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February 21, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 42735‎
 
28′ Luis Suárez
Hulk 19′
43′ Joe Allen
 
59′ Luis Suárez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-1 Zenit St Petersburg (agg 3-3)

The Reds gave themselves a mountain to climb by gifting Hulk an early goal at Anfield but came close to a memorable comeback before just falling short in the Europa League

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    71
    35
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Could do little about Hulk's opener but was a calm presence at the back. Rallied the troops from the back and pushed them forward with some excellent distribution. Made a stunning save from Hulk in the second half.

  • Glen Johnson
    73
    28
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Defended brilliantly and got forward to great effect as is so often the case. Did not allow Zenit to break in behind him.

  • José Enrique
    107
    17
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Used his strength well defensively and got forward to good effect. Provided the cross for Allen to score and crossed well all night.

  • Daniel Agger
    109
    13
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    A towering presence at the back. Won a free kick which Suarez scored with a mazy run from centre-back.

  • Jamie Carragher
    61
    79
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Bar his early mistake which allowed Hulk to score, the veteran used his experience brilliantly to keep the Zenit attack quiet.

  • Steven Gerrard
    111
    11
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Led from the front by chasing every ball down and using possession well. Gave up free kick duties twice to allow Suarez to dispatch. Not a bad call.

  • Jordan Henderson
    70
    35
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Pressed at breakneck speed and created Allen's goal with a great pass for Enrique to cross. Subbed late on after tiring.

  • Stewart Downing
    60
    40
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Showed the willingness to take the ball which has deserted him on the big occasion in the past. Worked exceptionally hard, too.

  • Lucas Leiva
    101
    21
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Still not back at his best but did not look far off as he snapped into tackles and pressed brilliantly.

  • Joe Allen
    110
    19
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Capped his best performance for Liverpool since the opening part of the season with a goal. Unfortunate to be subbed after a brave performance.

  • Luis Suárez
    257
    33
    4.00

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    Keeps getting better. Tormented the Zenit defence and scored two free kicks, the second of which was a world-class effort.

Substitutions

  • Raheem Sterling
    55
    49
    3.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Showed some nice touches but could not provide the cutting edge for Liverpool to score the late fourth goal.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    31
    91
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Hit the side netting with a well-hit shot in the box shortly after coming on. Did not always pick the right option after working good positions.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    129
    16
    3.00

    Oussama Assaidi

    Added trickery to the attack late on. The Zenit defence could not handle his dangerous running.

  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    25
    22
    2.50

    Vyacheslav Malafeev

    Made a fabulous save to deny Allen but saw the Welshman sweep home off the rebound. Beaten by two free kicks, the first courtesy of a poor wall and the second due to the brilliance of Suarez.

  • Alexander Anyukov
    20
    20
    3.00

    Alexander Anyukov

    Never threatened by a traditional winger on his flank until Assaidi came on. Looked uncomfortable from then on

  • Nicolas Lombaerts
    18
    21
    2.50

    Nicolas Lombaerts

    Gave away the foul for Suarez's free kick before being beaten to the ball for Allen's goal. Subbed at half-time with an injury.

  • Neto
    19
    38
    2.00

    Neto Flop of the Match

    Never looked comfortable and conceded a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez which the Uruguayan promptly dispatched.

  • Tomás Hubocan
    38
    13
    3.00

    Tomás Hubocan

    Defended fairly well on the whole as Zenit were beaten by set pieces. Moved to centre-back after Lombaerts was went off and was fortunate to get away with a handball in the box.

  • Danny
    28
    16
    3.00

    Danny

    Looked a threat on the counterattack but was taken off at half-time to allow Zenit to take a more defensive approach.

  • Roman Shirokov
    16
    20
    2.50

    Roman Shirokov

    Part of a midfield which was dominated from the first minute to the last. Poor in possession and off the ball.

  • Sergey Semak
    22
    19
    2.50

    Sergey Semak

    Saw very little of the ball in an attacking sense and spent much of the game failing to track Johnson from right-back.

  • Igor Denisov
    21
    23
    2.50

    Igor Denisov

    His main contribution was giving away a foul and then arguing with the referee prior to Suarez scoring.

  • Axel Witsel
    53
    14
    3.00

    Axel Witsel

    One of the few Zenit players to show intelligence in possession as Liverpool dominated. A cool head in the maelstrom.

  • Hulk
    95
    18
    3.00

    Hulk

    Always looked dangerous on the break. Took his goal exceptionally well after pouncing on Carragher's mistake.

Substitutions

  • Domenico Criscito
    40
    8
    3.00

    Domenico Criscito

    Did well after replacing Lombaerts, restricitng Liverpool to chances from set-pieces.

  • Milan Rodić
    21
    17

    Milan Rodić

    Came on late for Semak but saw little of the ball.

  • Viktor Faizulin
    22
    14
    3.00

    Viktor Faizulin

    Spent much of his second half cameo chasing the ball as Liverpool passed Zenit to death.

Results
 
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