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Liverpool vs. Everton: Live Player Ratings for Both Merseyside Teams

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool lies on the pitch after being fouled by Kevin Mirallas of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2014

Anfield, Liverpool—

Liverpool thumped Everton 4-0 in the Premier League at Anfield on Tuesday night.

At half-time, Liverpool led 3-0 after goals from Steven Gerrard and a brace from Daniel Sturridge.

Luis Suarez made it four just after the break, before Sturridge missed a penalty at the Kop end as he looked for his hat-trick.

Liverpool Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Mignolet77
Flanagan77
Skrtel78
Toure77
Cissokho56
Henderson87
Gerrard99
Sterling77
Coutinho88
Suarez78
Sturridge98
b/r
Everton Player Ratings
PlayerHTFT
Howard77
Stones55
Jagielka55
Alcaraz76
Baines66
Barry55
McCarthy56
Mirallas66
Barkley67
Pienaar7n/a
Lukaku6n/a
b/r

First half analysis

LIVERPOOL—

Mignolet: Made one terrific save as Everton came into the game around the half-hour mark.

Flanagan: Strong in the challenge straight away. Has slotted right back into the team well.

Skrtel: Strong when he's needed to be, not challenged too much yet.

Toure: Tidied up nicely at ties, good interceptions twice.

Cissokho: The obvious weak link in the team so far, slack in possession.

Gerrard: There is a man possessed on the field of play tonight.

Coutinho: Very much from a central midfield role, has been pivotal in the Reds' success on the ball. Excellent.

Henderson: Limitless running, ball-winning and neat lay-offs, completing Liverpool's midfield.

Sterling: Keeping width well and troubling Everton with pace when infield.

Suarez: Excellent in deeper areas and linking the attack well, lots of movement.

Sturridge: Two cooler finishes you will not see. Fantastic both from the left and centrally.

 

EVERTON—

Howard: Could do nothing about the goals, one good save earlier though from Henderson.

Stones: Doesn't know who he's marking on account of Sturridge and Suarez's movement.

Jagielka: Has been beaten for pace several times. Oddly lax marking.

Alcaraz: Everton are missing Distin's organisational work, though Alcaraz has made a few timely interventions.

Baines: Not in the game as an attacking force yet.

Barry: Trying to dictate play but defensively Liverpool breezing past him.

McCarthy: Utterly overrun by Henderson and Gerrard in particular.

Barkley: Hasn't gotten into the game yet.

Mirallas: Managed to get past Cissokho twice but no telling delivery yet.

Pienaar: Coming infield to try and affect play but it's not happening for him.

Lukaku: Subbed with injury early on. No impact before that.

 

Second half analysis

LIVERPOOL—

Mignolet: Great save early on to deny Barkley, calm on his kicking.

Flanagan: Looked a seasoned veteran. Excellent. Huge ovation when subbed.

Skrtel: This was the Slovakian at his aggressive, marauding best, stapled head and all.

Toure: Solid, dependable, alert. Exactly what was needed.

Cissokho: Improved defensively and with his touch after half-time but still looked nervous and reactionary at times.

Gerrard: More controlled in his positioning and play after the break. Played the "defensive" midfield role very well.

Henderson: Not quite as involved as the first half but certainly complimented his two midfield team-mates superbly.

Coutinho: Revelled, absolutely revelled, in this freer, deeper role. Majestic on the ball but hard working.

Sterling: Not his best night for end product but was a huge problem for Everton all night. Excellent tracking back, too.

Sturridge: Missed a sloppily taken penalty and should have scored or squared another chance and subbed. Shouldn't overshadow his great performance though.

Suarez: His goal showed his best traits: hard work, strength, skill and finishing ability.

 

EVERTON—

Howard: Could have been out earlier for Suarez's goal perhaps.

Stones: Tough game for him tonight. Got forward well but defensively exposed.

Jagielka: Brought ball out of defensive at times but never close to the forwards.

Alcaraz: Looked solid enough in a way, in terms of pace was always going to lose but his positional play was largely good.

Baines: Not his best game at either end in truth.

Barry: Never got close to his opponents all game. Arguably more fouls than incisive passes.

McCarthy: Too often a half-second too slow with his touch and unsure with his decision making.

Barkley: Couldn't dominate the game the way he'd have liked to, but was still a prime threat for his team.

Mirallas: Kept very quiet other than one or two moments where he sprinted into space.

Osman: Couldn't get involved after coming on at the break.

Naismith: Anonymous all game long, not the striker Everton needed to lead the line.

 

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