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Each Liverpool Star's Best Moment This Season

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

Each Liverpool Star's Best Moment This Season

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    Riding high in the Premier League and seemingly set for a prolonged assault on the top four places in the table, things are going pretty well for Liverpool at present.

    Brendan Rodgers' side only have Arsenal above them, with both individual and team performances playing their part as the Reds have frequently impressed plenty of observers.

    If you were to break those performances down though, which ones would you focus on?

    Here we've looked at the 16 players who've made the most tangible impact on Liverpool's season, and picked out their best moment of the campaign so far.

Daniel Sturridge: The Chip vs West Brom

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    The confidence. The composure. The quality.

    Throughout the vast majority of his career, Daniel Sturridge wouldn't have had the opportunity to try what he did at the Kop end in the second half of the 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, but his brilliant goal showcased just how at home he must feel at the club.

    The freedom and responsibility that Rodgers has placed in him has frequently come to the fore, and never more spectacularly than this.

     

     

     

Martin Skrtel: The Comeback vs Manchester United

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    Martin Skrtel had been left out in the cold by Rodgers last season, when the Northern Irishman preferred Jamie Carragher to him in the second half of the campaign.

    The Slovakian was seemingly heading for a summer exit from Anfield, but with Carragher retired, Kolo Toure injured and Mamadou Sakho not yet signed, he was suddenly rushed back into the team for one of the Reds' biggest matches of any campaign.

    Alongside Daniel Agger, the centre-back excelled against Manchester United at the beginning of September, with his snuffing out of Robin van Persie and company helping his side to a 1-0 win.

Kolo Toure: The Win vs Aston Villa

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    Seemingly signed as just an experienced backup player initially, this was the game that saw Kolo Toure establish himself as a serious member of Liverpool's first team.

    Up against Aston Villa's Christian Benteke in the second game of the season, Toure performed brilliantly alongside Agger and helped the Reds keep the clean sheet that ensured they won 1-0, courtesy of Daniel Sturridge's first half goal.

    The Reds were helped by heroics from their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, but Toure's leadership qualities shone through.

Steven Gerrard: The Penalty vs Newcastle

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    A penalty in the 2-2 draw at Newcastle in October turned into Steven Gerrard's 100th Premier League goal, a stunning achievement for any player let alone one who has stayed with one club for his entire career.

    The Reds skipper converted the spot kick to level the scores at St. James' Park after Yohan Cabaye had given the hosts the lead, with Gerrard's trademark coolness giving him a second goal of the season to go along with his five assists.

Victor Moses: The Debut Goal vs Swansea

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    Both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scored on their Liverpool debuts, and in mid-September at Swansea Victor Moses joined their ranks.

    The Nigerian was an eye-catching loan arrival from Chelsea in the summer, and his strike in the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium gave him the perfect start.

    An injury to Philippe Coutinho in the same game ensured that he would be able to get some more minutes under his belt in the weeks to come, but with the Brazilian now back in the fold he faces a battle to get back in the team.

Simon Mignolet: The Penalty Save vs Stoke

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    Perhaps this will remain the most important moment of Liverpool's season.

    With the ball on the penalty spot in the closing stages of the opening day of the campaign at home to Stoke, supporters were thinking that another afternoon of missed opportunities was going to yield more disappointment. The setback would have felt even greater given that this was the first game of the season.

    Enter Simon Mignolet.

    The Belgian goalkeeper, making his league debut for the club, sprang to his right to keep out Jon Walters' kick to roars of approval from the Anfield faithful.

    Liverpool held on to win 1-0, and a feelgood factor was born.

Jordan Henderson: The Assist vs Fulham

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    Other than Mignolet, the only other player to have featured in every minute of every one of Liverpool's league games this season is Jordan Henderson.

    He managed a goal in the League Cup win over Notts County and was excellent against Crystal Palace, but it was his assist for Luis Suarez's first goal in the 4-0 victory against Fulham earlier this month which really showcased his increasing importance and confidence.

    Henderson threaded a superb ball through for Suarez to clinically finish, and the young Englishman only looks like getting better and better.

