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Played
November 25, 2012 4:30 PM EAT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 20621‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

An even encounter finished all-square on the return to the Liberty Stadium of Brendan Rodgers and Joe Allen with the visitors unable to capitalise on chances in the first half

By Joe Doyle

  • Gerhard Tremmel
    5
    2
    3.00

    Gerhard Tremmel

    Made a couple of good stops, the first to deny Johnson. Could do nothing about Sterling's volley that crashed off the bar. A simple catch from a Gerrard effort.

  • Chico
    3
    2
    3.00

    Chico

    Recovered from a knock to the ankle, but played a few risky passes that put Williams under some unnecessary pressure. Mostly did well when he faced Suarez.

  • Ashley Williams
    4
    1
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Mostly dealt well with Suarez, but the Uruguayan got the better of him occasionally. Saw a header cleared off the line, though it looked to be veering wide.

  • Ángel Rangel
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    Presented Sterling with a great opportunity after his misplaced clearance in the first 10 minutes, but saw the shot saved. Had a couple of chances to get forward, but was mostly pegged back with either Downing or Enrique attacking.

  • Ben Davies
    2
    3
    2.50

    Ben Davies

    Was a little slow to close down Johnson early on before a decent cross. Had a big problem when Suarez and Sterling broke late on, but stayed calm and perhaps got a bit lucky when the latter put too much on his pass.

  • Leon Britton
    4
    3
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    Made some good interceptions, in particular from Gerrard's silly back heel. A solid performance as ever, kept it simple with a typically high pass completion rate.

  • Michu
    7
    2
    3.50

    Michu

    Struggled to get on the ball in the opening half, but wasn't shy of a shot when he did, though most were blocked. Was a lot more dangerous in the second period, as he advanced into the striker's role but saw a penalty shout turned down.

  • Pablo Hernández
    8
    2
    4.00

    Pablo Hernández Top of the Match

    Worked the ball out from under his feet and curled a shot towards the far corner that just didn't bend enough. Wriggled away from Johnson before firing over. Found Michu well with a cross, and was a problem for the Reds to deal with when on the ball. Had a dangerous free kick tipped wide by Reina.

  • Wayne Routledge
    2
    1
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Got a good shot in early that was palmed wide by Reina. Put in a decent ball that Shechter couldn't get a touch on. Looked lively but couldn't carry over his form from the first half into the second and was subbed.

  • Jonathan De Guzmán
    0
    4
    2.00

    Jonathan De Guzmán

    Completely fluffed a great opening for the team. Should have passed when in a four-on-two situation, but shanked a shot miles wide. Was replaced late in the game after an ineffective second half.

  • Itay Shechter
    0
    5
    1.50

    Itay Shechter Flop of the Match

    Just couldn't get on the end of a Routledge through ball. Didn't get enough service from the midfield, but equally didn't really show signs that he can permanently oust Danny Graham from a starting role.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Dyer
    4
    1
    3.00

    Nathan Dyer

    Came on for Routledge and almost immediately saw a volley blocked. Got into a collision with Reina after a Downing mistake.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    4
    1
    2.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Came on at half-time, and slotted nicely into the centre of midfield. Made a very sloppy clearance that almost led to a goal though. Earned a free kick in a dangerous position.

  • Kemy Agustien
    0
    1

    Kemy Agustien

    A late arrival on the pitch, and did not have time to make an impact.

  • Pepe Reina
    13
    2
    3.50

    Pepe Reina

    Made a good stop early on from Routledge. Was brave in the second half and took a boot to the face for his troubles, but recovered. Made a good save from Hernandez's late free kick.

  • Glen Johnson
    14
    1
    4.00

    Glen Johnson

    A very impressive performance. Put in a great ball that Enrique couldn't direct on target. Showed great feet on more than one occasion, and would have opened the scoring but for a good save from Tremmel.

  • José Enrique
    13
    2
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Looked dangerous cutting in off the wing, but was guilty of taking one too many touches on occasion. Couldn't get a solid contact on a good cross from Johnson. Linked well with Suarez. Made a good block on Michu 10 minutes before the end.

  • Daniel Agger
    9
    1
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Dealt well with Shechter, but was troubled more by Michu in the second half. Survived a very soft penalty shout as he would have expected to.

  • Martin Skrtel
    10
    2
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Made some good blocks on Michu's shots in the opening 45 minutes, but was largely untroubled throughout with Agger man-marking the Spaniard.

  • Steven Gerrard
    4
    11
    1.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Attempted a silly back heel that almost led to an opener for Swansea. A sloppy first 45, with some misplaced passes. Had a curled effort in the second half but it was simple for Tremmel. Made one fine pass for Johnson, but nothing came from it.

  • Jordan Henderson
    6
    9
    2.00

    Jordan Henderson

    His first start of the Premier League season and alongside Allen was likely to be under close scrutiny, but started well. Was a little anonymous though, and replaced late in the game.

  • Stewart Downing
    4
    8
    2.00

    Stewart Downing

    Surprisingly switched to left-back by Rodgers, and made a decent start. A bad mistake let Dyer in late on and led to the collision between the winger and Reina, and he was subbed moments later.

  • Raheem Sterling
    6
    6
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Had an opportunity early on that he should have done better with. Hit a brilliant effort on the volley that struck the crossbar. Less influential in the second half. Overhit a vital pass to Suarez on the break that could have opened the scoring.

  • Joe Allen
    7
    3
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Was always going to be a difficult trip for the 22-year-old, but he did well mostly. Crisp passing was marred slightly by a couple more fouls than he needed to make, but a good performance.

  • Luis Suárez
    9
    2
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Was his usual lively self around the box, playing a fine ball for Enrique but he was just offside. Looked a cut above the rest, but as is sometimes the case, was lacking a finish to match his super work-rate.

Substitutions

  • Joe Cole
    1
    4
    2.50

    Joe Cole

    Joined the match late in the second half, and didn't get too many opportunities to impress, but made a couple of good runs off the ball and put in a decent cross.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    5
    3
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Replaced the ineffective Henderson, but had little time on the ball. Nonetheless, forced a good stop from Tremmel in his short time on the pitch.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0