Despite defeat some players put in good performances against The Red Devils at Old Trafford. The likes of Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel and in particular substitute Daniel Sturridge can all take heart from their performances.
Despite a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford Liverpool should certainly take heart from their performance against the league leaders; especially in the second half. They had United on the ropes at stages in the final period of the game as they looked increasingly like getting the equaliser.
Here are the Liverpool player ratings from the game.
Pepe Reina: 6
The Spaniard looked ropy in the first half but all criticism must be balanced and he could not be blamed for either of the goals. A good stop from Shinji Kagawa’s second half curler kept Liverpool in the game.
Andre Wisdom: 7
An assured performance to celebrate the signing of a new contract in the week; looks as if Liverpool have unearthed yet another gem.
Martin Skrtel: 7
Of the two centre-backs the Slovakian is the one who excelled. Was combative as ever in aerial challenges and for his part kept Robin Van Persie relatively quiet throughout.
Daniel Agger: 5
Not his best performance in a Liverpool shirt. Danny Welbeck’s movement troubled him all game while he lost sight of Van Persie for the first goal and would also have to take a degree of blame for United’s second.
Glen Johnson: 6
Playing out at left-back is becoming a normal thing for the England international and while he went forward with his usual gusto he was occasionally caught off his toes in defence; as he was for the second goal.
Joe Allen: 5
Not good enough from the summer signing. Was outshone by Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley in the opposing side when it came to retaining possession and was lucky one of his ‘hospital’ passes was not punished in the first half. Subbed off.
His job was to protect the back-four which essentially he did but mainly through proximity rather than class. A quiet game and Liverpool looked much more threatening when the Brazilian departed at half-time.
Steven Gerrard: 7
A poor first half for his lofty standards where he also seemed shot-shy from 20 yards. In the second half he became much more involved and it was the abandonment of this apparent unwillingness to shoot from distances that lead to Liverpool’s goal. Earned a second-half seven.
Stewart Downing: 5
He toiled throughout the game but remained a peripheral figure for almost its entirety.
Raheem Sterling: 5
The teenager needs a break. He looked ragged while he was on the pitch and was fodder for the United defenders. Subbed off.
Luis Suarez: 6
They all have them and Suarez certainly did on Sunday; a quiet game. He started to seem more threatening toward the end of the fixture but in reality he was outshone by his new strike partner.
Daniel Sturridge: 8
In his cameo appearance he was easily Liverpool’s best player. Injected some enthusiasm into their game and was not afraid to take players on and link up the play from midfield and attack with ease. Grabbed a deserved goal and the only criticism you could possibly have relates to his apparent need to shoot all the time.
Fabio Borini: 6
Came on after a long absence and did not really have enough time for a significant impact. Did however hit a volley that put a few hearts in Manchester mouths.
Jordan Henderson: 5
Not enough time on the pitch to make a full contribution.
What were your ratings for the Liverpool players?
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