Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: Player ratings

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1: Player ratings as Reds come back to beat nine-man Magpies but fall short of title at Anfield

By Arandeep Dhillon
Liverpool
2
Newcastle
1

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Helpless for the goal and produced a fine stop to deny Gouffran doubling Newcastle’s lead in the first half. 7/10

Glen Johnson Strived to get up the field but seemed to run out of ideas in what could have been the defender’s last match at Anfield. 5

Martin Skrtel Started brightly but scored his fourth own goal of the season after lashing at and subsequently diverting a cross into his own net. 5

Daniel Agger Looked calm at the back. Also was a constant threat at the other end from set-pieces, and produced a brilliant finish for the equaliser. 6

Jon Flanagan Struggled to get into the match and was replaced by Brendan Rodgers at the interval. 5

Steven Gerrard Like some of his team-mates, the captain looked a shade behind the pace at times but still produced several of his trademark passes across the park. 6

Joe Allen Let the game pass him by in the early stages, and while he came into it as it progressed, he had little impact. 5

Jordan Henderson (man-of-the-match) The former Sunderland man made his presence known in the middle of the park and should have had an assist to his name following an inch-perfect delivery to Sturridge. 7

Raheem Sterling Made a series of dangerous passes in the attacking third but never really got behind the Newcastle defence until late on. 6

Luis Suarez Had his impressive, quickly-taken free-kick ruled out, but continued to trouble the visitors and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. 6

Daniel Sturridge A mixed performance from the England international, displayed impressive movement throughout but lacked his usual killer instinct until he calmly gave the hosts the lead. 6

Substitutes

Aly Cissokho Kept it tight after his half-time introduction. 5

Philippe Coutinho Changed the game with his pace, wit and desire to get at the defence. 7

Lucas Had little impact. 5

Newcastle United

Tim Krul Carried out his duties impressively, including smart stops from Agger and Suarez, when the goal beckoned. 6

Mathieu Debuchy Another solid performance at the back, was always positive on the ball and looked to make things happen from the back. 6

Mike Williamson Had the difficult task of marking Suarez and coped fairly well, apart from mistiming some challenges around the box. 5

Fabricio Coloccini Solid in stages and showed glimpses of why Newcastle fans will be pleased to see him next season after the Argentine declared he will be staying at the club. 5

Steven Taylor Bright opening and looked comfortable but began to struggle and was replaced in the the second half. 5

Massadio Haidara Went about his business quietly, looked comfortable when in possession as he roamed around the park. 5

Moussa Sissoko Got his foot on the ball in the middle of the field but never really found the space to make things happen and supply the attackers. 5

Vurnon Anita Looked to get up the field to aid his team in attack but blazed over his first-half effort with Liverpool stopper Mignolet out of position. 5

Cheick Tiote Energetic as ever despite struggling to get involved in the second half, when his side really needed him. 5

Yoan Gouffran Great delivery into the danger area which led to his team’s goal, though could have double the lead, only for his effort to be thwarted away. 6

Shola Ameobi Had an early effort just off target and wasted another opportunity but held the ball up impressively before being shown red for dissent. 5

Substitutes

Luuk de Jong Did little to show why the Newcastle board should keep him at St James’ Park. 4

Paul Dummett Maybe it was harsh, but showed red for a reckless challenge as his team’s hopes further distinguished. 3

Sammy Ameobi Did not receive the service to work Mignolet. 5

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