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August 26, 2012 4:00 PM BST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 44942‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City

The Premier League champions took advantage of two defensive errors to come from behind twice and snatch a point in Brendan Rodgers' first test as Reds manager at Anfield

By Greg Stobart

  • Pepe Reina
    105
    96
    1.50

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard's shot stopping was comfortable enough but he looked shaky under crosses throughout the match, not least as he wafted at thin air in the build-up to Yaya Toure's strike.

  • Glen Johnson
    150
    29
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    A strong display, first at left-back before moving to the right. Generally comfortable in defence and offered a dangerous attacking outlet. Could have won a penalty in the second half when brought down by Kolarov in the area.

  • Sebastián Coates
    163
    35
    3.00

    Sebastián Coates

    The Uruguayan started in rather nervous fashion but grew in confidence as the game went on, showing good awareness and forming an understanding with Skrtel.

  • Martin Kelly
    87
    106
    2.00

    Martin Kelly

    A generally strong performance from the right-back until his poor miscontrol in the 63rd minute allowed Yaya Toure to score for the visitors. Almost immediately replaced by Jose Enrique after that costly error.

  • Martin Skrtel
    129
    92
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    The Slovakian celebrated his new contract with a wonderful thumping header from Gerrard's corner to open the scoring in the 34th minute. Then undid his good work with a woeful backpass for Tevez's late equaliser.

  • Steven Gerrard
    160
    62
    2.50

    Steven Gerrard

    A very tactically disciplined display from the Reds captain. Took up good positions and was happy to sit deep and help the hosts dictate the game. Magnificent first-half cross almost forced an own goal from Kompany.

  • Lucas Leiva
    104
    50

    Lucas Leiva

    A miserable afternoon for the Brazilian as he was forced off after just five minutes with a thigh injury he picked up during the warm-up.

  • Joe Allen
    269
    30
    4.00

    Joe Allen

    The summer signing produced a performance to suggest he could be a huge success at Anfield. Always happy to take the ball under pressure, kept possession well and picked out some very classy forward passes as he controlled the midfield battle.

  • Raheem Sterling
    300
    32
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    The 17-year-old made his first Premier League start and delivered on the hype with an almost arrogant performance of pace, trickery and skill. Caused Kolo Toure all sorts of problems and showed he can pick a final pass with dangerous crosses, including one for Borini in the first half.

  • Luis Suárez
    218
    41
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Capped a bright, lively display with a wonderful free kick curled around the wall and into the bottom corner in the 66th minute. His finishing until that point was profligate but his movement and link-up play was a nightmare for the City defence.

  • Fabio Borini
    155
    61
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    The Italian did not always look comfortable on the right side of the Liverpool attack but his movement was impressive and use of the ball intelligent. Should have scored in the first half but volleyed wide from close range.

Substitutions

  • José Enrique
    103
    44
    2.50

    José Enrique

    The Spaniard looked a little off the pace at left-back after replacing Kelly in the 66th minute.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    152
    43
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Replaced Lucas in the fifth minute and handled the situation well with efficient, tidy passing and positioning. Late left-footed shot rasped just over the crossbar.

  • Andy Carroll
    106
    48

    Andy Carroll

    His last Liverpool appearance, perhaps? The £35m man replaced Borini in the 83d minute and went close with a looping header.

  • Joe Hart
    44
    71
    2.00

    Joe Hart

    The City goalkeeper could do nothing about Skrtel's opener but will accept some responsibility for the Reds' second - either for a poorly organised wall or slow reactions to Suarez's free kick.

  • Vincent Kompany
    58
    62
    3.00

    Vincent Kompany

    The City captain did not appear particularly comfortable with the formation used by Mancini but defended well in the penalty area with important blocks and clearing headers.

  • Pablo Zabaleta
    52
    57
    2.50

    Pablo Zabaleta

    The Argentine worked hard but looked uncomfortable in a central role in City's three-man defence. Seemed to struggle to read Suarez's movement and was beaten in the air for Skrtel's goal.

  • Aleksandar Kolarov
    56
    102
    1.00

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Another performance in which the negatives far out-weighed the positives. Left foot was an attacking threat but he fell asleep defensively, failing to heed the warning of losing Borini for an earlier chance as Skrtel escaped and headed home. May well have conceded a penalty in the second half, too, for a clumsy challenge on Johnson.

  • Kolo Toure
    41
    85
    1.50

    Kolo Toure

    A torrid afternoon for the Ivorian centre-back as he never looked comfortable and was exposed by the hosts. Lack of mobility exposed, especially by Sterling's direct dribbling.

  • James Milner
    36
    83
    2.00

    James Milner

    An honest, hard-working display at right wing-back but could have done more defensive work against Sterling and offered very little going forward.

  • Samir Nasri
    44
    86
    2.00

    Samir Nasri

    Looked bright early on as he combined neatly with Tevez but disappeared from the game once Liverpool got on top. Replaced by Rodwell in the 59th minute.

  • Nigel De Jong
    39
    83
    2.00

    Nigel De Jong

    A feisty display from the Dutchman in defensive midfield as he looked to deny Liverpool space between the lines. Use of the ball could have been better

  • Yaya Touré
    92
    49
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    A rare quiet performance as he appeared to drift through much of the game before being given more attacking freedom following Rodwell's introduction. On the spot to tap the bal; in from close range in the 63rd minute to make the score 1-1.

  • Carlos Tévez
    161
    52
    4.00

    Carlos Tévez

    For the second week in a row he was City's brightest spark in attack and a constant menace for the Liverpool defence. Got his goal 10 minutes from time after latching on to a loose ball and rounding Reina. Also played a key role in Yaya Toure's equaliser with a run and cross from the right and hit the post from a tight angle in the first half.

  • Mario Balotelli
    56
    103
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli

    A frustrating afternoon for the striker as he never really got away from the Liverpool defence. Blasted over in the first half but Roberto Mancini had seen enough by the 62nd minute and replaced him with Dzeko.

Substitutions

  • Jack Rodwell
    47
    76
    2.50

    Jack Rodwell

    Replaced Nasri in the 59th minute and sat in midfield. Conceded the free kick for Suarez's goal as he handled Gerrard's long-range shot.

  • David Silva
    56
    52

    David Silva

    Came on for Milner in the 76th minute and provided calmness on the ball late on.

  • Edin Dzeko
    77
    70
    2.50

    Edin Dzeko

    The Bosnian replaced Balotelli in the 62nd minute and got in dangerous positions around the Liverpool box, although his finishing was off target.

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
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2