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Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City: The Player Ratings



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Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 in an exhilarating encounter at Anfield, with Brendan Rodgers side moving five points clear at the top of the table.


Liverpool were nothing short of sensational in an action packed first half, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel putting them two goals to the good, while City lost key player Yaya Toure to injury.

But City managed to turn the game on its head in the second half, and pulled themselves level, but Liverpool had the last laugh, with Coutinho lashing in late on to push Liverpool ever closer to a first Premier League title since 1990.

Check out the Soccerlens player ratings:



Simon Mignolet: 6/10

Some dodgey moments, but a good save from Fernandinho in the second half.

Glen Johnson: 5/10

Not as effective going forward, and let City bomb down the right far too often.

Martin Skrtel: 8/10

Great goal, and a number of excellent interceptions.

Mamadou Sakho: 6/10

Unconvincing, and will be looking over his shoulder at Daniel Agger, who will be pushing for a recall.

Jon Flanagan: 7/10

Joined attack well, and was strong in defence.

Steven Gerrard: 7/10

Decent delivery for the Skrtel goal, and worked hard throughout.

Jordan Henderson: 7/10

Had a wonderful passing range, and seemed to be everywhere. Late, late red card for a nasty challenge on Samir Nasri, and Liverpool will miss him in the run in.

Philippe Coutinho: 6/10

Rather anonymous, but what an important goal for Liverpool. Could be a defining moment. Came off late for Victor Moses.

Raheem Sterling: 8/10

Dynamic with and without the ball, and scored a lovely goal in the opening minutes. Received a standing ovation when he came off late for Lucas.

Daniel Sturridge: 5/10

Not his best outing. Made some wrong decisions and was not fully in the game. Came off wit an injury just after the hour for Joe Allen, who held the ball well.

Luis Suarez: 7/10

Dangerous, as per usual, but was very riled up from the get-go. Lucky not to have been dismissed for a dive in the second half.

Manchester City Player Ratings


Joe Hart: 6/10

Conceded three, but made a good save to deny Steven Gerrard in the first half.

Pablo Zabaleta: 5/10

Solid, yet unspectacular. Hemmed back by the Liverpool tide in the first half, and couldn’t join attacks as much as usual.

Martin Demichelis: 7/10

Impressive from the much maligned defender. Stood up strong and made decent defensive decisions.

Vincent Kompany: 5/10

Let Skrtel get away from him for the second goal, and presented Coutinho with the winner after a poor clearance.

Gael Clichy: 6/10

Not good, not bad from the Frenchman. A few decent interceptions, but generally struggled with the pace of the Liverpool attack.

Fernandinho: 6/10

Influenced the middle, and often strode forward with confidence. A little suspect defensively however.

Yaya Toure: 5/10

Subbed off early on after suffering a groin injury. His replacement, Javi Garcia, was found wanting in the face of such a vibrant Liverpool attack.

Samir Nasri: 6/10

Some nice touches, but no real penetration.

David Silva: 8/10

A second half of real quality from the diminutive Spaniard, scored one, ‘made’ the other, and could have got City a third late on. Wonderful.

Jesus Navas: 4/10

Was he playing? Absolutely nothing from the Spaniard. Came off just before the hour for James Milner, who was instrumental in the initial City fightback

Edin Dzeko: 5/10

A bit bumbling from the Bosnian. Never looked likely to score. Came off for Sergio Aguero, who made little impact.

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