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Liverpool v Cardiff: Player ratings

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Suarez in fine form yet again. (©GettyImages)
Suarez in fine form yet again. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool went top of the Premier League after beating Cardiff City 3-1 in the midday kick-off on Saturday.

Here, GMS contributor Danyal Ameri Khan gives his player ratings for the game.

Liverpool:

Simon Mignolet - 5

The rating is mainly due to the lack of action the Belgian saw today. He was rarely called upon, but he still lacked accurate decision-making on crosses and free-kicks.

Glen Johnson - 6

Johnson bombarded the right-wing in the first half with Sterling, as they caused numerous problems for Andrew Taylor. As he moved to left-back in the second half, he was less affective and made many stray passes. 

Martin Skrtel - 5

Skrtel wasn't at his best against Cardiff. He must improve his marking on set-pieces instead of pulling and obstructing the opposition. He wasn't tested by Peter Odemwingie or Fraizer Campbell, but against stronger opposition and a better referee he may have been embarrassed. 

Mamadou Sakho - 6

Rodgers will be happy with how Sakho's adjusted to life in the Premier League. Although he was partly at fault for Cardiff's equaliser, he was solid for large parts of the game and provided an attacking threat at corners. 

Jon Flanagan - 7

Substituted after 54 minutes to give Martin Kelly minutes, the left-back looked solid once again. Going forward he was a threat but he was defensively sound as well. The young defender will have a massive future if he continues to progress his game.

Lucas Leiva - 7

Another solid performance by the Brazilian, it's understandable how many believe he's an integral part of Liverpool's title chances as he provides the steel in front of the defense and maintains a quick tempo. 

Joe Allen - 4

A bit of a topsy-turvy game for Allen. He showed glimpses of why Liverpool bought him from Swansea, but his decision-making was close to awful in the final third. He attempted many long-range passes, which failed to hit their mark.

Jordan Henderson - 8

Henderson showed why he's been backed for a ticket to Brazil, after a very impressive performance in against Cardiff. Henderson had a part in all three goals, assisting Luis Suarez in two, and providing the splitting pass for Suarez to lay off to Sterling for the second. His movement was excellent, continuously finding space to feed Suarez.

Raheem Sterling - 8

The Liverpool winger is finding his form once again as he gave Andrew Taylor a torrid time in their 3-1 win against Cardiff. He was a constant threat and scored one of the easiest goals of his short career. He must improve his final ball but that will come with maturity. 

Philipe Coutinho - 6

Coutinho was a good attacking asset for Liverpool against Cardiff but he failed to convert any of his long-range chances. He linked up well with Suarez but it won't be a performance that will stay in his memory.

Luis Suarez - 10

It's not often a player obtains a 10 in an analysis of players' performance, but giving him a 9 just isn't right. The striker was world-class once again, with a brace and an assist and he almost looked untouchable at times.

Substitutes

Martin Kelly - 5

Brought on by Brendan Rodgers after 54 minutes, didn't have the same impact Glen Johnson did at right-back, but he was solid nevertheless. 

Daniel Agger - N/A

The defender was brought on after 83 minutes to solidify Liverpool's defense. 

Cardiff

David Marshall - 5

The Cardiff goalkeeper was unlucky to find a world-class striker celebrating a new contract and a pay rise. He was helpless for all three goals, but did make a superb save with his legs in the first half. 

Kevin Theophile-Catherine - 3

The Frenchman wasn't very good. One of his biggest assets is his attacking play, but he was pinned back by Liverpool for a majority of the game. He couldn't handle Coutinho, Henderson or Suarez and he probably needed more help but he sold himself too easily on many occasions.

Ben Turner - 4

The defender's best parts of the game were in the opposition's box when he was a threat from free-kicks and corners. He, along with his defense, couldn't handle Liverpool's attacking players such as Suarez, Henderson, Coutinho and Sterling.

Steven Caulker - 4

Cardiff's captain was livid for much of the game as Skrtel man handled him from free-kicks and corners, but he still couldn't help his team avoid conceding three goals. 

Andrew Taylor - 3

The left-back experienced one of his worst games of his career as he was constantly under pressure from Sterling and Johnson. He couldn't decide who to defend and he failed to apply the offside trap correctly when trying to catch Sterling offside. 

Gary Medel - 4

The Chilean was ineffective against Liverpool. He had no impact defensively or offensively and he didn't offer much to the game as a whole. 

Aron Gunnarsson - 5

Gunnarsson made some beautiful cross-field passes but he couldn't impose his passing game upon Liverpool as he was always under pressure from Allen and Henderson.

Peter Whittingham - 6

The experienced midfielder swung in a beautiful free-kick for Jordan Mutch to convert. He was involved in all of Cardiff's best play and he delivered some beautiful free-kicks which couldn't been converted.

Craig Noone - 6

Another bright performance, Noone caused problems on the right wing for Cardiff but his final ball was missing at times. He will exploit weaker teams with his ability.

Jordan Mutch - 7

Scored a precise header after 58 minutes to bring Cardiff back into the game. Probably Cardiff's best player on the day, showing some class touches and passes.

Peter Odemwingie - 5

Unfortunately for the striker, he couldn't make an impact for Cardiff going forward. He tried to defend from the front but he couldn't bring his side into the game at all.

Frazier Campbell - 6

Brought on early in the second half, he did give Cardiff an extra edge with his pace and strength. He held the ball up well and won a few free-kicks from the likes of Joe Allen.

Substitutes

Kim-Bo Yeung - 4

The attacking midfielder failed to make any impression as he was brought on around 53 minutes in the second half. He misplaced many passes and he couldn't test Liverpool's defense.

Andreas Cornelius - N/A

The striker had some encouraging signs to break into Cardiff's starting XI, but he's still rusty and desprately needs game-time to obtain match-fitness.

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