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Played
December 9, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 35005‎
 
36′ (PG) Mark Noble
Glen Johnson 11′
44′ (OG) Steven Gerrard
Joe Cole 76′
 
James Collins 79′ (OG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

A strike from Glen Johnson was cancelled out by a Mark Noble penalty and Steven Gerrard's own goal before a late comeback thanks to Joe Cole and James Collins's flick into his net

By Joe Doyle

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    10
    20
    3.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Could do absolutely nothing about Johnson's opener as it flew into the top corner. Made a good stop from Sterling's effort in the second half. Couldn't do much about Cole's arrowing equaliser, and was unfortunate to see the third loop over his head. Was out quickly to clear from Sterling.

  • Winston Reid
    4
    20
    3.00

    Winston Reid

    As with Collins, didn't have much in the way of natural defending to do, keeping tabs on whoever the lone striker was with the visitors switching up. Was strong against Shelvey, and showed good instincts on when to pass and when to clear. Couldn't get across quick enough to block Cole's goal though.

  • Joey O'Brien
    5
    20
    2.00

    Joey O'Brien

    Struggled heavily against Johnson in the first half, but after his switch to the right he seemed more comfortable, getting forward occasionally. Lost Cole for the second though.

  • James Collins
    9
    22
    2.00

    James Collins Flop of the Match

    Made some good clearances but wasn't too busy with the lack of a real striker from the visitors. Desperately unlucky to see his touch loop over Jaaskelainen and in. Beaten easily by Sterling's trickery but saw his keeper rescue him.

  • Guy Demel
    4
    23
    2.50

    Guy Demel

    A pretty quiet game for the right-back. Dealt pretty well with threats down his flank, but most of Liverpool's attacks down the right in the first half, before he was subbed at the break. Just got a touch on the ball to prevent Shelvey adding a fourth.

  • Kevin Nolan
    6
    19
    2.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Always a threat when going forward, and closed down well to put Reina under pressure, among others. Didn't have his usual influence though.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    22
    14
    3.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Gave Johnson plenty to worry about in the opening stages, seeing a lot of the ball and putting in some dangerous crosses, including one in the build-up to the first, as well as the assist for the second.

  • Matthew Taylor
    3
    21
    2.50

    Matthew Taylor

    Wasn't too involved in the first half, with most of the attacking play for both sides coming down the opposite flank. Was a pretty good outlet but couldn't make the most of his efforts at goal, though they were half-chances at best.

  • Mark Noble
    12
    16
    3.00

    Mark Noble

    Stayed very calm to roll the penalty into the bottom corner, and played some nice passing as West Ham dominated towards the end of the first half.

  • Mohamed Diame
    35
    16
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Continued his fine run of form. Was near-unstoppable when breaking, and saw his volley blocked by Allen's arm for the penalty. Saw his influence wane slightly before leaving the pitch with a hamstring injury.

  • Carlton Cole
    23
    17
    3.50

    Carlton Cole

    Gave the defenders a tough time in the air, nodding a header on target that was saved comfortably by Reina, and played some very good hold-up play, bringing his team-mates into the match well.

Substitutions

  • George McCartney
    3
    14
    2.50

    George McCartney

    Came on for the second half and had a decent game, with Johnson not getting forward as often as the first half.

  • James Tomkins
    4
    14
    2.50

    James Tomkins

    Came on for the injured Diame, but isn't a central midfielder. Looked a touch awkward when getting into advanced positions, but was in his element when playing deeper.

  • Modibo Maiga
    2
    20

    Modibo Maiga

    Came on and almost got ahead of Reina to nod in. Had a chance with a free kick but ballooned it over.

  • Pepe Reina
    120
    14
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    Claimed a corner well early on before starting a decent-looking counter. Took in a comfortable catch from Cole's effort. Looked slightly dodgy as he came out for a punch, but it didn't come to anything. Got close to the penalty, but couldn't stop it, and was taken by surprise as Gerrard headed past him.

  • Glen Johnson
    192
    6
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Nominally a right-back, but was perhaps the visitors' most threatening player in attack. Found the top corner with an unstoppable shot. Set up Sterling for what was almost a second just minutes later. Struggled against Jarvis when the winger was in possession, though, and allowed him far too much room for crossing, especially for the second goal.

  • José Enrique
    95
    12
    2.00

    José Enrique

    A quiet appearance for the left-back. Lost track of the ball once but didn't see anything come of it. Left the field before the half-hour mark with an injury.

  • Daniel Agger
    121
    18
    2.00

    Daniel Agger

    Struggled to cope with Cole in the air, but made a great block to stop the striker from scoring just before the half-hour mark. Couldn't beat the striker in a foot race, surprisingly.

  • Martin Skrtel
    118
    13
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Took a knock or two in battling Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan. Didn't look comfortable, but kept up the fight and made some good clearances in difficult situations.

  • Steven Gerrard
    91
    62
    2.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Brought down a rampaging Diame for a clear booking, and got turned around before nodding a bullet header into his own net to cap a pretty poor first half. Much improved in the second, and played the ball nicely.

  • Stewart Downing
    94
    32
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Lost the ball a couple of times when in attack, but actually dealt very well with the switch to left-back, making a few good clearances at the far post. Looked to injure his elbow early in the second blocking a shot from Taylor, but recovered. Sent in a teasing cross that Shelvey headed wide.

  • Lucas Leiva
    149
    5
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    A calming influence after making his return, and kept the ball moving with Allen. Was subbed with 20 minutes to go though as Rodgers looked for more attacking play.

  • Joe Allen
    115
    22
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Was perhaps unlucky to see a penalty given against him for a close-range volley, and was a case of ball to hand rather than a deliberate attempt, but he did stop the ball with his arm. Showed a side of his game not often seen this season when breaking in the second half.

  • Raheem Sterling
    156
    38
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling Top of the Match

    Was close to doubling the visitors' lead after 15 minutes, but couldn't whip his effort inside the post. Had another decent effort tipped over by Jaaskelainen before playing in Joe Cole really well for the equaliser. Almost got through for a fourth, but Jasskelainen was out quickly.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    163
    11
    3.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Didn't get many opportunities in the unfamiliar striker's role. Saw a header fly wide with 20 minutes to play. Good link up with Sterling to set up Cole, and put Collins under the necessary pressure to force an own goal.

Substitutions

  • Sebastián Coates
    124
    6

    Sebastián Coates

    Came on to help against an expected aerial bombardment for the last five minutes.

  • Joe Cole
    179
    10
    3.50

    Joe Cole

    Came on against his former club earlier than he would have expected. Tried a couple of flicks straight away that almost put his team in trouble. Looked rusty, understandably. A very clever moment though when he dummied a pass for Sterling to shoot. Made a good run and struck the equaliser expertly into the bottom corner.

  • Jordan Henderson
    163
    6
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Brought on to provide more attacking impetus than Lucas, and made a good run before putting in the all-important cross for the winner.

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
Manchester United
15 2