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1 vs 0
Played
August 17, 2013 5:15 PM IST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 44822‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City

The Reds were indebted to Daniel Sturridge's magnificent first-half strike before Simon Mignolet's late penalty save secured a first home win on opening day since 2001

By Tom Marshall-Bailey at Anfield

  • Simon Mignolet
    245
    10
    4.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Looked shaky in the early stages and nearly handed Stoke the lead by flapping at a corner but endeared himself to the Kop faithful with a late penalty stop to deny the visitors a point.

  • Glen Johnson
    99
    9
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    An attacking outlet for the Reds throughout and was always comfortable on the ball as Liverpool looked to get their passing game going from the back.

  • José Enrique
    88
    11
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Strong in the challenge and assisted Coutinho down the left as they doubled up on the Stoke full-back to devastating effect.

  • Kolo Toure
    152
    4
    3.50

    Kolo Toure

    A solid start from the former Arsenal and Manchester City defender, who appeared calm and composed when in possession. Almost opened his account with a bullet header.

  • Daniel Agger
    92
    24
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Diligent in his defensive duties even if his passing was sometimes off. Dominated Crouch aerially and posed a threat at set pieces. Ludicrous handball at the end nearly cost his side badly.

  • Steven Gerrard
    145
    8
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    A commanding presence in the midfield as always, the captain's delivery from set-pieces was immaculate. Controlled the game.

  • Coutinho
    200
    5
    3.50

    Coutinho

    The tricky little playmaker was at his instrumental best. Pulled the strings in the middle of the pitch and always had his head up when on the ball as he looked to make things happen.

  • Jordan Henderson
    93
    24
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    A typically combative performance from the ever-improving midfielder, but his tentative play in the final third sometimes let him down, such as his gilt-edged miss which would have given his side the lead.

  • Lucas Leiva
    106
    15
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Solid enough in his role as the shield in the midfield three. Was booked for an over-zealous tackle in the opening period but helped prevent the threats of Etherington and Walters out wide when the Reds' full-backs bombed forward.

  • Iago Aspas
    104
    14
    3.00

    Iago Aspas

    An encouraging debut for the Spaniard as he linked up well with his fellow forwards and looked to get involved whenever he could. Was unlucky not to register his first goal for the club.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    170
    5
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Superb performance from Liverpool's key frontman, who appears to be settled into his new surroundings. Took his goal with aplomb and looked comfortable interchanging with the fluid frontline.

Substitutions

  • Raheem Sterling
    66
    20
    2.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Kept Liverpool ticking over towards the final whistle with an accomplished display in possession. Helped out Enrique with defensive duties too.

  • Asmir Begovic
    174
    9
    4.00

    Asmir Begovic Top of the Match

    Kept his side in the match with a string of superb saves, and was also very consistent with his distribution in a fine all-round display. Undoubted man of the match.

  • Erik Pieters
    8
    18
    2.50

    Erik Pieters

    Tough baptism of fire for the Dutch full-back, who endured a torrid time down the left as Aspas, Sturridge and Johnson all looked to get at him down his flank.

  • Robert Huth
    8
    20
    2.50

    Robert Huth

    Was mesmerised by some of the Reds' intelligent movement and was often caught out of position. Unlucky to see his volley crash against the bar early on.

  • Geoff Cameron
    5
    18
    2.50

    Geoff Cameron

    Was neat in possession but struggled to get to grips with the influential Coutinho and was drawn into fouls regularly.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    14
    14
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    The captain tried to organise his backline and lead by example but struggled to get to grips with the strikers he was attempting to mark.

  • Marc Wilson
    3
    18
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    Given a surprise role in midfield but was largely anonymous throughout. Failed to link up well enough with Crouch, who came deep looking for the ball.

  • Glenn Whelan
    3
    17
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    The Republic of Ireland midfielder was industrious, if nothing else. Was sometimes sloppy in possession and often overrun by the impressive Gerrard in the engine room.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    9
    19
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    A resilient display from Stoke's hardman but he was unable to have much effect as Liverpool passed their way neatly through the Potters' three-man midfield unit.

  • Matthew Etherington
    4
    17
    3.00

    Matthew Etherington

    Typically lively but his end product was often lacking as he looked to get the better of Johnson. Did not help out the struggling Pieters enough.

  • Jonathan Walters
    2
    35
    2.00

    Jonathan Walters

    Tried his utmost to make something happen for his side but with little success. Tested Mignolet with a curling strike in the first half. His side's performance was perhaps best summed up by his late penalty miss.

  • Peter Crouch
    8
    30
    2.00

    Peter Crouch Flop of the Match

    Could not get the better of the impressive pairing of Toure and Agger and came deep to find possession, but was often unable to keep hold of the ball or bring his team-mates into the game.

Substitutions

  • Jermaine Pennant
    4
    18
    2.50

    Jermaine Pennant

    Struggled to get to grips with the pace of the game when he came on and had no notable impact during his time on the field.

  • Charlie Adam
    19
    14
    2.50

    Charlie Adam

    Was introduced by manager Mark Hughes to help his side get the ball down and control proceedings, but he was a peripheral figure as Liverpool continued to dictate.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    5
    17
    2.50

    Kenwyne Jones

    Came on with 10 minutes left and missed from the rebound of Walters' penalty in his only meaningful contribution.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2