Premier League Player Ratings: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Liverpool

Stalemate at Molineux a setback to Reds' top-four hopes

By Neil Jones | Liverpool Correspondent

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Marcus Hahnemann - 6 - Untested throughout the first half, the American made one save from Riera, but was given an evening off by Liverpool's shot-shy strikers.

Ronald Zubar - 5.5 - Was tested by Riera in the opening hour or so, but stood up to his opponent and began to raid down Liverpool's right.

Jody Craddock - 7 - Covered well against the immobile Kuyt, and led from the back well.

Christophe Berra - 7 - Never missed a beat in defence, and had Kuyt and then Ngog in his pocket.

Stephen Ward - 6 - A happier time against Liverpool than his trip to Anfield, where he was sent off, he was rarely tested by Maxi, and looked pretty comfortable.

Kevin Foley - 6 - Wasted a good headed chance in the first half, and was a little edgy in possession at times. Gave Insua some problems, but could have done more against such a nervous opponent.

Michael Mancienne - 6 - Charged with anchoring the Wolves midfield, he squeezed the space Steven Gerrard thrives on, though his passing was often poor.

Nenad Milijas - 5.5 - Wolves' best ball-player saw too little of it to have a big impact, and was replaced by Jones late on.

Karl Henry - 7 - Was eager to get forward from midfield, and his energy was key in disrupting Liverpool. A captain's shift.

Matthew Jarvis - 7.5 - His pace caused problems for auxiliary right-back Carragher, and he showed he can cross with either foot. Easily Wolves' best attacking player.

Kevin Doyle - 6.5 - Led the line alone, but managed to prey on Skrtel's weakness in the second half, and engineered some good chances for himself.

Substitutes

David Jones - 5 - On for the ineffective Milijas, but was no more involved.

Adlene GuediouraN/A - Late arrival, no impact.



LIVERPOOL

Pepe Reina - 6 - Booed relentlessly by the Wolves fans, angered by his involvement in Ward's red card at Anfield. He did everything he had to do with ease.

Jamie Carragher - 5 - Found Jarvis tough to handle, and was beaten for pace up the line on a few occasions. Will be glad to get back into the centre of defence.

Martin Skrtel - 5 - Often the spare man in defence as Doyle toiled alone, but when the Irishman pulled onto him, he was exposed. His performance was topped off with a booking for a wild lunge on Berra.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos - 7 - Aerially very good as ever, and looked a lot more assured than his central defensive partner Skrtel.

Emiliano Insua - 5 - Distribution was a bit patchy and, not for the first time, he was targeted by the opposition, who played on his nervous demeanour and chronic one-footedness.

Lucas Leiva - 6 - Spent the first half picking up second balls galore, and rarely gave the ball away, though incision was lacking

Javier Mascherano - 5.5 - Dwelt on the ball a little and didn't pass with any confidence. Did at least try to inject some pace into proceedings, but wasn't at his dynamic best.

Maxi Rodriguez - 5.5 - Some neat passes hint at the football brain he possesses, and he looked to get forward where possible, but he was on the whole woefully ineffective.

Steven Gerrard - 5.5 - Restored after a two-week absence, he tried his best to offer some inspiration, but it was an 'almost' night for Liverpool's skipper - typified by some poor delivery from wide.

Albert Riera - 6.5 - Looked the Reds' liveliest customer in the first half, beating Zubar and delivering quality from the left. Was a little unfortunate to be withdrawn for Ngog midway through the second half.

Dirk Kuyt - 6 - Not the same intensity as shown against Tottenham last week. Threatened with a couple of solo efforts, but was left frustrated by Liverpool's lack of quality

Susbstitutes

David Ngog - 6 - On for Riera, but had little impact, though his pace almost opened up a late chance for Gerrard.