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September 1, 2013 1:30 PM BST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 44411‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United

Daniel Sturridge scored his third consecutive league winner to condemn David Moyes to his first defeat as the Old Trafford manager in a fiery encounter at Anfield

By Wayne Veysey at Anfield

  • Simon Mignolet
    261
    17
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Solid as an oak tree. Commanded his box superbly with some excellent catching and fine reflex saves.

  • Glen Johnson
    184
    21
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Limped off late on with a knee injury following a solid display.

  • José Enrique
    187
    15
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Kept both Giggs and Nani quiet and used the ball sensibly.

  • Daniel Agger
    304
    19
    4.00

    Daniel Agger Top of the Match

    Got the better of an excellent battle with Van Persie. Dominated in the air and won the header that was diverted in by Sturridge for the winning goal.

  • Martin Skrtel
    267
    17
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    The messiness of the match suited Skrtel's earthy defensive qualities on an impressive return following injury.

  • Steven Gerrard
    217
    18
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Led from the front to help Lucas win the central midfield battle, although the pair got dragged too deep in the second half. Did not possess as much attacking threat as usual.

  • Coutinho
    170
    41
    3.00

    Coutinho

    Brimmed with invention and ideas but drifted in and out of the game and not everything he did came off. Subbed after 83 minutes.

  • Jordan Henderson
    175
    29
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Tenacious display on the right flank but rarely threatened as an attacking force.

  • Lucas Leiva
    170
    23
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    More than made up for occasionally wonky use of the ball with his energy, endeavour and intensity.

  • Iago Aspas
    83
    111
    2.00

    Iago Aspas

    Struggled to assert himself in one of English football's most febrile fixtures and was replaced by Sterling after an hour.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    250
    16
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Continued his brilliant start to the new season with his third match-winning league goal in successive games. Held the ball up well and always looked a threat but lacked support in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Andre Wisdom
    149
    15
    3.50

    Andre Wisdom

    Made some meaty tackles after replacing Johnson at right-back.

  • Raheem Sterling
    127
    41
    2.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Came on in the second half and forced De Gea to tip over the bar late on.

  • Luis Alberto
    112
    18

    Luis Alberto

    Replaced Coutinho late on.

  • David de Gea
    91
    82
    3.00

    David de Gea

    Could do little about the goal and made a brilliant late save from Sterling in what was an otherwise surprisingly quiet game.

  • Patrice Evra
    54
    129
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    One of United's more effective performers. Defended tenaciously and central to his team's attacking threat in the second half.

  • Phil Jones
    35
    121
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    Twisted his ankle midway through the first half and was replaced by Valencia.

  • Rio Ferdinand
    52
    117
    3.50

    Rio Ferdinand

    Occasionally perturbed by the pace of Sturridge and the twinkling toes of Coutinho but grew in authority as the game progressed.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    56
    113
    3.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    Just about kept his head above water early on, and then improved considerably, but his lack of pace seemed to be central to United's defensive first-half tactics.

  • Ryan Giggs
    35
    180
    2.50

    Ryan Giggs

    The veteran of this fixture looked all of his years in an unfamiliar right-flank role. Replaced by Hernandez late on.

  • Michael Carrick
    63
    100
    3.50

    Michael Carrick

    At the heart of United's second-half fightback when his controlled passing kick-started his team's mini-recovery.

  • Ashley Young
    35
    165
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Got more involved after the break following an invisible first half but was replaced by Nani shortly after the hour mark.

  • Tom Cleverley
    36
    201
    2.00

    Tom Cleverley Flop of the Match

    Not for the first time, looked out of place in a marquee fixture. This display could force United into decisive late transfer action.

  • Danny Welbeck
    32
    164
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    Offered minimal goal threat but held the ball up well.

  • Robin van Persie
    56
    176
    2.50

    Robin van Persie

    Seemed to get distracted by his abrasive battle with Agger and was kept quiet by the Liverpool defenders.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    95
    77
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Deputised capably at right-back following the injury to Jones.

  • Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
    91
    73

    Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

    Did not get the late opportunity that he thrives on.

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
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0