Newcastle vs Liverpool Player Ratings

Liverpool showed that Luis Suarez's suspension will do little to dull their appetite for goals with a 6-0 demolition of Newcastle at St James' Park.

What a miss!

Liverpool started the match with a bang with Daniel Agger getting onto the scoresheet in the third minute by looping a header past Elliot from close range after beating the offside trap. Their dominance over an insipid Newcastle continued through the half as they tore apart the Magpies' defence time after time and Jordan Henderson came up with a goal after Daniel Sturridge smartly set him up.

Newcastle started the second half hungrily after bringing Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoann Gouffran on, but their momentum was halted when Phillippe Coutinho fed Sturridge with a brilliant through ball on the counter attack to score Liverpool's third. Henderson then returned the favour for Sturridge to score the fourth and substitute Fabio Borini got into the scoring act as well with his first touch of the game to poke hom Stewart Downing's pass.

The home side were getting frustrated and it wasn't surprising to see Mathieu Debuchy end up getting sent off after a silly lunge at Coutinho. Liverpool were then in cruise control with Henderson's subsequent free kick from Debuchy's foul evading everyone in the box to end up in the back of the net.

Newcastle

Rob Elliot - 4

You can't help but feel that Elliot was abandoned by the men in front of him. He had so much to do and had so little help.

Mathieu Debuchy - 2

The Frenchman had a tough time dealing with Coutinho and let his frustration get the better of him with an irrational lunge at the youngster. Silly mistake and his suspension won't help his side who are already on a downwards spiral.

Steven Taylor - 3

Taylor looked out of sync with his fellow defenders (who are all French) and was as loose as a wizard's sleeve in the middle of defence, allowing Coutinho to constantly poke passes through easily.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - 4

Yanga-Mbiwa had a poor game defensively but was always chasing down opponents and not giving up the lost cause. 

Massaido Haidara - 3.5

The young full back had a few bright moments when going up but was abysmal when it came to defending. 

James Perch (Off 45') - 2.5

He was mediocre in midfield. Failed to close down the midfield before Liverpool got a pass in and contributed little to the attack. He isn't someone Newcastle need if they want to move forward as a club.

Cheick Tiote (Off 65') - 3.5

His physical challenges weren't really posing a problem for the free-flowing Liverpool midfield and had little else to add to his side except for late tackles.

Yohan Cabaye - 4.5

Cabaye didn't play to his best and he wasn't helped by his insipid team mates not making runs. 

Moussa Sissoko - 4

Sissoko was always hardworking and pressing Enrique, not giving up chasing any ball in the Newcastle half.

Jonas Gutierrez (Off 45') - 3.5

Gutierrez found the most space in midfield amont the Newcastle players but didn't do much with the ball - his crosses were poor and his shots were wayward. No wonder Liverpool chose to not mark him.

Papiss Demba Cisse - 4.5

Cisse can usually create a chance out of nothing but he found it hard to hang onto the ball for more than two touched in the match.

Substitutes

Hatem Ben Arfa (On 45') - 4.5

Newcaste gained momentum after he came on - not surprising given his natural talent to create magical moments. However, his head dropped after losing the ball for Liverpool's third goal and didn't turn up after. 

Yoann Gouffran (On 45') - 4

Gouffran couldn't get the better of either Liverpool's full backs and was poor with his delivery.

Vurnon Anita (On 65') - 4.5

He came on and tried to make amends by shoring up the midfield with his pace. Tried hard to little avail due to his team mates having already gave up.

 

Liverpool

Jose Reina - 6

Reina was hardly troubled throughout the game.

Glen Johnson - 7

Johnson's bursting runs down the right constantly threatened to open up the Newcastle defence and he was hardly tested by Gutierrez.

Luis Enrique - 5.5

He didn't look steady with Sissoko and Debuchy constantly closing him down and was lucky to have Lucas to cover back from him. He was otherwise anonymous in the match - strange, given his penchant to rush up for a chance at goal.

Jamie Carragher - 7

Carragher took everything Newcastle threw at him in his stride. He was barely troubled and looked calm in defence.

Daniel Agger - 7.5

Agger grabbed a goal with a smart run to beat the offside trap. He was also firm in defence to prevent Cisse from getting any chance on goal.

Lucas Leiva - 7.5

Leiva stood strong and constantly disrupted Newcastle's flow of play with smart covering up. He also passed the ball well in midfield.

Steven Gerrard (Off 72') - 8

The Liverpool captain's bid to play every minute of their Premier League campaign was foiled when he was brought off. Even then, he put up a starring performance with excellent distribution across the pitch and set up the first goal of the match.

Jordan Henderson - 8.5

Henderson looked comfortable in attack and his performance showed his potential as a goalscorer. His late runs from deep were always looking dangerous and he grabbed two goals for himself.

Stewart Downing - 7.5

Downing didn't have as much an impact as his starring team mates but put in his shift on the flank as well to set up Borini's goal.

Phillippe Coutinho (Off 85') - 9.5

Coutinho's magical quality was clear for everyone to see in the match where he was threading through passes like an experienced seamstress. His sublime pass for Sturridge's goal in particular was one that left everyone wowed and he was unlucky not to score a goal for himself after his shot was pushed onto the crossbar by Elliot. Deservingly named Man of the Match.

Daniel Sturridge (Off 85') - 9

He must have been frustrated after being kept from starting in Liverpool's past matched and showed Rodgers what he can do up front in this match. Sturridge was constantly darting behind the Newcastle defence to create chances. He unselfishly set up Henderson's first goal and grabbed two more for himself in the second half.

Substitutes

Fabio Borini (On 72') - 7.5

Borini showed he is more than ready to come back from his shoulder injury and step up into the void left by Suarez by scoring with his first chance in the game. He even paid tribute to Suarez by biting his hand in the celebration (just kidding!).

Suso (On 85') - N/A

Jonjo Shelvery (On 85') - N/A



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