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LFC player ratings in stunning 5-0 win over Spurs

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Brendan Rodgers‘ side produced an unforgettable display at White Hart Lane on Sunday, getting to within two points of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League in the process. Henry Jackson (@OnFootballTweet) rates the performances on the day. Do you agree?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's players applaud the travelling supporters after the 5-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET- 6 (out of 10)

The Reds ‘keeper didn’t have his finest game of the season, often looking unconvincing on the ball. He was slightly lucky to have been adjudged to have been fouled by Roberto Soldado, and had little to do in terms of shot stopping.

GLEN JOHNSON- 5

The 29-year-old was comfortably Liverpool’s weakest player on the day. He was erratic in possession, often putting his teammates under pressure with slack play. Also lacked his usual attacking thrust.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

MARTIN SKRTEL- 7

The Slovakian celebrated his 29th birthday in style, and was extremely solid throughout. He was strong in the tackle and kept Soldado quiet for the most part.

He has come a long way since his days at the club looked numbered last season.

MAMADOU SAKHO- 8

The Frenchman was superb, and read the game to perfection from start to finish. The 23-year-old may look slightly gangly on the ball, but his distribution and ability to play out from the back is both impressive and underrated.

JON FLANAGAN- 8

The youngster has been a revelation at left-back since being drafted into the side, proving many people wrong in the process. The 20-year-old kept the supposedly dangerous duo of Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon every quiet, and topped off a great display with his first ever senior goal.

LUCAS- 7

The Brazilian returned to the side in place of the injured Steven Gerrard, and produced one of his best performances of the season. He was a calming influence throughout, and his passing was more incisive and meaningful than it had been prior to him being dropped.

JOE ALLEN- 8

Allen has been criticised by many for his displays in a Reds shirt since his arrival from Swansea, but he was superb against a powerful Spurs midfield. The 23-year-old pressed relentlessly, was neat and tidy in possession and got forward when he could. A hugely encouraging performance.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 9

Henderson has been terrific all season, but his performance on Sunday was his best since signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2011. He was the clear Man of the Match, combining pace, power, a terrific goal and a great array of passing. The Englishman is getting better and better, and will only grow further in confidence after that outstanding performance.

RAHEEM STERLING- 8

The 19-year-old has had a tough year since a great start to last season, but he was terrific against Andre Villas-Boas’ side. From the start, he caused Kyle Naughton all sorts of problems with his pace and trickery. He played a key part in both Henderson’s goal, showing why so many see him as a future Liverpool and England regular.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 6

Not the 21-year-old’s most effective display in a Liverpool shirt. He was wasteful on the ball considering his vast talent, but did still look a constant threat. Delightful pass in the lead up to Henderson’s goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the first goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LUIS SUAREZ- 8

Is there a better player in world football at the moment? Some would argue Cristiano Ronaldo, with Lionel Messi injured, but the Uruguyan is absolutely phenomenal.

Two more magnificently-taken goals took his league tally to 17 in just 11 games, and he also played a pivotal role in two of Liverpool’s other goals. For his incredibly high standards he was slightly sloppy on the ball, but that’s being very picky.

What would your ratings be? Where do you disagree?

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  • redder

    Johnson really seems to be suffering from a dip in form. He’s played 4 games in 15 days now. Obviously he’s not from the only one to do so and for a club that wants CL football added to our fixture list, this should not be problem. But since he does have a tendency to suffer injuries and with a long season ahead (world cup year), it might be worth resting him for the Cardiff game in the hope that he is ready to produce big performances against City & Chelsea in quick succession.

  • ziyaoodin

    sorry you got it wrong suarez is the actual man of the match.. he got involve in all the goal liverpool scored.

  • BEAST

    Glen Johnson was the only Liverpool player who didn’t perform to a good standard.Their winger Chadli had him on toast in the first half.But his end product luckily for us was dreadful.

