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April 22, 2012 11:00 AM EDT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 43660‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-1 West Brom

A second half Peter Odemwingie strike following Glen Johnson's woeful error consigned the Reds to a disappointing defeat upon the return of Roy Hodgson

By David Lynch

  • Glen Johnson
    8
    16
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    A key part of the Reds' attack in wide areas again but made an error at a crucial time to gift a goal to the visitors.

  • José Enrique
    10
    9
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Can hold on to the ball at times for too long but is always efficient defensively.

  • Daniel Agger
    15
    7
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Occasionally tried to win things which he had no right in going for and caused the rare moments of uncertainty at the back from which the Reds suffered.

  • Martin Skrtel
    42
    4
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Won everything aerially and dominated Long and Odemwingie.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    9
    11
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Quite simply, the Argentine makes Liverpool play better. Involved in several impressive exchanges but failed to find the goal which he seemingly always gets.

  • Jordan Henderson
    12
    11
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Not yet ready to hold down a central midfield role as proved by his performance. Unfortunate to see his shot cannon back off the bar in the second half.

  • Jay Spearing
    12
    9
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    Part of a weak midfield which was generally bypassed by the hosts. Misplaced several passes but showed bite in the tackle as always.

  • Luis Suárez
    35
    11
    3.50

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Back to his best. A creative live wire up front but showed the wasteful finishing after some fine footwork which has characterized his season.

  • Andy Carroll
    18
    10
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Monstrous in the air and showed some fine touches with the ball at his feet. Difficult to see his goal threat at times though.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    9
    14
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    Not the Dutchman's best performance in a red shirt. Sloppy on the ball and struggled to get involved.

Substitutions

  • Stewart Downing
    8
    15
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Failed to provide the killer cross which had been asked of him.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    9
    8
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Had little chance to affect matters in the middle as the Reds pushed the ball wide in search of a goal.

  • Craig Bellamy
    11
    7
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Added impetus that had been lacking down the right-hand side.

  • Ben Foster
    5
    2
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    Commanded his back four but was let off several times by the hosts' profligate finishing.

  • Jonas Olsson
    2
    2
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Had an incredibly uncomfortable afternoon up against Suarez's trickery and Carroll's aerial threat. Didn't look able to deal with either.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    3
    1
    3.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    The best contribution to the Baggies' defensive effort. Marshaled Kuyt well but did struggle when Johnson doubled up.

  • Gareth McAuley
    3
    0
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Struggled just as much as Olsson at times but did help put in some crucial blocks as the Reds dominated.

  • Billy Jones
    2
    1
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Much of the hosts' attacking threat came down the right as Jones was woefully exposed by Maxi's movement.

  • Chris Brunt
    3
    0
    3.00

    Chris Brunt

    Denied brilliantly by Reina in the first half before a quiet but disciplined performance.

  • Jerome Thomas
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jerome Thomas

    Subbed in the second half after a hard working performance of little attacking intent.

  • Graham Dorrans
    2
    1
    2.50

    Graham Dorrans

    Part of an anemic West Brom midfield performance, even against the inexperienced Henderson and Spearing.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    2
    2
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Crashed in with several tackles but looked ineffective on the ball.

  • Shane Long
    7
    8
    2.00

    Shane Long Flop of the Match

    Won a brilliant header to set Chris Brunt free in the first half but struggled otherwise and took the inexplicable decision to turn his back on goal when through late on.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    12
    2
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    More involved than his strike partner Long and gave Agger a few moments of discomfort. Took his goal coolly under pressure.

Substitutions

  • Keith Andrews
    7
    0
    3.00

    Keith Andrews

    Provided much needed fresh legs as the Reds turned the screw.

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
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2