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October 20, 2012 7:30 PM IST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 44874‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Reading

The Reds earned just their third Premier League victory of 2012 at Anfield as a fine Raheem Sterling finish provided a rare highlight of a wasteful performance in front of goal

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Bradley Jones
    64
    1
    3.00

    Bradley Jones

    Had a quiet afternoon all-in-all but had to be alert to stop McCleary early in the second half.

  • Glen Johnson
    68
    1
    3.50

    Glen Johnson Top of the Match

    Had little defending to do and proved a thorn in Reading's side all day with his dangerous runs from full-back.

  • Daniel Agger
    54
    1
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Dominated Pogrebnyak aerially and continually nicked the ball from the Reading front man.

  • Martin Skrtel
    53
    1
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Not as busy as his centre-back partner but never anything less than solid.

  • Andre Wisdom
    51
    4
    3.00

    Andre Wisdom

    Not as prominent in an attacking sense as his fellow full-back Johnson but kept things simple and defended well.

  • Nuri Sahin
    61
    3
    3.00

    Nuri Sahin

    Played some delightful through balls and was incredibly efficient on the ball. Perhaps unfortunate to be substituted.

  • Steven Gerrard
    54
    4
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Showed an encouraging willingness to keep things simple and was denied a goal by a brilliant save.

  • Joe Allen
    52
    4
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    At the crux of everything Liverpool did well. May not yet be at Xabi Alonso's level, but provides the pivot the Reds have been lacking since the Spaniard's departure.

  • Suso
    64
    4
    3.50

    Suso

    Does not have the raw pace of Sterling, but was ruthlessly economical in possession all game.

  • Raheem Sterling
    72
    4
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Had showed some poor touches prior to his goal but recovered well to finish brilliantly. Perhaps faded in the second period.

  • Luis Suárez
    52
    13
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Could still provide more of a goal threat but laid on a lovely assist for Sterling in the first half and should have had an assist for Shelvey.

Substitutions

  • José Enrique
    48
    6
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Provided some threatening crosses as a makeshift left winger coming on late.

  • Jordan Henderson
    37
    2

    Jordan Henderson

    A much-needed fresh pair of legs in the final five minutes.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    36
    12
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Could have had a goal moments after his introduction but for a poor touch. Certainly gave the hosts further attacking impetus.

  • Alex McCarthy
    8
    2
    3.50

    Alex McCarthy

    Beaten by an excellent drive from Sterling but generally showed a safe pair of hands throughout the day, particularly as he was called upon regularly in the second half.

  • Nicky Shorey
    2
    3
    2.50

    Nicky Shorey

    Allowed Suso to move inside him regularly, which is the Spaniard's obvious preference from the right.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    1
    3
    2.50

    Adrian Mariappa

    Saved by his goalkeeper on several occasions as Suarez, Sterling and Gerrard ghosted beyond him with ease.

  • Kaspars Gorkss
    2
    3
    3.00

    Kaspars Gorkss

    Regularly argued with Mariappa over who should take the dangerous Suarez. That both did not want him was testament to the pair's failure to deal with the Uruguayan.

  • Shaun Cummings
    1
    5
    2.00

    Shaun Cummings Flop of the Match

    Given a torrid time by Sterling and Johnson all day as he unwisely failed to show both onto their wrong foot.

  • Jem Karacan
    1
    2

    Jem Karacan

    Forced to leave the field 25 minutes in after coming off worse from a 50-50 clash with Gerrard.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    1
    3
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Rarely passed forward as the deepest midfielder and could not close the space in front of the back four.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    5
    2
    3.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Tried to prompt his side into action on several occasions but was often let down by his midfield colleagues.

  • Jimmy Kebe
    1
    3
    2.50

    Jimmy Kebe

    Did not do enough to support his full-back with Johnson and Sterling running riot. Provided little going forward, either.

  • Danny Guthrie
    1
    3
    2.00

    Danny Guthrie

    Asked to support Pogrebnyak in an attacking midfield role. Saw very little of the ball as the Reds dominated and did not fulfil his other role - sitting on Joe Allen - well enough.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    2
    1
    2.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Had little to feed on as Liverpool dominated in midfield but was largely wasteful with what he did see of the ball.

Substitutions

  • Garath McCleary
    3
    2
    3.00

    Garath McCleary

    Introduced for the injured Karacan after 25 minutes. Missed the visitors' best chance as he failed to beat Jones one-on-one in the second half.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    3
    2
    3.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Had as much to work with as Pogrebnyak, and susbequently struggled.

  • Jason Roberts
    3
    2
    3.00

    Jason Roberts

    Gave Reading a physical target to hit and occasionally trouble Skrtel in his cameo.

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