ALLAN MCGREGOR - 7
Couple of big stops in the first half kept us ahead, usual performance from Mr Consistency.
JAMES TAVERNIER - 7
A very measured performance, controlled going forward and solid at the back.
NIKO KATIC - 8
Had a spell in the first half where Ikpeazu got the better off him on 2-3 occasions but recovered well and was very alert for his goal. A real danger in the box.
CONNOR GOLDSON – 7
Seems to be coming out of his sticky patch and was decent here without being fantastic.
JON FLANAGAN - 7
Terrific tackle in the build up to the first goal, all about the controlled aggression there. Did his job well in what eventually became a bit of a training session.
STEVEN DAVIS - 7
RYAN JACK - 8
Took a fantastically worked goal very well with a very cool & composed finish.
GLEN KAMARA - 8
Outstanding speed of thought to release Defoe for the first goal, another who looks to be taking advantage of this new formation & the freedom it gives him. Covers the ground so well.
DANIEL CANDEIAS – 7
An awful half but produced one moment of quality to slip a perfect pass through to Jack for the second goal. Lovely, wicked dipping cross which found Katic at the back post for the third, as well.
SCOTT ARFIELD – 8 MOTM
Three excellent performances in a row for Arfield, not something we've been able to say too much this year! His movement & spatial awareness in this new formation is crucial and he works very well with Defoe. There were still three or four occasions where he just makes the wrong decision at the last minute, but can't grumble here.
JERMAINE DEFOE - 8
Really starting to build up a head of steam now and finishing the season very strongly. His movement is fantastic - see his run across Berra to create space for Candeias to find Jack.
GLENN MIDDLETON - 3
Deserved run out after being on fire for the reserves. Replaced Candeias here which is not his natural side but looked to get on the outside of their defence & create as much as he could.
KYLE LAFFERTY - 2
Ten minutes here & there isn't going to help him at all. Tough to see a role for him moving forwards.
MATT POLSTER - 2
A 5 minute debut, but good to see him getting it. Hopefully get some more game time before the season ends & we get a useful player for next season.
STEVEN GERRARD - 8
The new formation is working very well so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that. The first two goals were as a direct result of us winning the ball back and attacking centrally with excellent movement. As long as we are able to protect the full backs against teams who play with more width, then this could be very useful indeed.