  • StevenG

    This ratings looks and sounds like somebody who is acting like they were not impressed. Don’t blame the goalie and the Defense for the strong midfield. How many times people have been crying about our midfield is not solid enough and it’s putting pressure on our defense??

  • gora-gora-xabi-alonso

    Bit harsh on the key master. He seemed to add a touch of quality to many of the moves that resulted in a goal or chance. A minimum 7, no?

    • Abyss

      Why even 7? These ratings are fairly harsh and inaccurate. You don’t defeat a Spurs side at WHL 5-0 with that kind of rating average for the team.

  • FritzCanuck

    I agree with all but Lucas who was crucial in keeping the clean sheet and rates an 8 and Johnson who seemed disinterested or half asleep. No more than a 4.

  • George Finglas

    I agree with most assessments and reasons stated. It should be next to impossible to get a 10 a player would have to have delivered 100% passing etc? strictly speaking Swarez walked away with MOTM for me, but the decision not to award it to him was correct. We have to encourage other players to stand up to the plate and take chances. Liverpool is not a one man team and BR should be capable of making changes when needed.

  • shankytee

    Henderson now needs to produce on a regular basis, otherwise we will need another midfielder in January.

  • John Edwards

    Coutinho had a far better game than Allen who seems to get rave reviews for ordinary performances (i thought Lucas did better out of the pair of them yesterday) Little Phil may have given the ball away a few times but he was driving at the Spurs defence every time he had the ball and ran himself to exhaustion. If you have played football you would know its a lot harder in the final 3rd of the pitch than it is sitting 10 yards behind the play and picking the ball up in space. Paul Scholes got away with it in the last few years of his career. Try picking the ball up when someones snapping at your heels like Suarez/Coutinho & Sterling had to. A couple of minor points 1 Coutinho was falling over at the end and shoulda been subbed earlier, maybe Ibe is a better replacement than Moses 2 We kept going for 90 minutes and showed great energy levels (Hendo/Sterling/Suarez/Flanno) while Spurs looked to be falling apart with 15 minutes left. Was it the thursday night game catching up on them? I think we will have harder games at Chelski and City lets hope we can step it up again.

    • fttfs

      You’re watching a different game if you think Allen was only ordinary mate! Makes the rest of your paragraph invalid in my eyes ;)

  • Abyss

    What the what!? Why didn’t anyone get a 10? Henderson and Sterling personally do deserve a 10 – Coutinho a 9 and Suarez probably a 10 as well. Coutinho was not wasteful on the ball IMO.

    The front three were harrowing the Tottenham defense and they had no answer for Sterling throughout the match…give more credit where credit is due please. I agree Spurs were fairly shambolic, but this really was the best team performance of the season.

  • Thepagal

    Hendo a 10

  • Imgonnafart

    I do not believe Coutinho deserved that rating. I think he actually let the play move, although he did lose a few possessions. Lucas was absolutely immense, blocking shots, covering the back 4, he warranted a near MOTM rating, in my honest opinion. I still do think Suarez was the MOTM, and Henderson running at his heels. Just my two cents worth.

  • GandalfTheGreen

    I think Cardiff at home is the perfect change to “rest” Johnson and give Kelly a shot. I know its never wise to change a winning team but Johnson needs competition the way he has been performing of late.

  • fttfs

    Don’t pretend that all fans slated Henderson! You must be going by some comment sections online. Even so, how can captain of the day not get MOTM simply because he’s always so damn good?

  • Ucok Silalahi

    I’ve been wondering, maybe the dip in Johnson’s form has something to do with his contract situation?

  • Joseph Costello

    Disagree with your Glen Johnson comments , the worst Liverpool player was again Lucas , he gives the team nothing . Offload him to Napoli in January .

  • SuperGops

    Johnson the weak link. even the young flanagan is doing a better job. Time for Kelly to get a look in. And i disagree with Coutinho’s rating…he was a 8 too…