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April 27, 2013 10:00 PM IST
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 52351‎
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fabio Borini 74′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool

A four-goal second-half blitz from Brendan Rodgers's side saw them condemn the Magpies to their second home defeat on the bounce and heaped pressure on Alan Pardew

By Charlie Scott at St James' Park

  • Rob Elliot
    3
    9
    2.50

    Rob Elliot

    Perhaps should have done better with Agger's opening goal but could do little about the following three as his defence made it too easy for Liverpool to carve out shooting opportunities.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    3
    8
    2.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Dived in to stop Sturridge getting a shot away early on but was nowhere to be seen as Agger scored Liverpool's opener. Troubled by the pace and trickery of the Reds' attackers throughout.

  • James Perch
    2
    9
    2.00

    James Perch

    His lack of movement in Newcastle's midfield pivote hindered their play, as they were outplayed by their opponents. Hauled off at half-time by Pardew.

  • Massadio Haidara
    3
    8
    2.50

    Massadio Haidara

    Stretched by the forward running of Johnson down Liverpool's right-hand side, although it was down the left that the visitors produced their goals.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    2
    14
    1.00

    Mathieu Debuchy Flop of the Match

    The Frenchman was at fault for two of Liverpool's goals as he twice failed to track the run of Henderson and he should have done better when Coutinho ran at him in the build-up to the third. Capped that off by being dismissed late on.

  • Steven Taylor
    2
    8
    1.50

    Steven Taylor

    Too slow on the turn when faced by the likes of Sturridge and Coutinho. Booked on the brink of half-time for dragging Sturridge to the floor after being skilfully turned on the halfway line.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    3
    8
    1.50

    Yohan Cabaye

    The France international barely featured in the first half, as Newcastle were overran by Liverpool's energetic midfield. Did not improve after the break.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    3
    7
    2.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    His impact in an attacking sense was limited by Liverpool's extended spells in possession. Forced to track back and help out defensively.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    2
    11
    1.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Simply awful for the home side. Gave the ball away repeatedly under little or no pressure and wasted a good shooting opportunity midway through the first half.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    3
    10
    1.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    The Ivorian continued to look out of sorts and was well off the pace in midfield. His performance was characterised by a number of mistimed challenges. Replaced after 65 minutes by Anita.

  • Papiss Cissé
    2
    9
    2.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Failed to hold the ball up for the Magpies but was not helped by the play of his teammates, particularly before the break.

Substitutions

  • Vurnon Anita
    2
    8
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    Brought on at Tiote's expense with just under half an hour to play. Passed the ball well during his time on the pitch.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    6
    7
    2.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Introduced at half-time and sparkled briefly for the home side before they conceded a third and fourth goal before the hour mark.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    5
    5
    2.00

    Yoan Gouffran

    Had little impact on the game after being brought on at the interval.

  • Pepe Reina
    31
    1
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Little to do all game as Newcastle failed to test Liverpool's defence. Plucked a number of crosses from the air well.

  • Glen Johnson
    31
    5
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Stretched Newcastle's left-back, Haidara, with his powerful runs forward and linked well with Coutinho on a number of occasions.

  • José Enrique
    33
    2
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Much to the home fans disdain it was their former employee who provided the cross from which Agger gave the visitors the lead. Bombed down the left-hand side to pin back Debuchy.

  • Daniel Agger
    42
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Scored the opening goal of the game with a close-range header after being left unmarked by Newcastle's defence and was confident at the back for the visitors.

  • Jamie Carragher
    33
    1
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Mopped up well in the first half on the rare occasions when Cisse threatened to break through on goal and was strong in the air throughout.

  • Steven Gerrard
    44
    1
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Metronomic with his passing in the centre of midfield for Rodgers' side as they dominated possession, before being withdrawn in the second half.

  • Coutinho
    92
    1
    4.50

    Coutinho Top of the Match

    The Brazilian's quality was emphatically clear today. His pass to Sturridge in the build-up to Liverpool's second was sublime, as was his assist for the same player in the second half.

  • Jordan Henderson
    54
    1
    4.00

    Jordan Henderson

    The former Sunderland man calmly added a second for Liverpool from close range after great play from Coutinho and Sturridge. He then provided an assist for Sturridge after latching on to a good pass from Gerrard, before scoring a second from a free kick late on to make it 6-0.

  • Stewart Downing
    38
    2
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    The left winger was confident on the ball without shining like some of his teammates around him, although his movement off the ball did create space for them to profit from.

  • Lucas Leiva
    37
    1
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    The Brazilian midfielder was very good alongside Gerrard in midfield as they easily won their battle with Tiote, Perch and Cabaye. Put in some brilliant challenges inside his own half.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    52
    3
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    The former Chelsea man revelled in a starting role in the absence of Suarez, as he netted twice after the break and linked brilliantly with Coutinho throughout. He showed great awareness to draw Elliot off his line and play Henderson in for Liverpool's second goal, before scoring twice after the interval.

Substitutions

  • Suso
    24
    4
    2.50

    Suso

    Had little chance to have any sort of impact on the game after coming on very late on.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    20
    8
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Introduced late on as Liverpool eased to a resounding victory. Calm in possession.

  • Fabio Borini
    43
    1
    3.50

    Fabio Borini

    The Italian came off the bench and scored Liverpool's fifth with a well-taken finish.

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