Liverpool vs. Cardiff City: Live Ratings for the Reds

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Jon Flanagan of Liverpool is mobbed by his team mates after scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Liverpool beat Cardiff City 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday to move top of the Premier League, where they will remain over Christmas unless Arsenal win at Chelsea on Monday.

Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract with two more fantastic goals, while he also set up Raheem Sterling for the Reds' second. Jordan Mutch headed Cardiff's consolation after the break, but there was too much between the two sides.


Quick first half analysis

Mignolet: Not called upon too much but made a good save from Noone. 7/10

Johnson: Off the pace and hasn't utilised his room down the right too well yet. 6/10

Skrtel: Clumsy in challenges but not really tested around his own area. 6/10

Sakho: Immense. Tackling high up the field when needed and good passing once more 8/10

Flanagan: Beaten a few times down the wing but has supported attack well and almost scored again. 7/10

Lucas: Good half recycling the ball and winning it back quickly. 8/10

Allen: Almost unnoticed in the middle of the action but keeping things ticking well. 7/10

Henderson: Has been some sort of Yaya Toure-Xavi Hernandez hybrid so far. 10/10

Coutinho: Trying to fashion plenty of openings and involved in creating several chances, also hit the post. 7/10

Sterling: Has been superb, using his pace well to beat his full-back and supporting Suarez centrally. Good run for his goal 8/10

Suarez: Unstoppable. Not really much more to say on him 10/10


Quick second half analysis

Mignolet: Left exposed for the goal but dealt well with everything else. 7/10

Johnson: Had a generally poor game, seemed indecisive and slow to react. 5/10

Skrtel: Lucky not to get punished for continually grappling in the area, but defended well at times. 7/10

Sakho: Superb display once more. Thunderous in the challenge and accurate on the ball. 9/10

Flanagan: Only played 10 second half minutes before giving way to Martin Kelly. 7/10

Lucas: Had a very good game, winning the ball in the middle and covering behind centre-backs. 8/10

Allen: A little sloppy in possession at times, which is unlike him, but worked very hard. 7/10

Henderson: Sat deeper after the break so not as involved going forward, but still an excellent display. 9/10

Coutinho: Busy and inventive as ever, just needs perhaps a few key final decisions to go right to hit top form. 7/10

Sterling: An excellent showing from the wide forward. Used pace cleverly, could have scored another and involved in plenty of build-up work. 9/10

Suarez: Man of the match again, central to all the Reds' best work. Two goals, one assist, 10 out of 10.




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