Liverpool player ratings

Hart - cuts a far more imposing figure than he did before his year away. Controlled the back line well and made a superb flurry of saves to deny Liverpool at 2-0. 7.5

Richards - a surprise recall to the line-up and atoned for the performance at White Hart Lane. Not required in attack too often but a job well done. 7

Kolo Toure - made one foray into the opposition territory but was largely confined to defensive duties but looked as assured as we have seen him. 7.5

Kompany - appears to grow in stature with each game. Strong, composed and committed in the tackle he rarely allowed Torres an opportunity. 8

Lescott - not a natural left back by any stretch but when he stuck to the basics performed well. Should see plenty of playing time with injuries in that area. 7

de Jong -such a vital shield in front of the defence and allows for Barry and (Yaya) Toure to get forward. Made a couple of memorable tackles on Torres. 7.5

Barry -far more effective and involved when you see him live as opposed to TV. Capped a good night with a goal and won't be easily moved from the side. 7.5

Yaya Toure - didn't appear to break stride but turned in a very accomplished performance. Played in a slightly advanced role but makes the game appear simple and set to play a big part this season. 8

Johnson - perhaps his best performance in a City shirt. Direct, skilful and full of running, he tormented Agger in particular. Went close with a fizzing shot and won the penalty late on. 8

Milner - an impressive debut. Showed all of the versatility, drive, dynamism and energy that made Roberto Mancini so high on him. 8

Tevez - not always flourished as a lone front man but was excellent yesterday, tireless and linking well with Johnson in particular. Got his rewards with two goals and reports of a lack of motivation appear unfounded. 8

Subs -

Zabaleta - the utility man and Mancini favourite got a late taste of the action. 7

Jo - introduced rather than Adebayor, but can't have been anything more than a ‘shop window' exercise. 7

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker