Before this tie the goalkeeper would have anticipated a very busy evening, but that wasn’t really the case as Liverpool created few clear-cut chances, while he did well enough in the rare occasions we was forced into action.
The defender was certainly involved a fair amount, particularly with some hard challenges including one wild lunge that earned him a yellow card inside the first 10 minutes and he was fairly solid for the rest of the night, although his set-piece delivery was awful.
Decent performance for the most part as he helped keep Borini firmly under wraps. Almost put the ball in his own net when he flicked on a Gerrard free kick, but luckily for him he put it just wide.
Clipped Gerrard’s heel in the penalty area early on as the Reds’ captain looked to get on the end of a long ball from Henderson, but luckily for the 26-year-old the referee saw it as an accident. Looked dangerous going forward from left-back and should have had an assist when Voronkov headed his excellent chipped cross over the bar.
Sitting alongside Voronkov, he was fairly effective as he broke-up play and got the ball forward from his deep position, but his passing was all over the place.
Went close early on with an effort from range, but it fizzed over the bar. After that much of his duties were based in his own-half as he and Kozeka looked to nullify the attacking threat of Enrique, a ploy that worked well.
Wasn’t able to have that much impact in open play as the wide man was seemingly deployed in a more defensive role in an attempt to counter the threat of Enrique at left-back, but he very nearly opened the scoring just before half time as he arrived late from a corner and knocked the ball over.
The central midfielder looked very composed on the ball and was rarely dispossessed, but his passing could have been more expansive.
The Ukrainian had a very effective game in the centre of midfield, putting in a number of tackles and generally shielding his defence well, particularly before the break, but he should have given his side the lead in the first half when he headed Platanov’s inch-perfect delivery over.
One of Gomel’s quietest players. He struggled to contribute in attack and didn’t get back enough when the Belarusians were defending.
The best player on the pitch and undoubtedly Gomel’s most lively front man as he continuously tried to get in behind the Liverpool defence. He made himself a number of chances, but his shooting wasn’t quite as effective as his energy and power as he missed the target on several occasions.
The Australian is expected to depart Anfield this summer, but this performance showed he is certainly a decent enough back-up. When called upon he made all the saves he needed to and came away with a clean sheet.
Quite an uncharacteristically shaky evening for the Slovakian defender. Had to contend with Alumona all night and on many occasions he failed to rise to the challenge as the pace and power of the forward was simply too much at times.
The club veteran was making his 700th appearance for Liverpool and although he will have had tougher evenings in his career, Alumona certainly gave him something to think about, with the Russian’s pace and movement forcing the defender to take a step back.
Put in some very good tackles when tracking back and, as ever, he offered support to team-mates in attack, but got caught out positionally several times, with Platanov exploiting that and nearly creating a goal.
The Spaniard had a comfortable evening at the back as most of the Gomel attacks were focussed through the centre or down the left, but disappointingly he offered little in attack.
His passing was generally accurate, if a bit conservative. Defensively, Henderson was bypassed by the Belarusians and he was replaced with just under 30 minutes to go by Lucas.
Started fairly lively on the right-wing, getting in a couple of crosses, but was then anonymous until he opened the scoring in excellent fashion with 20 minutes to go. The England international cut inside from the right and let rip with his left foot, and the shot flew into the bottom corner. He won’t be happy with his overall performance, but he’ll be delighted with the goal.
The only one of Liverpool’s midfield who looked interested in getting forward, but most of the time he had few people to pick out as Borini was crowded out and the wingers were not in support. The England captain’s passing was accurate and his tackling was good.
Anchored a very pragmatic Liverpool midfield and had little effect. When Gomel attacked he was rarely offered a great deal of help, particularly against Alumona who ran Liverpool ragged at times.
You would have been forgiven if you didn’t realise the Italian was even on the pitch in the first half, while he wasn’t much more involved after the break, but the service to him was dreadful.
Came on for Johnson at half time and had an easy 45 minutes. He was less inclined to get forward than Johnson, meaning he wasn’t caught out of position and Platanov struggled to make an impact against him.
Replaced Henderson and offered added composure and stability in the midfield as Gomel pressed for an equaliser.
Replaced Cole quite early on and was very quiet initially, but he came to life in the second half and enjoyed a number of clever runs. It looks as though this season will be his breakout year with the Liverpool first team and if he gets some consistency as well a better final ball, Liverpool will have a delightful player on their hands.