpool ended the season without a European place to show for their efforts, and Richard Jolly runs the rule over the players who donned the red jersey this past season.

Luis Suarez: 8.5

These are early days, but Suarez has had an impact that stretches far beyond an unexceptional total of four goals. His pace and irrepressible approach has rendered the Uruguayan a defender's nightmare and given the Kop a new idol, with his popularity cemented with an irresistible display against Manchester United.

Dirk Kuyt: 7.5

As Luis Suarez's Anfield career is so brief, Kuyt deserves to be Liverpool's player of the season. Typical effort has been allied with a renewed ruthlessness in front of goal. Getting a hat-trick against United, even if all were close-range finishes, and a nerveless 102nd-minute penalty against Arsenal were instances when he performed on the major occasions and virtually all of his 15 goals had an importance.

Martin Kelly: 7.5

Worryingly injury prone for one so young, but it is hard to find fault with Kelly otherwise. The reliability and maturity of his performances have been welcome and, as two displays against Chelsea show, even the finest opponents have rarely troubled him. Deserves to start next season as the first-choice right-back.

Maxi Rodriguez: 7.5

It may have been freakish when Rodriguez scored seven goals in three recent games from the left wing, but it was an indication of his impact. One of the few to maintain his form throughout the season, he began behind Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic in the queue for places but ends it as one who, despite Liverpool's seemingly ambitious plans in the transfer market, should have a future at the club.

Raul Meireles: 7

If Liverpool's is a season of two halves, that is particularly true of Meireles' year. This mark can be seen as an average score: five or six for the first part of the campaign, eight or nine for the time since Kenny Dalglish's appointment. The Scot's arrival has allowed Meireles to emerge as one of the Premier League's finest attacking midfielders and a man with a fearsome long-range shot. He remains much more suited to life in the middle than on either flank, though.

Lucas Leiva: 7

A player who used to be damned by comparisons with Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso has quietly become integral in their absence. Lucas saw off the challenge of Christian Poulsen - which admittedly isn't saying that much - but with disciplined positional sense and economical passing, he has become an automatic choice. Will never be loved, but he is appreciated now.

Jamie Carragher: 7

The legs may be slowing, but Carragher remains both Liverpool's best and most important defender, missed whenever he is injured or even moved to right-back. Predictably colossal in the November defeat of Chelsea at Anfield, a year in which he moved into second place among Liverpool's appearance-makers was marred only by that high tackle on Man Utd's Nani.

Jay Spearing: 7

Remarkable, in many ways. There were few indications that Spearing was anything more than an enthusiastic local lad, but he has buzzed around energetically and influentially in the final quarter of the campaign. He can seem to be playing on adrenalin but he has ensured that Steven Gerrard has rarely been missed, which is both a surprise and a compliment.

Steven Gerrard: 6.5

He may hero-worship Kenny Dalglish but, thus far, the Liverpool captain is one of the few not to benefit from a change at the helm. Sent off in the Scot's second managerial debut at Old Trafford and suspended and then injured for much of his reign, Gerrard actually delivered more for Roy Hodgson, including virtuoso, match-winning displays against Napoli and Bolton.

Jose Reina: 6.5

His season began badly, with the uncharacteristic error that gifted Arsenal an equaliser on the opening day, and, while Liverpool were understandably delighted when Reina decided he wanted to stay, he hasn't produced the heroics of the previous campaign. For a goalkeeper who used to excel from 12 yards, he seems to have lost the knack of saving penalties.

John Flanagan: 6.5

Pitched into the team because of a glut of defensive injuries, the teenage right-back initially acquitted himself well, but began to become exposed in the final couple of matches of the campaign. A promising start, however, especially as he was pressed into service on the left flank at times.

Fabio Aurelio: 6

In one respect, a typical year for Aurelio, a player whose ability, especially in possession, is rarely in doubt but whose fitness is invariably suspect. In another, however, there were signs he could be integral to Liverpool if he was available more often: his 14 league appearances brought 29 points and he excelled as a wing-back or midfielder under Kenny Dalglish.

