[Player Ratings] Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea: Suarez Provides The ‘Bite’ In Dramatic Encounter

By on April 21, 2013

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Liverpool staged a remarkable late comeback to draw 2-2 with Champions League hopefuls Chelsea, with Luis Suarez unsurprisingly the centre of attention.

Chelsea took the lead in the first half when Oscar pulled away from his marker to head past Pepe Reina from a corner. The visitors had been in control but ex-Blue Daniel Sturridge was introduced at half-time and led the Reds’ rally, equalising with a cool finish on 52 minutes. Chelsea restored their lead in a pulsating game when Suarez was penalised for handling the ball in his own box, allowing Eden Hazard to score from the spot. With the game ticking away past the allocated injury time of six minutes, Suarez popped up to head the equaliser with the last touch of the game.

Chelsea will no doubt argue that the Uruguayan should not have been on the pitch to net the equaliser, following an extraordinary off the ball incident in which Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovich. It remains to be seen whether retrospective action will be taken by the FA against the Liverpool player. Here are player ratings from the game:

Liverpool

Reina – 6 – The busier of the two ‘keepers, including a couple of awkward moments.

Johnson – 6 – Got forward well as usual; contained majority of attacks down his side

Carragher – 6 – Dealt with most attacks, although was beaten for pace on more than one occasion

Agger – 7 –  Solid in the air and on the ground, Liverpool’s best defender

Enrique – 6 – Did nothing out of the ordinary, but dealt with danger when necessary

Gerrard – 7 – If Gerrard isn’t ticking, then neither usually are Liverpool. Improved in second half and drove his side forward

Lucas – 6 – Struggled to influence the game but kept things tidy

Downing – 5 – A number of poor touches let the winger down

Henderson – 6 – Passed the ball well but his team needed more from him in attack

Coutinho – 5 – Impressive of late, but the Brazilian seemed somewhat out of his depth here. Replaced at half-time

Suarez – 5 – His last minute exploits should have earned him a much higher score, however the Uruguayan conceded a penalty with a needless handball and left him and his club disgraced with the bite on Ivanovich.

Subs

Shelvey – 5 – Plenty of enthusiasm from the youngster but a few rash challenges could have ended badly

Sturridge – 8 – Very positive when introduced. Changed game for Liverpool and scored their first.

Chelsea

Cech – 6 – Did not have an awful lot to do but was generally comfortable. May have done better for Suarez’s goal

Azpilicueta – 7 – Was extremely busy in attack and gave Chelsea another dimension going forward

Ivanovich – 6 – Had a solid game at centre half and snuffed out the threat of Suarez all but till the 97th minute. Disbelief at being bitten by the Uruguayan.

David Luiz – 7 – Formed a good partnership with Ivanovich and limited the hosts to minimal attempts on goal. Had a fierce shot on goal

Bertrand – 7 – Was effective in attack and fairly solid in his defensive duties.

Mikel – 6 – Let the game pass him by somewhat but passed the ball well and kept play flowing

Ramires – 7 – As expected, the Brazilian worked hard for the cause and was often found driving his team forward with boundless energy.

Oscar – 7 – Opened the scoring with a deft header at the near post. Linked up well in attack

Hazard – 7 – Showed exemplary skill at times and always looked a threat. Coolly dispatched penalty

Mata – 8 – Chelsea’s Mr Consistent: showing great skill and vision throughout. Made things happen and never gave the ball away.

Torres – 5 – Not the return the ex Liverpool striker would have wanted. Looked out of his depth and ineffective.

Subs

Lampard, Moses, Benayoun – all late changes, had little effect on the game.

It was a compelling game at Anfield; a first half dominated by the visitors who were desperate for all three points in their push for Champions League qualification. Liverpool rallied and improved in the second half but Chelsea perhaps just edged it and were second away from victory before Suarez’s last-gasp effort.

Unfortunately the game will be remembered not for the football, but for an act of barbaric madness. Suarez will count himself lucky that he remained on the pitch to score the equaliser, but the Uruguayan may not be so lucky should the FA decide to take retrospective action. Liverpool stay 7th in the league while Chelsea move back up to 4th, just a point off Arsenal with a game in hand.

If you missed the game or want to relive the action you can watch highlights here.

What were your player ratings? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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2 Comments

  1. Onyedikachukwu okpara

    April 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Forget the game ok

  2. John

    April 22, 2013 at 7:15 am

    The coaches should also be rated in each game,just like the players,and in this regard Benitez was minus 5.Why did he kept Torres in the field of play when it was clear evident that he was just on holiday doing nothing? or was it just spirit of co-nationalism?What about Terry? He almost always made the wrong changes,at the wrong times, while he kept the players that was making little or no contribution in the field. Sometimes I wonder if this man is really a football coach? He can’t read games and know the right changes to be made,the worst part is that,it seems all the changes he usually made are predetermined,that is he’s already penned down those he would change in a game regardless of what the game/result is telling him! Demba Ba would not be playing this coming Thursday’s game,what stopped him from using him at least from the second half is what I don’t know. Benitez will surely destroy Chelsea before he gets out from there and that is his indirect mission!!!

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