Aly Cissokho: The Performance vs West Brom

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    Things haven't always been easy for Aly Cissokho since his loan move from Valencia due to injury and form concerns, but his best display for the club so far came in the 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

    With the Reds still fielding their three-men central defence, Cissokho was given the freedom to burst forward from his left wing-back position and join in with several attacks.

    He did just that, with his cross expertly headed in by Luis Suarez for the second goal of the Uruguayan's hat-trick.

Philippe Coutinho: The Early Goal vs Everton

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    Who was supposed to be picking up Philippe Coutinho in the Everton penalty area last weekend? Liverpool didn't care.

    It has been a stop-start season for the Brazilian due to injury, but when he popped up from close range so early in the Merseyside derby, his comeback to Premier League action was really announced.

    He'd played well in the 4-0 win over Fulham two weeks previously, and that coupled with the goal at Goodison Park might just see him return to the form which made him such a hit with Reds fans last season.

Lucas Leiva: The Midfield Masterclass vs West Brom

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    West Brom came to Anfield last month off the back of a draw with Arsenal and a victory at Old Trafford this season, but they were completely overrun by the hosts here.

    The performances of midfielders Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob had been key to those earlier impressive results, but the pair were completely nullified by the performance of Lucas Leiva in this contest, with the Brazilian's steady influence once again setting the stage for those further ahead of him to shine.

    It wasn't the first time and won't be the last.

Jose Enrique: The Performance vs Crystal Palace

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    Knee surgery has now sidelined Jose Enrique for at least the next 10 weeks, and he'll undoubtedly be missed by a Liverpool side who have frequently had trouble with their left flank over the years.

    He's been hampered by his injury for much of this campaign, with perhaps his best display coming in the 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, in which he got forward well and registered an assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal.

Raheem Sterling: The Goal vs Notts County

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    Raheem Sterling has learned that he had to be patient during this campaign, which has been a contrast to last season's breakthrough season for him.

    The youngster has only started one game in the league, but his best moment came in the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County in late August.

    Picking the ball up early in the game, he danced between challenges and fired home a low shot into the bottom corner of the net for his third goal for the club.

Daniel Agger: The Performance vs Manchester United

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    Like his returning teammate Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger had to be on top form when Manchester United visited at the beginning of September.

    The visitors didn't put up much of an attacking fight in the first half, but in the second Liverpool's tried and tested Danish-Slovak defensive partnership stood strong and repelled everything that was thrown at them as their side won 1-0.

    This hasn't been an easy season for Agger so far, but this was his most impressive display of it.

Mamadou Sakho: The Win vs Sunderland

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    It hasn't been an altogether easy introduction into English football for Mamadou Sakho, what with the changes in formation from Brendan Rodgers ensuring that his role in the team has been slightly altered on more than one occasion.

    As part of the back three in the 3-1 victory at Sunderland though, he excelled and stayed strong in the crucial moments after Emanuele Giaccherini had pulled a goal back for the hosts to make it 2-1.

    The competition for places at centre-back makes it tough for Sakho, but he appears to have all the attributes to have a long and happy career for the Reds.

Luis Suarez: The Hat-Trick vs West Brom

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    Even the most muted performance from Luis Suarez would be the highlight of a career for somebody else, and there are plenty of thrilling performances and moments to pick from in this campaign despite him missing the start of it.

    The brace against Fulham and free kick at Everton would be worthy winners, but such was the sheer force and quality of his hat-trick in the West Brom win then that is what takes the crown.

    The two headers that made up two-thirds of his goals showcased this fantastic forward's versatility, and honed the belief that he really can score any type of goal at any time.

Jon Flanagan: The Derby Debut vs Everton

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    Liverpool's surprise of November gets an inclusion following his Merseyside derby performance which, according to Steven Gerrard (Liverpool Echo), had his teammates applauding him in the dressing room at full-time.

    The youngster is a steady if unspectacular player, and with a left-back spot now seemingly up for grabs for the next few months at least, it will be great to see if the 20-year-old can grab it and continue to impress plenty of onlookers.

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