Glen Johnson: 6 A curiosity of a campaign. England's first-choice right-back proved rather error-prone in his preferred position, when Hodgson was accurate in his analysis, if not necessarily correct to criticise Johnson. But he became rather more reliable after Dalglish switched him to the left flank. Johnson may face a battle for his place from Martin Kelly next season, however.

Martin Skrtel: 6

Played every minute of every league game but an impressive appearance record wasn't always mirrored by a consistency on the pitch. One of many underachievers in the autumn, Skrtel rallied as the defence became more resilient under Kenny Dalglish without always resembling the commanding centre-half he once looked.

Jonjo Shelvey: 6

A promising first year after his arrival from Charlton, and it appears Kenny Dalglish is a fan. But Shelvey's seemingly permanent deployment as a substitute indicates he has rather more to do to convince the manager he merits a start.

Daniel Agger: 5

Another stop-start season for a player whose injury problems have become an annual difficulty. Agger was marginalised under Roy Hodgson, with many a supporter echoing his accusation that the English manager played long-ball football, but briefly excelled at the start of Kenny Dalglish's reign as one of three centre-backs. And then, all too predictably, he was sidelined again.

Andy Carroll: 5

Luis Suarez's superb start and Liverpool's improved form under Kenny Dalglish rather meant Carroll's £35 million fee wasn't the burden it could have been. Partly because of injuries, his has been a slow start, with the exception of a double against Manchester City. More will be expected next season.

David Ngog: 5

One of the few who might regret Roy Hodgson's sacking, Ngog started with a flurry of goals, albeit against some of the Europa League's poorer sides, but became an afterthought after the arrivals of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez. His year peaked on the opening weekend of the Premier League with a well-taken strike against Arsenal, but he failed to progress thereafter.

Fernando Torres: 5

It didn't seem so at the time, but the first half of the season was the superior part of Torres' campaign. By his standards, that isn't saying much but the match-winning braces against Chelsea and Wolves were rare reminders of his ability. More often, his attitude was questioned in a spell that seemed unproductive. Until he joined Chelsea, anyway.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos: 4

A wholehearted competitor, but just too clumsy and cumbersome. Liverpool's Europa League exit to Braga came from a penalty Kyrgiakos conceded; his last league start was notable for two more spot-kicks that derived, directly or indirectly, from his errors. Kenny Dalglish has shown a marked preference for younger and more mobile defenders since then.

Ryan Babel: 3.5

Before leaving for Hoffenheim, Babel's season may be best remembered for the doctored photo of Howard Webb he posted on Twitter. His time on Merseyside was increasingly frustrating and his departure amounted to a relief.

Joe Cole: 3.5

It may be cruel to highlight Steven Gerrard's pre-season suggestion that Cole could be Liverpool's Lionel Messi, but it illustrates the scale of his underachievement. His was a season that went wrong from the start, with the league debut dismissal against Arsenal setting the tone for a campaign that ended with Jonjo Shelvey being brought off the bench ahead of him.

Milan Jovanovic: 3

Started the season as the first-choice left winger, ended it as a forgotten man. The Serb averaged a goal every three games and claimed he rejected Real Madrid to sign for Liverpool, but a lofty reputation wasn't justified by displays lacking pace, creativity or a finish.

Christian Poulsen: 3

There was some amusement on Merseyside when a normally moderate Danish newspaper awarded Poulsen minus two out of 10 for a performance on international duty and there is a temptation to follow suit. An indelible association with Hodgson hardly helped his cause, but neither did desperately unambitious passing. It was telling that Dalglish swiftly promoted Jay Spearing ahead of him.

Paul Konchesky: 2

The phrase 'not a Liverpool player' has been bandied around a few times, but rarely with such accuracy. Konchesky's errors led to rather too many goals - Spurs' injury-time winner and a similarly late Stoke goal being prominent examples - and it is notable that Liverpool looked more solid with anyone else in the left-back position.


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