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March 10, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 44752‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Two goals from Jan Vertonghen helped Andre Villas-Boas' side come back from a goal down but Hugo Lloris' error and Steven Gerrard's late penalty won it for the Reds

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Bradley Jones
    159
    40
    2.50

    Bradley Jones

    Spilled a couple of stinging efforts and did not look comfortable at all. Not to blame for the goals but perhaps could have done better.

  • Glen Johnson
    141
    73
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    Got forward as well as ever but should have done much better in dealing with Vertonghen for the Belgian's first goal.

  • José Enrique
    242
    11
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Dealt with nearly everything thrown at him in a defensive sense and provided a wonderful assist for Suarez to open the scoring.

  • Daniel Agger
    229
    10
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Made some crucial interceptions during periods of Tottenham domination which saved his side's bacon. Passed the ball calmly from the back.

  • Jamie Carragher
    185
    33
    3.00

    Jamie Carragher

    Kept Defoe largely quiet but will be unhappy with the nature of Tottenham's equaliser - which came from the type of aerial ball he generally clears with ease.

  • Steven Gerrard
    287
    11
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Had to fight against a numerical disadvantage in the first half but improved with help in the second. His long passing range was unrivalled and the captain was committed as ever in the challenge. Dispatched his penalty coolly.

  • Coutinho
    317
    14
    3.50

    Coutinho

    His trickery and eye for a through ball caused Tottenham plenty of problems. Unfortunate to be sacrificed as Liverpool looked to gain control in midfield.

  • Stewart Downing
    266
    14
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    Worked hard and provided a sensible, safe passing option for his team-mates in attacking areas. May not be an attacking star but is vital to Liverpool's shape at times and did well to nip in before Lloris to plunder an equaliser.

  • Lucas Leiva
    168
    51
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Overrun by a dominant Tottenham midfield. Made some crunching, important tackles but passed the ball poorly on occasions. A mixed day for the Brazilian.

  • Luis Suárez
    333
    12
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Took the opening goal with typical ruthlessness and ran himself into the ground for the cause. Struggled to get on the ball at times, but was as brilliant with it as ever.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    168
    56
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Could not get into the game in the first half but his influence predictably grew following the introduction of Joe Allen.

Substitutions

  • Jordan Henderson
    143
    16
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    Added legs to the Liverpool midfield as they held on late in the game.

  • Joe Allen
    217
    15
    3.50

    Joe Allen

    Changed the dynamics of the game. Helped Liverpool regain control with sensible passing and aggression which did not betray the fact he is carrying a shoulder injury which will require surgery.

  • Hugo Lloris
    32
    101
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Beaten by an excellent finish for Suarez's opener but gifted Liverpool an equaliser with a crazy venture out of his box.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    199
    62
    4.00

    Jan Vertonghen Top of the Match

    A centre-back's job does not generally involve scoring goals but the Belgian grabbed two in brilliant fashion whilst keeping up his duties at the back in some style. A fantastic performance.

  • Michael Dawson
    29
    71
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Had no moments of questionable defending despite his side conceding three goals. Kept Suarez's dribbling down to a minimum, which is more than most Premier League defenders have done this year.

  • Kyle Walker
    20
    112
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    His poor backpass tempted Lloris out of goal and allowed Liverpool to equalise. Fortunate to get away with a tug on Coutinho in the box in the first half.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    11
    101
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Defended stoutly and used possession intelligently going forward. Blotted his copybook somewhat with the foul on Suarez which gave away the penalty but wasn't helped by Defoe's poor pass.

  • Scott Parker
    32
    73
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    Helped the visitors control the game in terms of possession for long periods. Crunched into tackles with authority and passed well.

  • Gareth Bale
    73
    83
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    Made numerous darting runs which had the Liverpool defence visibly panicked. Provided a swinging cross for Vertonghen's first before causing havoc with a well-delivered free kick which allowed the defender to score his second.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    110
    51
    3.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    The Liverpool midfield could not touch him in the first half. Faded somewhat in the second but still showed some beautiful touches and pieces of dribbing skill.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    30
    79
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Drifted in and out of the game and missed two gilt-edged chances. The first saw him drag wide in front of the Kop whilst the second was a back-post effort which was, in truth, well blocked.

  • Jake Livermore
    13
    86
    2.50

    Jake Livermore

    Helped Tottenham control the game for the opening periods but had little impact when Liverpool added numbers in that position in the second half.

  • Jermain Defoe
    12
    130
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe Flop of the Match

    His constant shooting in positions which promised more rightly attracted the ire of his team-mates. Will struggle to explain the backpass which brought Suarez's penalty.

Substitutions

  • Lewis Holtby
    14
    75
    2.00

    Lewis Holtby

    Had too little time to make an impact as Liverpool dominated the closing stages.

  • Thomas Carroll
    13
    64
    2.00

    Thomas Carroll

    A late substitute as Tottenham chased it.

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