Mar 222015
Liverpool 1, Manchester United 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Manchester United 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,405) Liverpool scorer: Sturridge 69′ Man United scorer: Mata 14′, 59′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 A few shaky moments in possession of the ball, but somehow he managed to get out of trouble each time. Almost saved the first goal, and couldn’t do anything with the second. Saved a penalty from Rooney late in the game. Emre Can – 6 Was targeted by Manchester United from the outset, as they played long balls in his direction aiming for Marouane Fellaini. Struggled early on, recovered slightly, then gave away a soft penalty before the continue reading

Mar 172015
Swansea 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Swansea City 0, Liverpool 1 Liberty Stadium, Swansea (20,828) Liverpool scorer: Henderson 68′ Simon Mignolet – 8 Commanding from the outset. Made good saves from Gomis and Sigurdsson in the first half. Emre Can – 5.5 Couldn’t cope with Gomis early on, and let Neil Taylor past him with ease on one occasion. Still vital to the system when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7.5 Covered well in the middle of the defence. Stepped out of defence and made a good forward pass in the build up to the goal. Another solid, impressive performance. Mamadou Sakho – 7 continue reading

Mar 082015
Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,820) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 His impressive save from an Alex Baptiste header was a key moment in the game. The previous version of Mignolet might have left it for Adam Lallana to head off the line, but in this instance he took control of the situation. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Playing at right centre back, he played the odd good pass but was too slow when it came to making decisions, and can often take several touches to control a ball. Martin Skrtel – N/A Forced off with an injury in the continue reading

Mar 052015
Liverpool 2, Burnley 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Burnley 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,717) Liverpool scorers: Henderson 29′, Sturridge 51′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Commanded his area well when required, and judged most things well. Not really called upon tom make any saves. Emre Can – 7 Takes everything in his stride, and drives the team on every time he’s in possession. A real all round footballer whose defensive nous is improving. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to do. Dejan Lovren – 6 His passing is still sloppy, but improving slightly, and he played his own part in helping the side continue reading

Mar 012015
Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,590) Liverpool scorers: Henderson 11′, Coutinho 75′ Man City scorers: Dzeko 25′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Looks less comfortable without Sakho in front of him, and failed to come for the odd ball which should have been his. Emre Can – 6.5 If a game appears to be going quiet, normal, or stale, Can will step out of defence and liven it up again. At one point he was in the centre forward position, then the next minute he’d be back in defence receiving a pass from Skrtel. Not the best defensively on the continue reading

Feb 262015
Besiktas 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Beşiktaş 1, Liverpool 0 Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul Beşiktaş scorer: Arslan 72′ Penalties Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made some saves which would normally be routine, but on this surface nothing was. Beaten by a bullet of a strike. Was beaten by some good penalties in the shoot-out. Kolo Touré – 6 Martin Skrtel – 6 Dejan Lovren – 6 Moved from the right to the left of the back three, making some good interventions throughout. Won a good amount of Aerial duels. Stepped up to take the all important 5th penalty, but hit it over the bar. Jordon Ibe – 6 Emre Can continue reading

Feb 222015
Southampton 0, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Southampton 0, Liverpool 2 St Mary’s, Southampton (31,723) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 3′, Sterling 73′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Another solid performance from the revived Belgian, in difficult conditions thanks to the wet weather. Dejan Lovren – 5.5 Made the odd good intervention, but generally struggled, especially when Liverpool’s defensive line was high. A pass success of 65% sums up his performance on the ball. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Couldn’t cope with Graziano Pellé early on, and Southampton’s long balls over the top or round the side caused problems for him and Lovren. Grew into the game and was impressive in continue reading

Feb 192015
Liverpool 1, Besiktas 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Beşiktaş 0 Anfield, Liverpool () Liverpool scorer: Balotelli 85′ (pen) Simon Mignolet – 7 Made one excellent save from Demba Ba, getting low down to his left to save from the striker who was through on goal. Emre Can – 6 Not his best display at centre back, but improved as the game went on, and especially once moving into midfield. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Struggled to cope with Ba for much of the night. Mamadou Sakho – 6.5 Liverpool’s best defender in what wasn’t an entirely convincing clean-sheet performance from the unit. Shows some good skills on the ball, continue reading

Feb 142015
Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 Selhurst Park, London Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 49′, Lallana 58′ Palace scorer: Campbell 15′ Player Ratings *Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made some key saves which kept Liverpool in the tie, and was commanding in his area more often than not. Emre Can – 6 Goes wandering from his defensive station but you get the impression that this is part of the plan. As long as someone covers for him he’s a great attacking weapon from deep. Martin Skrtel – 5 At fault for the Palace goal, and struggled with Dwight Gayle whenever he came up against him. Gave away a couple of continue reading

Feb 102015
Liverpool 3, Spurs 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Tottenham Hotspur 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,577) Liverpool scorers: Markovic 15′, Gerrard 53′ (pen), Balotelli 83′ Tottenham scorers: Kane 26′, Dembélé 61′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Made a great save  from Lamela in the second half. His kicking was generally poor, but he played a part in the first goal as it was his long kick from hands to Sturridge which set the move off. *Emre Can – 8 Dominates his area of the pitch in whatever position he plays. Can now be classed as a central defender, such is his proficiency in the position, but looked equally at continue reading