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March 10, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
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Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool

Nicklas Bendtner condemns Liverpool to third consecutive Premier League defeat as Reds' Champions League hopes fade

By Rob Stewart

  • Simon Mignolet
    4
    6
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    The Belgian's goal was only seriously threatened when he misjudged a Charlie Adam free-kick and was nearly caught out.

  • Phil Bardsley
    2
    3
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    The Scotland defender got the better of Craig Bellamy with a disciplined and determined show.

  • Wayne Bridge
    3
    3
    3.00

    Wayne Bridge

    The on-loan Manchester City defender was making his first Premier League start in ten months but it hardly showed because he looked comfortable.

  • Michael Turner
    6
    3
    4.00

    Michael Turner Top of the Match

    He was once tipped to join Liverpool during his Hull days and he showed why as he marked his 100th Premier League appearance with an imperious performance

  • John O'Shea
    2
    3
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    He played with a broken hand but he made sure that Luis Suarez was never given the chance to be a handful for Liverpool.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    3
    3
    3.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    England beware, the way the Swede works up and down the wing suggests he will be a menace to the Three Lions at Euro 2012.

  • Craig Gardner
    2
    3
    3.50

    Craig Gardner

    He was always a willing outlet for his defense and drove deep into enemy territory with plenty of purpose.

  • Jack Colback
    3
    4
    3.50

    Jack Colback

    He gave the Sunderland midfield a thrust that Liverpool were lacking thanks to his high-energy game.

  • James McClean
    1
    5
    3.00

    James McClean

    His battle with Martin Kelly was an intriguing one and it is fair to say the winger met his match in the Reds defender.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    5
    3
    3.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    The former Manchester United striker showed why he is in the frame for Euro 2012 for a lively performance and he played a crucial role in the decisive goal.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    21
    4
    3.50

    Nicklas Bendtner

    The on-loan Arsenal striker finally seems to be finding his feet on Wearside and as well as taking his goal well he led the line energetically before leaving the field on a stretcher.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    2
    4
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    He did his bit to make the points safe as Liverpool pressed for an equalizer.

  • Connor Wickham
    1
    4
    0.00

    Connor Wickham

    The England Under-21 striker did not have enough time to make an impact

  • Pepe Reina
    1
    12
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    You make your own luck and even though there was a touch of good fortune about the Sunderland goal, the stand-in skipper will know he should have done better.

  • José Enrique
    5
    7
    3.00

    José Enrique

    The former Newcastle left-back shrugged off the boo-boys to produce a neat and tidy display.

  • Sebastián Coates
    7
    15
    2.00

    Sebastián Coates Flop of the Match

    He looked like an accident waiting to happen and even struggled to get the simple things right on a day that does not bode well for his Premier League prospects.

  • Martin Kelly
    4
    8
    2.50

    Martin Kelly

    The right-back plays like an out-of-position center half and as well as struggling to contain James McClean he offered little going forward.

  • Martin Skrtel
    9
    7
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    His failure to stop Fraizer Campbell proved costly as Sunderland took the lead and he looked ill at ease alongside Coates.

  • Jordan Henderson
    4
    12
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    The fact he received more applause from Sunderland fans than their Liverpool counterparts when he was substituted said it all really.

  • Jay Spearing
    6
    11
    3.50

    Jay Spearing

    The anchorman called the shots in midfield and shielded his defence with plenty of purpose.

  • Charlie Adam
    2
    15
    2.50

    Charlie Adam

    There was plenty of perspiration but not enough inspiration from the Scot who failed to capitalize on plenty of possession and was hauled off midway through the second half.

  • Luis Suárez
    6
    14
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    If Sunderland fans tried to knock him out of his stride with their booing then they succeeded because little went right for the Uruguayan.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    5
    8
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    He worked his socks off but did not have enough guile to break down the Sunderland defense.

  • Craig Bellamy
    7
    6
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    He started brightly but faded badly and looked increasingly peripheral when he went off midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Steven Gerrard
    19
    2
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool was beyond saving even when their savior entered the fray.

  • Stewart Downing
    9
    3
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    The winger hardly had the chance to get going.

  • Andy Carroll
    6
    8
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    The former Newcastle skipper failed to make an impact.

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