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August 15, 2010 4:00 PM BST
 
47′ David Ngog
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Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal

  • Pepe Reina
    440
    442
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Calm, authoritative and solid for 89 minutes before his failure to deal with Arsenal attack in final seconds cost Liverpool dear, even if Spaniard can count himself a little unlucky.

  • Glen Johnson
    462
    115
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Home games give England's first-choice right-back even greater licence to bomb forward and his forward forays were one of Liverpool's most effective weapons before Cole's sending-off. Kept Arshavin quiet, too.

  • Daniel Agger
    429
    96
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    How did Agger do, goes the not-so-funny refrain. Very well is the answer, as usual, even at left-back. If his durability matched his ability, he would be some player.

  • Martin Skrtel
    460
    89
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Threw mind, body and soul at everything Arsenal had to offer. Not pretty but pretty effective.

  • Jamie Carragher
    374
    152
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Used all the tricks in his armoury to keep Chamakh quiet on his Premier League debut, only occasionally resorting to the darker arts. Led the back five with typical commitment and few deserved victory more than the Liverpool vice-captain.

  • Javier Mascherano
    471
    109
    3.50

    Javier Mascherano

    If this was his last game at Anfield - and reports from Spain suggest a Barcelona deal is imminent - Mascherano ensured he leaves on a high. Far too savvy for Diaby and Wilshere.

  • Joe Cole
    394
    290
    2.50

    Joe Cole

    On the periphery before a reckless and ill-judged, if not malicious, tackle on Koscielny seconds before the break ensured his Liverpool league debut should be the subject of quiz questions for years to come.

  • Steven Gerrard
    638
    211
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Re-deployed in his favourite central midfield role and responded with a colossal, all-action display. His range of passing from deep was a far cry from the not-so-glory Lucas-Mascherano days and his set piece delivery was radar-like in its accuracy.

  • Milan Jovanović
    478
    144
    3.00

    Milan Jovanović

    One of Rafael Benitez's final signings twice bulldozed past Sagna early on and showed determination, strength and a sure touch. Impressive start.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    328
    181
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Will never win extra marks for aesthetic appeal - or technical ability - but ran his heart out when Liverpool were reduced to 10 men and never allowed Arsenal to dominate on their left flank.

  • David Ngog
    558
    114
    3.50

    David Ngog

    Proof that football really can be a curious old game. Fabulous finish of which Torres would have been proud and could have doubled his tally had Clichy not snuffed out a powerful header on the goal-line. Now to learn how to stay onside and hold the ball up.

Substitutions

  • Lucas Leiva
    194
    121
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Replaced the exhausted Mascherano late on and mainly deployed as a defensive midfield sentry although did play one fine pass for Torres.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    193
    118
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Restricted to defensive duties.

  • Fernando Torres
    265
    150
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Given huge ovation when he warmed up and even huger when he replaced his understudy Ngog in the 74th minute. Not able to repay the fans' love while he works his way back to full fitness.

  • Manuel Almunia
    412
    238
    2.50

    Manuel Almunia

    Not so much a question mark about Arsenal's No.1 but an exclamation mark. His handling and positioning were messier than a toddler's party and will not want to watch too many replays of Ngog's opener. Calls for Wenger to recruit a top-notch goalkeeper - be it Schwarzer, Given or Uncle Tom Cobleigh - grow even more deafening.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    348
    223
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Ridiculously booed for being the completely innocent - and injured - party in Joe Cole's sending-off and Kop had reason to crow when he was unluckily sent off for a second bookable offence four minutes into added time.

  • Gael Clichy
    244
    139
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Saved Arsenal's bacon by blocking a goal-bound Ngog header but he will be nervously watching over his shoulder as Kieran Gibbs motors up behind him.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    293
    93
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    More effective in the final third than the last third. Did not dominate the inexperienced Ngog as he would have been expected to.

  • Bacary Sagna
    189
    136
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Lucky not to have conceded a penalty early on and his demand for Cole to be sent off won him little sympathy from the Kop. Busy, but his final delivery was inconsistent as Arsenal searched for an equaliser.

  • Jack Wilshere
    225
    135
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Arsenal's latest baby-faced prodigy showed an assasin's streak with a few tackles that might not have been disowned by Patrick Vieira. Generally neat in possession but looked the junior that he is against this company.

  • A. Diaby
    186
    156
    3.00

    A. Diaby

    Slick and cumbersome in equal measures. Few players veer between the very good and very bad as often as the Frenchman, although he was deployed in his less favoured midfield anchorman role. Substituted as Arsenal threw the kitchen sink at Liverpool in the last quarter.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    298
    198
    2.50

    Andrey Arshavin

    Looked a shadow of the European giant who stunned Anfield with four goals two seasons ago. Unable to exert any influence on the game.

  • Samir Nasri
    459
    109
    3.50

    Samir Nasri

    Much is expected of the Frenchman following two seasons that have promised much but not quite delivered enough. Took up some excellent positions and was influential on the ball although could not quite come up with the killer pass.

  • Emmanuel Eboue
    181
    330
    2.50

    Emmanuel Eboue

    If he was an actor, he would more likely get a gig with a lunchtime Australian soap opera than the Royal Shakespeare Company. The usual cocktail of dives, energy and misplaced passes.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    251
    462
    2.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    Struggled to make an impact against Liverpool's Premier League-savvy back five. Honest but far from penetrative display and his first touch was poor.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    244
    355
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Clever in possession but wasted a golden opportunity to level the scores when Arsenal were searching for an equaliser.

  • Theo Walcott
    401
    193
    3.50

    Theo Walcott

    His pace gave Arsenal a vital weapon against 10 men and looked the most likely of the visitors' attackers to produce the unexpected.

  • Robin van Persie
    401
    121
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    Arsenal looked far more effective when the Dutchman joined the attack late on.

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 Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0