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December 27, 2012 3:45 AM MYT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 27490‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke 3-1 Liverpool

The Potters came from behind after conceding an early penalty to comfortably beat a poor Liverpool side in an enthralling Premier League encounter at the Britannia

By Alfie Meekings

  • Asmir Begovic
    7
    6
    2.50

    Asmir Begovic

    Was beaten early on by a penalty that he could do nothing about, but was only called upon for routine saves thereafter, which he dispatched with minimum effort.

  • Geoff Cameron
    2
    7
    2.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Had a good evening going forwards and looked good defensively for the first 20 minutes. However, when Stewart Downing and Suso swapped flanks, Cameron struggled to deal with the Englishman and moved to left-back.

  • Robert Huth
    5
    5
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Showed great presence in the air to dismiss any aerial threats that the visitors attempted to provide. Also dealt with a lively Luis Suarez well, affording the Uruguayan little time on the ball.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    1
    8
    2.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Gave away a needless early penalty, bringing down Luis Suarez when he didn't appear to be threatening the Stoke goal. Looked a little out of sorts and was beaten a little too easily on a number of occasions.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    1
    6
    3.00

    Andy Wilkinson

    Followed a lively Stewart Downing wherever he went and did well to keep him contained for the majority of the match.

  • Glenn Whelan
    2
    4
    3.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Performed a tireless role in a fantastic Stoke midfield. Continued to press Glenn Johnson, forcing the right-back to run towards his own goal and nullifying his attacking threat.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    2
    4
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Although praised for his defensive qualities, Nzonzi made a number of threatening attacking runs against a struggling Liverpool midfield.

  • Michael Kightly
    2
    4
    3.00

    Michael Kightly

    Put a lot of pressure on the Liverpool midfield, really testing the strength of their passing philosophy. Forced the opposition into backward passes on a number of occasions. Substituted just after the hour mark for Dean Whitehead.

  • Matthew Etherington
    1
    5
    3.00

    Matthew Etherington

    Looked lively throughout the match, worrying the Reds' defence with his pace and ability on the ball. Struck a shot which looked destined to find the back of the net, but for a fingertip save from Pepe Reina.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    5
    3
    4.00

    Kenwyne Jones Top of the Match

    Terrorised the Liverpool defence all evening, with a dominant show of aerial ability. Provided two headed assists for Walters' goals as well as scoring a header of his own. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel had no answer for the Welshman, as he also tirelessly pressed the opposition defence.

  • Jonathan Walters
    5
    4
    3.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Read the play in the build up to his first goal well, ensuring that he made it on the end to Jones' flick on. Also scored the pick of the goals with his second, as he volleyed emphatically into the top corner.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Shotton
    1
    5

    Ryan Shotton

    Late substitution.

  • Dean Whitehead
    1
    5
    2.50

    Dean Whitehead

    Came on for Kightly and put in a good performance. Ran tirelessly down the right and gave the Liverpool defence another threat to worry about, creating room for Stoke's other attacking players.

  • Peter Crouch
    1
    5
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Came on late in the game for Jones, but didn't really have time to impact the match.

  • Pepe Reina
    6
    11
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard made a fantastic fingertip save from a strong Matthew Etherington strike in the first half and foiled the winger again later in the period with some brave goalkeeping. Could not have done anything to prevent the goals.

  • Glen Johnson
    8
    7
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    Kept Kightly quiet down the Stoke left side, but in doing so was prevented from providing much of an attacking threat for his side.

  • José Enrique
    10
    6
    2.00

    José Enrique

    Performed his defensive duties well, but failed to provide the characteristic attacking threat that fans have come to expect from the Spaniard. Often left Suso isolated on the left wing.

  • Daniel Agger
    8
    9
    1.50

    Daniel Agger Flop of the Match

    Failed to stay with Kenwyne Jones from a corner, allowing the Welshman to score with a free header. He could also perhaps have done more to prevent Jones winning a header in the build up to Stoke's first goal.

  • Martin Skrtel
    9
    8
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Looked comfortable for the majority of the game alongside an unconvincing defensive partner in Daniel Agger. However, like his defensive partner he fell victim to Kenwyne Jones' power and strength for Stoke's third.

  • Steven Gerrard
    10
    8
    2.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Although he showed great composure to score from the spot inside the first minute, he failed to perform defensively on multiple occasions. Could have prevented Jones' goal had he judged the flight of the ball more accurately.

  • Stewart Downing
    6
    13
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Looked threatening on occasion, but was largely nullified by Wilkinson. Attempted to switch flanks to evade the left-back's attentions, but he was tracked well by the 28-year-old everywhere he went. Replaced by Joe Cole after a quiet second half.

  • Lucas Leiva
    8
    8
    2.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Tried to protect his defence, but was often caught out by a hardworking Stoke midfield who moved the ball quickly around the middle of the pitch. Failed to really do his job and was replaced early in the second half by Jordan Henderson.

  • Suso
    8
    8
    2.00

    Suso

    Looked as though he could cause the Stoke defence problems early on with a good display of trickery and plenty of pace. However, Wilkinson was equal to the Spaniard and nullified his threat. Substituted at half-time for Raheem Sterling.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    5
    12
    2.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Often found himself forced to pick up the ball in deeper areas, leaving Suarez without enough support up front. Not completely to blame for this, as Stoke pressed his side well. But could have done a little more to aid the Uruguayan.

  • Luis Suárez
    15
    5
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    Suarez was at the heart of everything positive for Liverpool and displayed his tenacity and power from the first minute, forcing Shawcross into conceding a penalty and gifting his side a goal.

Substitutions

  • Joe Cole
    5
    8
    2.50

    Joe Cole

    Linked up well with Luis Suarez, but was not on the pitch long enough to really influence the game.

  • Jordan Henderson
    7
    7
    2.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Replaced Lucas, but failed to protect his defence much the same way as the Brazilian had.

  • Raheem Sterling
    10
    5
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Within minutes of coming on, he showed the threat he can pose by racing past Ryan Shawcross and laying a chance on a plate for Luis Suarez. Continously worried the Stoke defenders with intelligent runs.

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
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0