Thursday 25 December 2014

Liverpool v Arsenal player ratings

Andy Hampson

Published 08/02/2014 | 15:13

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his teams fifth goal of the game with teammate Daniel Sturridge (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his teams fifth goal of the game with teammate Daniel Sturridge (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield

Player ratings from today's clash between Liverpool and Arsenal

LIVERPOOL

SIMON MIGNOLET: Not greatly tested but held firm when needed - 6/10.

JOHN FLANAGAN: Got forward often and showed good passing ability - 8.

MARTIN SKRTEL: Set the tone for the victory with two early goals in strong display - 9.

KOLO TOURE: Could also have got on the scoresheet as the Reds made strong start - 7.

ALY CISSOKHO: The quieter member of the Liverpool back four but solid enough - 7.

JORDAN HENDERSON: Lively performance, getting back to win possession and charging forward - 9

STEVEN GERRARD: Superb set-piece delivery undid Arsenal and was defensively sound, the penalty incident aside - 8.

RAHEEM STERLING: The Gunners could not handle his pace and he punished them in front of goal - 9.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO: Showed good movement, trickery and passing and was unlucky not to get a goal - 8.

DANIEL STURRIDGE: A typical high-energy display rewarded with yet another goal - 8.

LUIS SUAREZ: Not on the scoresheet, but not for lack of trying in another mesmerising performance in which he hit post - 9.

 

SUBSTITUTES:

JOE ALLEN (on for Sturridge, 66): Allowed Sturridge a rest and held firm - 6.

JORDON IBE (on for Gerrard, 76): Made a lively late introduction - 6.

IAGO ASPAS (on for Suarez, 86): Still awaiting his first Liverpool goal after late introduction - 5.

 

ARSENAL

WOJCIECH SZCZESNY: Could do little to stem the tide as Liverpool attacked relentlessly - 5.

BACARY SAGNA: Unable to exert his usual influence on the right flank - 5.

PER MERTESACKER: A rare off-day for the German, who was unconvincing - 5.

LAURENT KOSCIELNY: Made some anxious clearances as Liverpool ran at him mercilessly - 5.

NACHO MONREAL: Was troubled by Sturridge early on and things hardly got better - 5.

MESUT OZIL: Caught in possession too often - sometimes costly - and his delivery was wayward - 5.

JACK WILSHERE: Tried to impose himself but was clearly not fully match-fit and Liverpool refused to give him time on the ball - 6.

MIKEL ARTETA: Forced to play too deeply to have a major influence but took penalty coolly - 6.

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: His dangerous runs were too infrequent to seriously worry Liverpool - 6.

SANTI CAZORLA: Also pushed back and struggled to break out - 5.

OLIVIER GIROUD: Was hardly given a touch of the ball and did not look greatly effective when he did - 5.

 

SUBSTITUTES:

LUKAS PODOLSKI (on for Giroud, 60): Replaced the ineffective Giroud but fared little better - 5.

KIERAN GIBBS (on for Monreal, 61): Brought a bit more solidity - 6.

TOMAS ROSICKY (on for Ozil, 61): Gave the Gunners another option but damage was done - 5.

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