Swansea vs Liverpool Player Ratings

Brendan Rodgers’ wait for his first win over former club Swansea continues as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw against the Swans.

Screaming out instructions from the bench...

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

In a contest between two sides that play similar styles of football, neither side could find the clinical edge to take away three points from the encounter.

Liverpool had several opportunities in the first half including an effort ruled offside for Jose Enrique, but the Reds' best opportunity of the night came after a second period counter-attack led by Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling. Unfortunately for Liverpool, the Uruguayan's shot was saved by Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel.  

Swansea

Gerhard Tremmel - 6.0

The Swansea custodian made surprisingly few saves despite the number of shots afforded to the Reds attack, and Tremmel should count himself lucky to come away with the clean sheet.

Angel Rangel - 5.0

Having to deal with the movement of Jose Enrique down his side meant Rangel could not go on his usual attacking runs. Although the Swansea defender placed himself in appropriate positions to stay close to Enrique, he struggled to cut out the Liverpool player's attacking passes.

Ashley Williams - 5.5

Despite coming up against a player he reportedly has "no respect" for, Williams found himself toiling to keep the Reds striker quiet, like so many other central defenders before him. The Welshman also appeared particularly suspect during set-pieces, during which he allowed his man Glen Johnson to power two headers over Tremmel's goal-mouth.

Chico - 6.0

The Spaniard made several thumping clearances in his attempt to maintain Tremmel's clean sheet, but Chico could do little about the onslaught of Liverpool attacks that headed his way. Struggling to nick the ball off Enrique and Luis Suarez, the central defender could only give chase and hope for the Reds to shoot wide each time.

Ben Davies - 6.0

Hot on the heels of committing his long-term future to the club, the 19-year proved why he was one Wales' rising defenders with an energetic showing against Raheem Sterling. While he was often outmatched for pace by Sterling, he chased down the Reds player every time he was passed, and proved surprisingly threatening in attack with his movement up the flank.

 Leon Britton - 6.5

Easily Swansea's unsung hero of the game, the central midfielder put in a tidy showing to prove why the team did not miss the influence of Joe Allen. The Englishman also proved his selflessness by putting his body on the line to clear away several deliveries that jeopardized his team's goal.

Jonathan de Guzman (off 84') - 4.5

The Dutchman started brightly for Swansea, but struggled to carry out his playmaking role when faced with a two banks of Red in front of him. Though he was involved in a few rare Swansea breakaways, de Guzman's lack of haste in decision-making often resulted in him losing the ball before the possession amounted to anything.

Wayne Routledge (off 66') - 5.0

The Englishman varied his movement often, going into channels to support Michu and Itay Shechter. While his runs appeared menacing on several occasions, his attempts at incisive passes were often cut out by the Liverpool centre-backs.

Pablo Hernandez - 6.5

One of Swansea's brighter sparks in attack during the first half, the Spaniard did well to vary his movement, confusing the Liverpool defence with his mazy runs. However, his influence in the game diminished considerably during the second period as his team saw very little of the ball.

Michu - 6.5

Playing in the hole just behind Shechter, Michu could have had more of an impact on the match had he received the ball more often from midfield. However, close marking from Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel meant the Spaniard had minimal impact on the game, although his physical presence did cause a slight headache for Liverpool during set-pieces.

Itay Shechter (off 45') - 4.5

The striker was unsurprisingly substituted at half-time as he did little more except to fire hopeful shots from outside the penalty area despite being afforded time on the ball by the Liverpool defence.

Substitutes

Ki Sung-Yeung (on 45') - 3.5

Despite being brought on to add flair and creativity to the Swansea midfield, Ki was largely disappointing in his 45 minute spell. The Korean nearly cost his team a goal when he misplaced a clearance right into the path of Suarez.

Nathan Dyer (on 66') - 6.0

The winger took up a position down the right flank for Swansea, as his manager Michael Laudrup hoped to take advantage of Stewart Downing's inexperience in defence.  Dyer proved dangerous on the counter-attack, but he was not afforded enough support to alter the score-line.

Kemy Agustein (on 84') - 6.0

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Liverpool

 Pepe Reina - 7.0

With his defenders seemingly content to allow Swansea to keep the ball, Reina was forced to be on his toes for most of the game. Nonetheless, the 30-year old proved that he was unaffected by his time on the side-lines, clocking in dedicated performance to convince manager Brendan Rodgers that it was the right decision to restore him to the starting 11.

Glen Johnson - 6.5

Johnson did a much better job of supporting the Liverpool attack as compared to Downing, with his rampaging runs often resulting in decent crosses that troubled Swansea goalkeeper Tremmel.

Jose Enrique - 7.5

The Spaniard has been thriving in his left wing role in recent games and he maintained his good attacking form in this fixture. Whether it was turning compatriot Rangel inside and out or finding pockets of space behind the watchful eye of the Swansea defence, one almost expected Enrique to get on the score-sheet or create an opening every time he was on the ball.

Martin Skrtel - 6.5

Skrtel was the better of the two Reds central defenders, rising to make several vital headers to deny the lurking Michu from scoring during Swansea set-plays

Daniel Agger - 6.5

Although the Dane attempted to keep up with the trickiness of Hernandez and Shechter, he was often left flat-footed by the Swansea duo. 

Joe Allen - 5.0

The Welshman has struggled to rediscover the sparkling form that convinced Liverpool to purchase him in the summer and he put in another indifferent performance in this fixture. 

Jordan Henderson (off 76') - 3.0

While Allen was largely disappointing, it was Henderson who put in the most unexceptional performance for the Reds. He hardly saw the ball for the most part of his time on the pitch, and his substitution was very much justified.

Steven Gerrard - 6.5

The Liverpool skipper no longer seems to possess as much game-changing ability as he used to, but one cannot fault his industry in midfield. Gerrard roamed the expanses of midfield to support his team-mates in attack in defence, but it was his set-piece deliveries that proved to be the most useful.

Stewart Downing (off 76') - 4.5

With so much to prove after being handed a rare start by Rodgers, Downing spent most of the game a largely anonymous figure. He hardly moved up in support of the attack, and though he endeavoured to keep up with Hernandez's runs down the right, his inexperience meant he took up poor positions that left him on the back-foot.

Raheem Sterling - 7.0

The young winger put in a conscientious performance which saw him shoulder both attacking and defensive responsibilities admirably. Sterling appears to be growing in stature with every game as he stayed composed in possession despite immense pressure from the opposition. Tormenting Davies with his speedy dribbles, the 17-year old put in several dangerous deliveries and got into decent goal-scoring positions, but to the disappointment of Liverpool fans, was not able to get on the score-sheet.

Luis Suarez - 7.5

Despite being outnumbered in and around the penalty area, Suarez made himself a thorn in the side of the Swansea defence with his crafty touches and shimmies. His movement around the box also freed up space for Enrique and Sterling to carve open opportunities.

Substitutes

Jonjo Shelvey (on 76') - 6.5

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Joe Cole (on 76') - 6.0

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