Champions League Player Ratings - Liverpool 1-0 Debrecen

Ratings after Rafa Benitez's men pulled out a narrow win...


Pepe Reina - 7 - Arguably Liverpool's most consistent player, the Spaniard rarely puts a foot wrong, and was impeccable again here.

Glen Johnson - 7 - Offers a great outlet from right-back, especially as the Reds struggle against heavily-packed defences. Never gave the ball away and contributed impressively going forward.

Jamie Carragher - 7 - As reliable as ever, Carragher easily won his individual battle, and most of his central defensive colleague's as well.

Martin Skrtel - 5 - The Slovakian looks short of confidence currently. Poor distribution and a willingness to go to ground put his side in trouble on a few occasions.

Emiliano Insua - 6 - Defensively sound, and combined neatly with Riera down the left.

Dirk Kuyt - 8 - Revelling in his central role, the Dutchman grabbed the all-important goal on the stroke of half-time with another poacher's effort, and was his usual effervescent self throughout.

Lucas Leiva - 8 - His efforts are earning him increasing popularity with the Reds faithful, and he continued his ascent with a fine display. Strong and disciplined defensively, and economical in possession, Liverpool didn't miss Javier Mascherano.

Steven Gerrard - 6 - Certainly played within himself, but showed flashes of genius. Was inches away from a second goal with a stunning volley early in the second half.

Albert Riera - 6 - Most of Liverpool's best chances fell to the Spaniard, but he was unable to take any. Replaced by Babel late on after a so-so performance.

Yossi Benayoun - 6 - Quiet compared to his show-stealing display at the weekend, one run in the second half did get the crowd out of their seats, but not his most effective game.

Fernando Torres - 6 - Worked as hard as ever, and his unselfishness is an asset. Created the opener for Kuyt with a low strike that Poleksic spilled.


Ryan Babel - 6 - Not given very long to make an impression, but looked hungry and almost provided a late sealer with a deflected effort

Javier Mascherano - N/A

Fabio Aurelio - N/A


Vukasin Poleksic- 6 - Made a few useful saves, but also gave a lot of rebounds, one of which led to the all-important opening goal.

Laszlo Bodnar - 7 - Composed, confident and experienced, the Hungarian international looked a cut above his team-mates

Adam Komlosi - 6 - Strong aerially, and willing to play out from the back. Coped well with Torres' threat.

Norbert Meszaros - 7 - Marshalled his back-line well, and covered his partner at the back superbly.

Marcell Fodor - 6 - Picked up a booking early on which restricted him against Benayoun, but stuck to his task well.

Peter Czvitkovics - 7 - Looked the most likely to threaten. Tested Reina with a first half strike, and kept the ball neatly throughout.

Luis Ramos - 6 - Tidy, energetic and quick, the Honduran buzzed around midfield for an hour, but picked up an injury and had to go off.

Zoltan Kiss - 7- The captain of the side, and the one who kept Debrecen ticking over. Neat and effective.

Peter Szakaly - 6 - Quiet and ineffective throughout, no surprise when he was replaced.

Leandro - 6 - Charged with offering support to the lone striker, he instead spent most of his time defending.

Adamo Coulibaly - 6 - Worked tirelessly on his own for large parts. Briefly threatened in the second half, but lacked conviction.


Zsolt Laczko - 6 - Came on with energy, and added a bit of urgency to Debrecen's attacking play.

Robert Feczesin - N/A

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