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November 20, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 43024‎
 
18′ Glen Johnson
 
27′ (PG) Dirk Kuyt
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-0 West Ham United

By Jonathan Birchall at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    123
    4
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Given next to nothing to do, the Spaniard will have been cold for large periods. It is understandable why the Anfield faithful were so delighted when the Spaniard stated that he didn’t want to leave this week after another solid performance.

  • Glen Johnson
    175
    9
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    The full-back’s attacking prowess can’t be questioned and you feared for Illunga from the off, as the England international tore down the right flank, blowing off any cobwebs left over from his recent spell on the sidelines. Given far too much space for his goal but still finished it superbly.

  • Jamie Carragher
    82
    18
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Not given a lot to do but did look a little off pace for one penetrating run from Piquionne. Was never really in danger.

  • Martin Skrtel
    114
    4
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Was left widely untroubled by a limp West Ham attack but never lost concentration when the visitors threatened to break. His height and strength were more than a match to West Ham’s frequent long-balls.

  • Paul Konchesky
    85
    20
    3.00

    Paul Konchesky

    Tried to get forward as much as possible but Liverpool exploited the right-flank much more effectively. Kept somewhat busy by substitute Barrera in the second period but looked confident in response to his pace

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    185
    4
    4.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    Took his goal brilliantly, guiding a whipped cross into the corner of the net with the slightest of glances. The Argentinean proved a constant menace both down the channel and from cutting inside. Showed glimpses of true class.

  • Christian Poulsen
    150
    21
    3.50

    Christian Poulsen

    The much maligned midfielder gave a performance that spoke more of his opponents than of himself. The Danish international looked completely at ease as his counterparts offered nothing in the way of a challenge. Beat what was put in front of him, which in truth, wasn’t a lot.

  • Raúl Meireles
    126
    29
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Unrecognisable from his poor performance at Stoke last week. The engine at the centre of the Liverpool midfield, Meireles linked defence and attack with typical vigour and always looked interested in pushing forward.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    220
    8
    4.00

    Dirk Kuyt Top of the Match

    Oozed class throughout which was typified as he coolly slotted home his penalty. Roy Hodgson utilised his endless energy to great effect, with his team mates allowing him space to roam. Looked confident on the ball and busy off it, Kuyt proved that he has much more in his locker than a good engine.

  • David Ngog
    93
    19
    3.00

    David Ngog

    Brought off with 20 minutes remaining after a fairly quiet game in comparison to those around him. Knocked off the ball a couple of times in front of the 18-yard-box but otherwise fairly comfortable.

  • Fernando Torres
    163
    10
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    A couple of misplaced touches proved that the Spain international isn't quite back to his unplayable best but his movement off the ball coupled with an incredible effort with 20 minutes to go will have provided sufficient promise for the Kop faithful.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Aurelio
    124
    2
    3.00

    Fabio Aurelio

    Came on when the game was in a lull and provided a much needed spark. His delivery from set-pieces was typically spot-on and Roy Hodgson will hope that the Brazilian will get a run of fitness on this display.

  • Robert Green
    24
    15
    3.00

    Robert Green

    Was helpless as tide after tide of Liverpool attacks peppered his goal. England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence was watching from the stands, but he would find it difficult to fault Green for any of the goals. Pulled off two wonderful saves from distance on the 70 minute mark

  • Lars Jacobsen
    15
    25
    2.00

    Lars Jacobsen

    Completely anonymous, like many of his teammates. Unable to cope with a jinking Maxi and overlapping Konchesky, the right-back looked out of his depth at Anfield.

  • Matthew Upson
    4
    16
    2.50

    Matthew Upson

    It speaks volumes that a Fernando Torres still struggling to find his touch managed to terrorise Upson with such ease. The Spaniard had a field day peeling off the two West Ham centre-halves. The England international looked static but was exposed by his team's wide players at time

  • Danny Gabbidon
    4
    18
    2.50

    Danny Gabbidon

    Gave away a penalty for which there was no argument and like Upson,struggled with a dynamic Liverpool, who, unlike a Roy Hodgson side, switched positions and roamed ominously in front of the 18-yard-box.

  • H. Ilunga
    7
    15
    2.00

    H. Ilunga

    Looked petrified in the face of Glen Johnson and rightly so. Had no support from Obinna in right midfield for which you have to have a little sympathy. Not a bad performance, but folded under pressure from a rampant Liverpool midfield.

  • Boa Morte
    2
    17
    2.50

    Boa Morte

    Switched to his preferred left wing from the centre of midfield and was solid from then on. Never really threatening, Boa Morte at least kept his shape, making Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson's lives a little less easy.

  • Radoslav Kovac
    9
    11
    3.00

    Radoslav Kovac

    Was given a job to protect his centre halves and, despite the scoreline, performed the job manfully. Made a number of last ditch blocks and tackles and showed a little heart, if not any creativity.

  • Mark Noble
    6
    14
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Lacked the dynamism for which he has become known. The youngster looked lost without Scott Parker, never really able to get a foothold in the game or a touch on the ball.

  • Victor Nsofor Obinna
    14
    20
    2.00

    Victor Nsofor Obinna Flop of the Match

    Looked uncomfortable on the left flank and strayed from his position on a number of occasions allowing Johnson acres of space to take advantage of. Left Illunga isolated at times. Substituted at half-time.

  • Carlton Cole
    11
    10
    3.00

    Carlton Cole

    You sensed that Cole could have caused problems against the much smaller Carragher but a complete lack of quality distribution coming his way contributed to a very frustrating afternoon for the England international.

  • Frédéric Piquionne
    10
    14
    2.50

    Frédéric Piquionne

    A small, but definite thorn in Liverpool’s side. The Frenchman’s height proved difficult for the home side’s defence in the opening exchanges. Unlucky that his flick-ons weren’t able to find Carlton Cole more often.

Substitutions

  • Pablo Edson Barrera
    10
    7
    3.00

    Pablo Edson Barrera

    Came on at half-time but struggled to make an impact. Threatened with occasional flickers of pace but was tracked constantly by Poulsen, never being given a chance to run directly at Paul Konchesky.

  • Benni McCarthy
    4
    13
    3.00

    Benni McCarthy

    Came on with 25 minutes to go but never felt any support from midfield. Relied very much on scraps from Piquionne's knock downs but was given little opportunity in an attacking sense. Would have surely preferred to keep warm on the bench.

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