West Ham United vs. Liverpool FC: Rating the Reds' Performances

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Joe Cole (L) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with Jonjo Shelvey during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on December 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Brendan Rodgers will be happy to see his team collect the three points against West Ham after a game in which the Reds put in yet another indifferent display.

Glen Johnson opened the scoring, before a West Ham penalty and an own goal from Steven Gerrard completed the Hammers' first-half comeback.

However, Liverpool had the final say in this match.

Joe Cole scored the equaliser 15 minutes from time, before an own goal from James Collins concluded the match.

Here's how I rate the performances of each Liverpool player:

Pepe Reina: 7/10

Overall, Reina put in a decent performance as he never really looked troubled by the West Ham offence. Also, couldn't really do much about either of West Ham's goal.

Glen Johnson: 8/10

Scored with a tremendous shot from outside the area to put the Reds in front after only 11 minutes. Ventured forward at every given opportunity causing the opposition defence numerous problems and looked solid in defence as well.

Man of the match.

Martin Skrtel: 7.5/10

Struggled with the sheer size and physicality of Carlton Cole, but eventually managed to come out on top as he stifled most of the attacks that went through Cole. Made vital clearances throughout the match.

Daniel Agger: 7/10

Similarly to Skrtel, Agger had problems with the ever-threatening Cole throughout the match, but came out on top with the help from Skrtel. The Dane also made a couple of important interceptions in the first half.

Jose Enrique: N/A

The Liverpool left-back had to be substituted due to injury after a quiet 30-minute appearance.

Lucas Leiva: 7/10

Was decent throughout as he kept things simple and helped distribute the ball forward. Substituted in the second half as Liverpool looked to turn its fortunes around.

Steven Gerrard: 6/10

A game to forget for the Liverpool captain.

Was booked and then scored an own goal to put West Ham in front in the closing stages of the first half. Improved in the second half, but couldn't really stamp his mark on the game.

Joe Allen: 6.5/10

Was unlucky to see the penalty given against him as he looked to block the shot with his body rather than use his hand.

Decent in defence and often pushed forward, but failed to make a significant impact in the attack.

Stewart Downing: 7/10

Largely anonymous in his display before he was switched to the left-back position.

However, once he settled into his new role, Downing never looked back, making important interceptions as well as going forward and helping the attack. Sent in a couple of dangerous crosses that could have well ended up in the net had his teammates known how to use them.

Raheem Sterling: 7.5/10

Struggled with the physicality of the West Ham defence early on, but quickly grew into the game.

Had a fantastic opportunity to score in the 15th minute, but his shot went just wide. Improved in the second half and almost grabbed a goal himself before sending in a world-class, first-touch assist for Joe Cole to equalise.

Jonjo Shelvey: 7/10

Failed to impose himself in the false-nine role, but linked up well with Sterling throughout the match. Constantly put pressure on the West Ham defense and played a vital part in the third Liverpool goal.

Overall, a decent performance in an unfamiliar role.


Joe Cole: 7/10

Came in after only 30 minutes, but failed to do much in the first half.

However, much improved in the second half and eventually grabbed the all-important equaliser with a well-taken finish.

This was a performance Cole will be looking to build upon.

Jordan Henderson: 7/10

Came on for Lucas as Liverpool looked to turn things around. And did exactly that as he sent in the cross that eventually led to Collins' own goal that put the match to bed.

All in all, Henderson will be happy with his performance.

Sebastian Coates: N/A

Came on in the closing stages of the match as Liverpool looked to see the game off. Wasn't given enough time on the pitch to make any kind of an effect.

What do you think? Who was Liverpool's best player against West Ham?


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