Liverpool vs West Ham Player Ratings

Liverpool failed to break down West Ham's dogged resistance as both teams played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Sunday.

Since when is it ok to head with your eyes closed?

By FOX SPORTS Staff

The Reds were arguably the better team throughout and created several decent goalscoring opportunities, but heroic West Ham defending and woeful finishing by Brendan Rodgers' men meant both teams left Anfield with a share of the spoils.

Here, FOX SPORTS rates the players who took part in the game.

Liverpool

Pepe Reina - 7

Given how poor West Ham were in attack and how good both Agger and Carragher were, Reina was a virtual spectator in goal. The most notable aspect of Reina's evening was his superb distribution which helped launch several Liverpool counter-attacks.

Glen Johnson - 6.5

Defending has never been Johnson's strong point, and the England international's poor positioning was evident once again as Jarvis constantly found time and space down his flank to deliver crosses into the box. Nonetheless, Johnson did provide an attacking thrust to Liverpool's game and troubled the Hammers with his overlapping runs on a few occasions.

Jamie Carragher - 7

Carragher is the embodiment of the popular adage that "old is gold". The veteran defender performed admirably at the back and showed great awareness to cover for his team-mates when needed.

Daniel Agger - 8.5

Having played below average the past few games, Agger seems to have made a timely return to form as he put in a superb shift in defence on Sunday. The Danish international was a rock at the back and made numerous interceptions and timely blocks to prevent West Ham from really troubling Reina in goal.

Jose Enrique - 7

The Hammers hardly attacked via Enrique's flank, and the former Newcastle player thus had the license to roam forward as he pleased. Enrique did manage to get himself into advanced positions, but his final ball was often found wanting.

Lucas Leiva - 6.5

Lucas will be thanking his lucky stars Hammers striker Cole has the scoring touch of a club-footed duck. The Brazilian midfielder, who was error-prone throughout the game, was carelessly caught in possession at the edge of his own box midway through the first-half, but Cole, and Agger, spared his blushes after the former fired his shot straight into the latter despite having nearly the entire goal to aim for. Nonetheless, Lucas proved to be the hero for Liverpool after he cleared Collison's goalbound header off the line late in the game.

Steven Gerrard - 7.5

Liverpool's captain "marvel" tried his best to inspire his side with an all-action display in midfield. Unfortunately for the Reds, even Gerrard was unable to pry open West Ham's stubborn defence, although he did set up several decent goalscoring chances for his team-mates during the course of the game.

Jordan Henderson (71' off) - 6

Despite a slight upturn in form in recent games, many are still unconvinced that Henderson can ever develop into a top player, and the 22-year-old did nothing to dispel that notion with an unspectacular shift in midfield.

Stewart Downing (25' off) - 6

Downing was substituted too early to influence the game much, but he still managed to deliver a few good crosses into the box during his time on the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho - 8.5

Coutinho was undoubtedly Liverpool's best player against West Ham. The Brazilian enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a lively display on the left flank and was involved in almost everything good the Reds did in the attacking third.

Luis Suarez - 6.5

Suarez was far from his best and was kept quiet by the impressive Collins for majority of the game. The Uruguayan still showed glimpses of his quality with a few sumptuous touches and got the crowd on their feet after nutmegging Collins in the first-half, but he was by and large unable to make an impact for Liverpool in attack.

Substitutions

Daniel Sturridge (25' on) - 7

Sturridge added much more pace and directness to Liverpool's game when he came on. However, he will need to improve on his decision making in the final third if he is to secure a first-team berth as he often gave away possession too cheaply in advanced positions.

Oussama Assaidi (71' on) - 6.5

Assaidi, making his Premier League debut for the club, had a decent game when he came on and almost scored with a low, rasping drive from outside the box which just went wide.

West Ham

Jussi Jaaskelainen - 7.5

Jaaskelainen was never really tested in goal, but the veteran custodian still had to be alert in goal to make a few smart stops.

Guy Demel - 7.5

Demel was a solid presence on the right for West Ham and kept track of Enrique's overlapping runs very well. He made a few good tackles on Coutinho, and apart from a few minor blips, it was a very good showing by the 31-year-old.

James Collins - 9

Marking Suarez, the current leading scorer in the Premier League, is as tough a job as any. Fortunately for West Ham, Collins was in inspired form on Sunday and completely dominated the tricky Uruguayan. The commanding centre-back was simply unbeatable in the air and made a number of vital tackles to prevent the Reds from making inroads into the penalty box.

James Tomkins - 8

Tomkins may go home battered and bruised, but he has every reason to hold his head up high after a superb display in defence. The 24-year-old dovetailed well with Collins to prevent Liverpool from scoring and made a number of last-ditch tackles to deny Suarez from making inroads into the penalty box.

Joey O'Brien - 7

O'Brien put in an energetic shift on the left and showed great awareness to make a few interceptions.

Gary O'Neil - 7

O'Neil may not have been the most technically gifted player on the pitch, but he more than made up for it with his impressive work-rate. The 29-year-old constantly harried and hassled Liverpool's midfielders and won back possession for his team several times.

Mohamed Diame - 7

Diame was the spark in the middle of the pitch for West Ham and troubled Liverpool's defence with his tricky feet and powerful runs. The 25-year-old very nearly scored a wonder goal in the first-half when he dribbled past four Liverpool players into the box but could only manage to fire his shot over the bar from a tight angle.

Matt Jarvis - 7

Jarvis fully exploited the space the attacking-minded Johnson often left behind and delivered several good crosses into the box. The 26-year-old was the livewire for West Ham on the left flank and could have got himself an assist if Cole had converted one of the few chances he created.

Ricardo Vaz Te - 5.5

Vaz Te failed to provide sufficient defensive protection to his defenders, allowing the likes of Enrique and Coutinho the move into advanced positions. Offensively, the Portuguese was too stagnant to trouble Liverpool's defence.

Kevin Nolan - 5.5

It was a subdued performance by Nolan in midfield. The former Newcastle player gave away possession too cheaply and seemed overwhelmed by the immense presence of Gerrard.

Carlton Cole - 3.5

Cole was entrusted with the task of leading the line for the Hammers in the absence of Andy Carroll. However, the 29-year-old, who spent most of the evening lumbering around aimlessly, failed to trouble the Liverpool defence and was too easily marked out of the game by Agger.

Substitutes

Matthew Taylor (62' on) - 5.5

Taylor did his chances of securing first-team football no favours with an ineffective display in the middle of the pitch.

Jack Collison (62' on) - 6

Collison came close to securing all three points for his side but Lucas cleared his goalbound header off the line. Apart from that effort, Collison was largely anonymous when he came on.

Emmanuel Pogatetz (83' on) - N/A



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