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November 27, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 45071‎
 
33′ (OG) Joleon Lescott
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

The visitors held on with 10 men in the face of a late onslaught to remain unbeaten in the Premier League and restore their five-point lead at the top

By Greg Stobart at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    319
    17
    3.50

    Pepe Reina

    Sharp on his toes to smother as Aguero pounced on a loose backpass and again denied the Argentine on the stroke of half-time. Spent a lot of his time charging out of goal, but his approach seemed to work.

  • Glen Johnson
    258
    19
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Another impressive display after his match-winning goal at Chelsea seven days earlier. Dealt with everything thrown at him defensively and bombed forward as the Reds applied pressure in the second half.

  • José Enrique
    217
    67
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Comfortable in possession and positionally sound throughout the game. Made one glaring mistake but Reina saved his blushes after a badly underhit backpass.

  • Daniel Agger
    381
    19
    4.00

    Daniel Agger

    A commanding display from the Danish centre-back as time and again he made the right decision. Excellent anticipation of the play to marshal Aguero and timed his challenges impeccably.

  • Martin Skrtel
    274
    22
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Dovetailed nicely with Agger to ward off City attacks, including a late clearance off the line to deny Silva. Superb in the air and could have scored had he got more contact on his shot from close-range.

  • Jordan Henderson
    142
    218
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    A timid, almost anonymous performance as the summer signing struggled to make any real impact on the game.

  • Stewart Downing
    172
    109
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    The winger returned to the starting line-up and provided balance on the left side for the hosts. Didn't have the pace to take on Richards but linked up well with Enrique and put in some dangerous deliveries.

  • Lucas Leiva
    459
    24
    4.00

    Lucas Leiva

    A hugely impressive performance from the Brazilian as he made a number of crucial interceptions and tackles, while keeping his passing economical. Played an absolutely crucial role in denying the likes of Silva and Nasri space in between the hosts' defence and midfield.

  • Charlie Adam
    266
    26
    3.50

    Charlie Adam

    The Scot was rewarded for his confidence in shooting from range in the 33rd minute as Lescott deflected his off-target shot into his own net. Looked capable of causing Liverpool problems when he found space but struggled when put under instant pressure by the City midfielders.

  • Luis Suárez
    304
    39
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    The best striker on the pitch as caused City countless problems with his movement and link-up play. Created opportunities for team-mates with his skill and vision but blasted his only clear chance well off target.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    139
    117
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    The Dutchman worked hard but didn't have his best day. Lost Kompany for City's opener and lacked the necessary guile and composure in the second-half. Replaced by Carroll six minutes from time.

Substitutions

  • Andy Carroll
    221
    41
    0.00

    Andy Carroll

    Came on as a substitute in the 84th minute to replace Kuyt and unlucky that his brilliant header in added time was kept out by Hart.

  • Joe Hart
    343
    46
    4.00

    Joe Hart Top of the Match

    The England No.1 made a wonderful late save to keep out Carroll's powerful header to add to earlier fine stops which denied Downing and Suarez. Could do nothing about Liverpool's goal after being wrong-footed by the deflection.

  • Micah Richards
    44
    82
    3.00

    Micah Richards

    Caught out positionally on a couple of occasions but his pace and power is such that he was able to make amends. Handled Downing well but perhaps didn't offer his usual level of attacking threat.

  • Vincent Kompany
    52
    112
    2.50

    Vincent Kompany

    The City captain had a mixed afternoon despite putting the visitors ahead in the 31st when he glanced home Silva's corner with his shoulder. Didn't seem to enjoy playing against Suarez and constantly lunged into tackles on the Uruguayan, one of which resulted in a booking.

  • Joleon Lescott
    31
    111
    2.50

    Joleon Lescott

    Stuck out a stray leg to divert Adam's shot into his own net as Liverpool equalised in the 33rd minute. Sometimes seemed to lose track of Suarez's movement but was generally strong and imposing at the back.

  • Gael Clichy
    53
    89
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Put forward his claim to be regarded as City's first choice left-back with a confident display. Dealt comfortably with Kuyt and used the ball well.

  • James Milner
    37
    87
    3.00

    James Milner

    An energetic, committed display from the midfielder but he lacked creativity in the final third.

  • Gareth Barry
    40
    89
    3.00

    Gareth Barry

    Sat at the base of the City midfield and was a calming influence. Didn't have the eye-catching ball-winning ability of Lucas but showed good anticipation and started attacks with neat, accurate passes.

  • Samir Nasri
    46
    112
    2.50

    Samir Nasri

    The Frenchman never found the space he wanted to influence the game in the final third and was replaced by Balotelli in the 65th minute.

  • David Silva
    83
    75
    3.00

    David Silva

    Always looked the man most likely to make something happen for City despite close attention from the Liverpool players. Drifted all over the pitch to link play and delivered a vicious corner for Kompany's opener. Jinked in the Liverpool penalty area late on but shot was cleared off the line by Skrtel.

  • Yaya Touré
    43
    78
    3.00

    Yaya Touré

    The Ivorian produced the occasional impressive run and worked hard defensively without ever looking like he would take the game by the scruff of the neck.

  • Sergio Agüero
    45
    96
    3.00

    Sergio Agüero

    Threatened in the first-half with his pace and dribbling ability but faded badly after the break before being replaced by Dzeko in the 82nd minute.

Substitutions

  • Kolo Toure
    28
    72
    0.00

    Kolo Toure

    Replaced Silva in the final minute.

  • Edin Dzeko
    84
    63
    0.00

    Edin Dzeko

    Replaced Aguero in the 82nd minute and created an excellent chance for Silva with a strong run and shot.

  • Mario Balotelli
    139
    189
    2.00

    Mario Balotelli Flop of the Match

    Sent off for two bookings within 20 minutes of replacing Nasri in the 65th minute. Could have no arguments about his yellow card for tugging back Johnson; perhaps a little unfortunate that the referee judged he raised an elbow to Skrtel but it was a silly challenge given the circumstances.

Results
 
Match News
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
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0