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Played
January 28, 2012 7:45 AM EST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 43952‎
 
21′ Daniel Agger
Ji-Sung Park 39′
88′ Dirk Kuyt
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

Late Kuyt winner puts hosts in the fifth round after Agger opener was cancelled out by Park strike

By Greg Stobart

  • Pepe Reina
    129
    10
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard had little to do in the Liverpool goal. Wrong-footed for Park's equalizer and had one scary moment after the break when he rushed out to challenge Welbeck.

  • José Enrique
    94
    48
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Tidy on the ball but found it tough against Valencia. Beaten by the Ecuadorian winger on a few occasions and make a weak challenge on Rafael in the build-up to Park's goal.

  • Martin Skrtel
    186
    11
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Strong and commanding at the heart of the Liverpool defense, denying Welbeck space to cause damage.

  • Daniel Agger
    252
    19
    3.50

    Daniel Agger Top of the Match

    The Dane showed good anticipation and looked to build from the back with accurate passing. Gave Liverpool the lead in the 21st minute with an excellent jump and header from Gerrard's corner.

  • Martin Kelly
    163
    14
    3.50

    Martin Kelly

    The young full back was selected ahead of Glen Johnson and produced a very sound defensive performance, sharp in his tackling and alert positionally.

  • Jamie Carragher
    78
    71
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    On his 34th birthday, the Liverpool stalwart made a rare appearance in a holding midfield role. Looked uncomfortable as he took up poor positions and didn't appear to know whether or not to pressure United midfielders.

  • Stewart Downing
    81
    97
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Played on the right wing and looked completely bereft of confidence. The frustration of the Kop - and his own teammates - was clear when he misplaced crosses and made poor decisions on the ball.

  • Steven Gerrard
    144
    24
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    The Liverpool captain played with freedom in the first half, driving the Reds on the counter-attack and taking the corner for Agger's opener. Looked surprised to be substituted for Bellamy in the 72nd minute.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    92
    43
    2.50

    Maxi Rodríguez

    The Argentine was efficient on the ball but lacked the spark of creativity Liverpool needed. Replaced by Adam in the 63rd minute.

  • Jordan Henderson
    107
    39
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Worked hard throughout the game without ever showing much quality on the ball. Sat deep for much of the match, letting Gerrard drive forward.

  • Andy Carroll
    174
    34
    3.00

    Andy Carroll

    Too static for most of the game but made two decisive contributions. Blocked De Gea in the build-up to Agger's opener and won the header for Kuyt's winner. Hit the woodwork himself with a late header.

Substitutions

  • Charlie Adam
    82
    31
    0.00

    Charlie Adam

    Replaced Maxi in the 63rd minute. Provided fresh legs but misplaced a few long-range passes

  • Dirk Kuyt
    187
    11
    3.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    Came on for Carragher in the 63rd minute and smashed home the winner two minutes from time, deceiving De Gea with a powerful near-post shot.

  • Craig Bellamy
    118
    11
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Replaced Gerrard in the 72nd minute and was energetic without having too much of an impact.

  • David de Gea
    107
    191
    2.00

    David de Gea Flop of the Match

    The Spaniard was selected ahead of Anders Lindegaard but looked shaky from the outset, constantly struggling under crosses. Targeted by Liverpool from corners and was nowhere to be seen as Agger headed home, while he was beaten easily by Kuyt's winner.

  • Rafael
    84
    55
    3.50

    Rafael

    Strong defensive display against Maxi and then Downing, while he was a threat when he bombed forward. Created Park's goal with a powerful run cutback from the byline.

  • Chris Smalling
    37
    69
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Powerful in the air all afternoon against Carroll, showing impressive strength and reading of the game. Will be disappointed he didn't make more of an effort to head clear the corner from which Agger scored - and he played Kuyt onside for the winner.

  • Jonny Evans
    25
    72
    3.00

    Jonny Evans

    Calm and composed against Carroll and rarely looked troubled until he was caught out by Kuyt's winner. Allowed the Dutchman to run through and couldn't get near enough to make a challenge.

  • Patrice Evra
    32
    118
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    United's captain for the day was unsurprisingly booed by the Kop with every touch following the Luis Suarez racism row. Made a couple of mistimed challenges but on the whole produced a solid display.

  • Paul Scholes
    95
    47
    3.50

    Paul Scholes

    Proved once again why he made a wise decision to come out of retirement as he dictated the tempo of game with short and long passes. Tired a little before being replaced by Hernandez in the 76th minute.

  • Michael Carrick
    52
    68
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    Grew in influence as the game went on, holding a good position and picking out some excellent, incisive passes, the pick of which sent Welbeck through on goal.

  • Ryan Giggs
    55
    65
    3.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Like Scholes, used all his experience and technical ability to drift into pockets of space and showed his class on the ball as he picked out accurate passes. Early shot was struck with power but too close to Reina.

  • Antonio Valencia
    112
    42
    3.50

    Antonio Valencia

    The Ecuadorian was constantly the outlet for United, hugging the touchline and looking to run at Liverpool defenders. Worked hard defensively and hit the post at the other end with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    104
    47
    3.50

    Ji-Sung Park

    Drilled home United's equalizer after an astute run to the near post. Misplaced a few passes in promising situations but on the whole combined well with the rest of his midfield, particularly when he drifted inside.

  • Danny Welbeck
    36
    102
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Slightly isolated as the lone frontman and was unable to play his customary quick passes around the edge of the box. Finishing was wayward when he did get a sight on goal.

Substitutions

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    51
    51
    0.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Replaced Giggs in the final minute.

  • Javier Hernández
    46
    78
    3.00

    Javier Hernández

    Replaced Scholes in the 76th minute. Lively but not threatening.

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