Liverpool 3 Man City 2: Player ratings as Reds stay top

Liverpool 3 Man City 2: Player ratings as the Reds win to take a big step towards winning the Premier League title

By Rohit Chavda
Liverpool
2
Man City
2

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Blameless for both goals. The Belgian was commanding throughout the game and was only caught out for a corner, which was cleared off the line. Produced good saves to keep out Fernandinho and Dzeko. 6/10

Glen Johnson Got forward well to support the attacks but his crossing let him down. Defending was poor and was caught out of position a couple times. 5

Jon Flanagan Linked well with Sterling down Liverpool’s left side. Attacked well, defended admirably and was rarely out of position. Highlight of the match was a crunching tackle on Milner, winning the ball cleanly. 7

Steven Gerrard Another good game in the anchor role position and commanded the Liverpool midfield fearlessly. Had a free header from a corner to produce a fine save from Joe Hart. Set up Skrtel’s goal. 7

Martin Skrtel Scored a free header that capped an assured performance. Controlled at the back and defended well. 7

Mamadou Sakho Lucky to get away with a clumsy tackle in the box that should have warranted a penalty. Other than that, the defender was solid at the back. 6

Philippe Coutinho (man of the match) Started like a house on fire, causing City a heap of problems. A top performance was capped with a superb finish into the bottom corner, which was gifted from Vincent Kompany’s poor clearance. He was eventually substituted, receiving a standing ovation. 9

Jordan Henderson A Jekyll and Hyde performance. Had a great first half, distributing the ball well and playing a central figure in the attacks. But after the break almost gifted City a third goal with a poor back-pass. Was sent off for a studs-up tackle on Samir Nasri, giving the referee no choice but to show red. 7

Daniel Sturridge Missed a great opportunity to put Liverpool 2-0 up early on. Made a positive darting run into the box but was stopped by inch-perfect challenge by Zabaleta. Substituted with a hamstring injury. 7

Raheem Sterling The England youngster showed great composure in front of goal to slot home and open the scoring for Liverpool. Caused City problems with his electric pace and dribbling. Acted well defensively when called upon, clearing a Kompany header off the line. 9

Luis Suarez Booked early on for late tackle on Demichelis. Showed signs of brilliance with a neat through ball to Sterling, slicing the City defence for Liverpool’s first goal. 7

Substitutes

Joe Allen Failed to make an impact when brought on, lacking the required pace for Liverpool’s attack. 5

Lucas Leiva Failed to make an impact. 4

Victor Moses Failed to make an impact. 4

Manchester City

Joe Hart Let down by his defence, he was completely helpless for all three goals. Made a fantastic save from a Steven Gerrard header. 6

Pablo Zabaleta Wasn’t allowed to move forward, with Liverpool charging down the flanks. Made a crucial challenge to stop Sturridge in the box. Gradually got forward more as game came to a close. 6

Gael Clichy Poor marking to allow Martin Skrtel a free header for Liverpool’s second goal. Made another mistake in the second half that Liverpool failed to capitalise on. Overall, a bad game for the Frenchman. 4

Fernandinho Was unable to produce a commanding performance, being out-played by Liverpool’s fluid movement in the midfield. Had a great shot on goal but was stopped by a good save by Mignolet. Improved as game went on but was average at best. 5

Vincent Kompany Struggled with the pace of Liverpool’s early movement that led to the first goal. Developed as the game went on, having a headed chance cleared off the line. City’s fightback was ultimately undone by his lazy clearance, which cost City and gifted Liverpool’s third goal. 4

Martín Demichelis Did well considering the lack of help from midfield. Like the most of the City team, the Argentine was blown away by the speed of Liverpool’s attack. 5

Jesús Navas Never really got to show his blistering pace and failed to deliver many opportunities into the box. One, however, did reach Fernandinho but the chance was stopped by Liverpool. Was eventually replaced by Milner. 4

Yaya Touré Unusually lacked a presence in the midfield and failed to make an impact before picking up an early injury to his left knee. 5

Edin Dzeko Lacked any real service throughout the game. Made a few decent runs and was denied by a good save by Mignolet, before being subbed for Aguero. 6

David Silva Took the game by the scruff of the neck and was at the heart of everything positive that City did. Great finish to cap a fine move to net the visitors’ first and linked up well in the box with Nasri for City’s second. 8

Samir Nasri A lost man in the first half but improved in the second. He had a lot more involvement, combining well with Silva, which led to City’s second goal. Not his normal attacking self. 6

Substitutes

Javi García Replaced the injured Toure early on. Made a poor tackle from behind which seem like his only contribution to the game. 4

James Milner Imposed himself from the off with clever dribble before laying a sweet pass to assist Silva. Was a constant threat on the wing when he came on. 6

Sergio Aguero First meaningful run nearly leads to a goal for City. 5

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