Liverpool v Arsenal player ratings
Published 08/02/2014 | 15:13
Player ratings from today's clash between Liverpool and Arsenal
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.
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.
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.
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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