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March 3, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 44922‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal

Superb Van Persie double seals the points for the Gunners after Koscielny own goal put the Reds ahead

By Greg Stobart at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    105
    189
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    The Spaniard had very little to do but kept his focus to react when called upon, diving to deny Walcott once in each half. Could do nothing about Van Persie's first goal, maybe a little surprised by the Dutchman's winner.

  • Martin Kelly
    106
    164
    3.00

    Martin Kelly

    Solid performance from the Reds right-back. Dealt well with Benayoun and offered width going forward.

  • Martin Skrtel
    184
    106
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Strong in the air as he looked to bully Van Persie and showed good defensive anticpation.

  • Jamie Carragher
    64
    243
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Generally alert defensively but could have done more to read the cross and challenge Van Persie for the Arsenal goal.

  • José Enrique
    89
    201
    2.50

    José Enrique

    The Spaniard lost Walcott once early on and allowed Sagna to cross too easily for Van Persie's goal. Improved in the second-half and was comfortable on the ball.

  • Jay Spearing
    87
    161
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    Slightly sloppy in possession but impressive in his main role of breaking up Arsenal attacks and starting Liverpool moves. Snapped into tackles and produced a precise pass in the build-up to the Reds' opener.

  • Jordan Henderson
    136
    184
    3.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Excellent athleticism as he continually joined the hosts' attacks. Sometimes lacked quality - once cutting back when provided with a great chance to shoot - but he sharp. Dangerous cross forced Koscielny's own-goal and he tested Szczesny with a well-placed shot.

  • Charlie Adam
    55
    243
    3.00

    Charlie Adam

    Seemed to frustrate the Kop at times with his over-ambition but held his position well and played some good passes. Low cross in the first-half diverted onto the post by Kuyt.

  • Stewart Downing
    86
    185
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Offered balance and width on the left side, linking up well with the likes of Suarez and Henderson. Still short of confidence, rarely taking on Sagna and playing poor final balls, including an awful scuffed volley in the first-half and a misplaced pass to Suarez late on.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    198
    126
    3.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    The Dutchman was full of beans after his goal in the League Cup and was involved in the thick of the action. Superb link-up with Suarez for the penalty but his spot-kick was poor and he failed to convert the rebound. Nearly made amends but hit the post on the stretch.

  • Luis Suárez
    209
    291
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Constantly worried the Arsenal defenders with his exceptional movement and skill. Won the penalty - despite the minimal contact - after an excellent interchange with Kuyt and forced Szczesny into a fingertip save following a fine run and shot. The weakest aspect of the Uruguayan's game is, however, his finishing, and he should have scored with an effort that struck the outside of the post from a tight angle.

Substitutions

  • Andy Carroll
    42
    171
    0.00

    Andy Carroll

    Replaced Spearing in the 90th minute.

  • Craig Bellamy
    64
    124
    0.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Came on for Downing in the 88th minute.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    1214
    38
    4.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Polish goalkeeper kept Arsenal in the game with some wonderful saves, particularly in the first-half. Brilliant double save to keep out Kuyt's penalty and subsequent rebound while he was at full stretch to deny Henderson and Suarez as Liverpool launched attacks. Did concede the penalty for bringing down Suarez but contact seemed minimal.

  • Bacary Sagna
    487
    54
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Whipped in a lovely cross from the right touchline for Van Persie to head Arsenal level in the first-half. Handled Downing well but less comfortable when Suarez pulled out to te left side.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    308
    171
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Horrible attempted clearance resulted in the French defender slicing into his own net in the 23rd minute. Never seemed to get to grips with Suarez's livewire movement.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    403
    46
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Good positioning and attacked the ball well despite a couple of clumsy challenges on Suarez.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    307
    67
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Decent display but allowed the likes of Henderson and Kuyt to deliver dangerous crosses. Rarely went forward but showed his pace and vision by picking out Walcott for a chance.

  • Mikel Arteta
    286
    87
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Often overrun in the first-half but tidy on the ball when in possession. Taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Diaby in the 53rd minute after a nasty head injury sustained in a clash with Henderson.

  • Alex Song
    464
    50
    3.00

    Alex Song

    Sat at the base of the Arsenal midfield and took up decent positions without ever really getting to grips with Liverpool's attacking thrust. Lovely ball for Van Persie's injury-time winner.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    313
    95
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    The Czech playmaker played some neat passes in the first-half but was largely on the periphery of the game.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    214
    298
    2.00

    Yossi Benayoun Flop of the Match

    Had hardly any influence on the game on his return to one of his former clubs. Unsurprisingly replaced by Gervinho in the 74th minute.

  • Theo Walcott
    255
    155
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Offered the odd reminder of his threat - testing Reina once in each half - but lost possession too easily and failed to offer the right runs for his team-mates.

  • Robin van Persie
    1070
    59
    4.00

    Robin van Persie Top of the Match

    The Arsenal only needed two chances - and he took them to win the Gunners three points they didn't deserve. Sharper to the ball than the Liverpool defenders to head home the equaliser and produced a stunning volley for the winner. Wonderful technique.

Substitutions

  • A. Diaby
    324
    54
    3.00

    A. Diaby

    Returned from injury to replaced Arteta in the 53rd minute. First action was a good shot from the edge of the box but was himself replaced 10 minutes from time by Oxlade-Chamberlain after complaining of an injury.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    416
    33
    3.00

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Replaced Diaby in the 80th minute and showed signs of his attacking quality, smashing one shot just off-target from 25 yards.

  • Gervinho
    291
    58
    3.00

    Gervinho

    Came on for Benayoun in the 74th minute and offered an outlet in the closing stages.

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
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0