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Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal


Reina 4 - His long kicking was decent as always, but when four goals fly past you and you haven't done a great deal else except skew a couple of clearances, then it's not been your night.

Arbeloa 5.5 - Decent going forward, but was questionable at the other end on more than one occasion, letting Arshavin get the better of him and make it 2-2.

Carragher 6 - No lack of desire from Carra, but he looked shell-shocked as the pacey Gunners gave his rearguard a torrid evening.

Agger 6 - The stopper was largely dominant in the air, but otherwise he could have been far more commanding, both in individual situations and overall.

Aurelio 5 - Very nervy at times, and his wayward side-footed half-clearance led to Arsenal's third.

Alonso 5 - Wasted a couple of dangerously-positioned free-kicks and failed to provide the presence needed of him in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

Mascherano 4.5 - Was guilty of sloppy play for Arshavin's opener and his evening didn't really improve a great deal. Like Alonso, he was largely anonymous.

Benayoun 8.5 -
Of all the Reds, the Israeli perhaps showed the most of the swashbuckling spirit which was required to get something out of this topsy-turvy game. Scored two goals: the first a brave and the second a 'right-place-right-time' effort.

Kuyt 7.5 - The Dutchman was perhaps removed from the action too soon, and didn't look particularly happy about it. After all, his perfect crosses had set up 'Pool's first two goals.

Riera 7 -
From time to time the winger was awesome, buying himself all kinds of space and playing dangerous crosses - one of which assisted Torres for the Reds' third and another which narrowly evaded Benayoun. Perhaps could have produced more at crunch time.

Torres 8
Always portrayed a quiet confidence, and justified his attitude. 'El Nino' was a handful for an albeit dodgy Arsenal rearguard throughout, bagging a brace eventually.


Fabianski 4 - Started very well, making key blocks and tipping vicious drives over the bar. He capitulated somewhat, however, and one felt by the end that Arsenal might have won with Manuel Almunia between the sticks.

Sagna 5.5 - Was perhaps a bit unlucky when he picked up an early booking, but there was no excuse for his poor clearance which led to Liverpool's initial leveller.

Toure 6 - His physical presence was vital at times - Torres would have done far more damage if the Ivorian's body wasn't on the line. A few good interceptions, too, but he's missing William Gallas, of all people.

Silvestre 4.5 - Tough, tough evening for the veteran. He was in the right place at the right time for the bulk of the game, but whilst there he failed to clear his lines, causing havoc. Also a bit rash in his tackling.

Gibbs 6 - Up and down. Cleared off the line, but also gifted the hosts their second. He's nowhere near the finished article, but marginally did more good than harm in the end.

Arshavin 10 - How on earth do you sum up the performance of a man who scored four goals at Anfield in a couple of sentences. Well, you don't have to - he scored four goals. Aside from his wonderful finishes, his pace was terrifying despite the fact that he's still only 90% fit and adjusted.

Song Billong 6 - Had a good first half, but left the very defence he was supposed to be screening exposed all too often. Didn't do himself many favours as he tries to keep Diaby form the starting XI.

Fabregas 5.5 - It never really happened for Cesc at Anfield, to be honest. He was caught offside on a few occasions and gave the ball away more than he would have liked, but he did keep working hard and had a hand in the opener.

Denilson 5 - Hooked for Walcott at just the right time. This wasn't really his type of game, and in hindsight I don't think Arsene Wenger would have included such a subtle player.

Nasri 7.5 - A good all-round showing. His wonderful reverse pass created the opener, and he had a hand in the Gunners' third. Linked up well with everyone around him and was always positive.

Bendtner 7 - He'll never win over everyone, but he had a good game. Some of his passing was poor, especially during the first half, but he closed down well and had the ball in the net - a fine finish - only to be ruled offside narrowly.

Greg Ptolomey,