Liverpool and Manchester United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday, with Javier Hernandez cancelling out a Steven Gerrard opener.
Both teams rallied to try and win the game in the second half but in the end they were both happy to come away without a defeat in what Sir Alex Ferguson called the ‘biggest match in the world’.
Liverpool player ratings:
Pepe Reina 7 – Wasn’t troubled much by United in terms of shots on target, but he was dominant in his penalty area as usual and was a calming influence. He was helpless to stop Hernandez’s header, however.
Martin Kelly 7 – This was the first time he had started this huge fixture for Liverpool and he coped very well. He struggled at times with the threat of Evra on the overlap but he had a good game defensively and dealt with the threat of Young really well.
Jamie Carragher 7 – Seems to relish these matches and he was once again a rock at the back for Liverpool making countless interceptions and clearing headers.
Martin Skrtel 6 – One of the Slovakian’s better performances this season as he also coped with the threat of United for large periods of the game. But he crucially lost Hernandez from the corner which Man United equalised from and missed a great chance to win the game at the end.
Jose Enrique 8 – Another fine performance from the Spanish at left-back. He and Downing didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength for much of the first half in an attacking sense but Enrique grew into the match, defending solidly and getting forward to support the attack when needed.
Stewart Downing 5 – Struggled to really impose himself on the game in the first half but grew into it slightly in the second. He put in a few good crosses towards the end of the match but he was reluctant to take people on at times and he was on the periphery of the match for large periods.
Charlie Adam 8 – Arguably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt so far. He took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half as he made some brilliant solo runs from midfield, his crucial run forced the free kick from which Gerrard scored. He was always on the front foot and got the crowd going.
Lucas 6 – A decent game from the Brazilian but he couldn’t really impose himself in the match and make the tackles he usually makes as he was booked in the first half for a foul on Park. Replaced by Henderson early in the second half.
Steven Gerrard 8 – A magnificent return to the first team for the skipper. Scored a lovely free-kick at the kop end and led the team in typical fashion. He looked like a new signing for the reds and never looked like a player starting his first game for six months, as he kept going for the entire 90 minutes. Liverpool will get better with him in the side playing like this.
Dirk Kuyt 6 – The Dutchman worked his socks off as usual but he didn’t see much of the ball in the final third. Despite playing on the right he tried to support Suarez up front aswell as supporting Kelly in a defensive sense. Does a great job for the team and almost scored a second for Liverpool immediately after United equalised but his shot was parried by De Gea.
Luis Suarez 7 – Was forced to play up front alone for much of the game and fed off scraps, but the Uruguayan’s ability to hold the ball up and create chances from nothing was fantastic. Almost scored in the first half when he turned Evans, but shot straight at De Gea. He was a constant thorn in the United defence, forcing Ferdinand into giving away a number of fouls.
Jordan Henderson 6 – Almost scored with a wonderful half volley which De Gea tipped wide, but he really should’ve won the game in injury time with a free header.