Liverpool player ratings v West Ham: Gerrard steals the show!

Liverpool remain on course to take the title race down to the wire after beating West Ham at Upton Park.

Liverpool maintained their Premier League title challenge with a hard earned win away at West Ham United under controversial circumstances.

Liverpool went ahead through a Steven Gerrard penalty before Guy Demel equalised for the Hammers despite one of the most obvious fouls you’re ever likely to see from striker Andy Carroll.

Brendan Rodgers’ men were then awarded another penalty after West Ham goalkeeper Adrian appeared to make contact with the ball.

Here are our player ratings for the game.

Simon Mignolet 6

Did a decent job considering the immense amount of physical pressure he was put under. Could do nothing about the goal.

Glen Johnson 6

Battled well down the right hand side. He’s been very consistent and was effective at both ends of the pitch.

Martin Skrtel 6

Dealt with West Ham’s physical presence more in the second-half. Got stuck in and gave as good as he got.

Mamadou Sakho 6

Looked solid throughout the game. Clearly very fresh and well composed on the ball when he needed to mop up and move possession forward quickly.

Jon Flanagan 6

A decent game and he got forward well when he had the time and space to do so. Won the second penalty and dealt with anything West Ham threw at him.

Raheem Sterling 6

Not the best performance that he’ll produce in a Liverpool shirt but he was effective. His pace is frightening at times.

Philippe Coutinho 5

Struggled with the physical nature of the way West Ham play. Upon reflection, Rodgers probably would have started Lucas.

Steven Gerrard 8

A real captain’s performance. Great composure with both penalties and grabbed the side by the scruff of the neck at key times during the game.

Jordan Henderson 6

Worked hard throughout. Covered multiple positions and always gave one of his teammates an option when they found themselves under pressure.

Daniel Sturridge 6

Had some flashes of the sort of form we’ve grown used to this season. Worked hard and always provided an outlet.

Luis Suarez 7

His normal self, causing chaos in the opposition defence. Always looked for a way through the West Ham back four, trying to get any advantage he could with ricochets and deflections.


Lucas 5

Worked hard when he came on after 45 minutes. Provided extra strength into the middle of the team.

Kolo Toure N/A

Didn’t have the time to make a major impact. Was thrown on with Rodgers looking to protect the lead.

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