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

Feb 072015
Everton 0, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Everton 0, Liverpool 0 Goodison Park, Liverpool (39,621) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Commanded his area well and made a good save towards the end of the game, as a Coleman shot deflected off Sakho on its way to him. Emre Can – 7 Coped well with Lukaku, but could have released the ball earlier on a few occasions. Martin Skrtel – 7 Swept up well and made some good clearing headers. Mamadou Sakho – 6 Good defensively, but uncharacteristically laboured in possession. *Jordon Ibe – 7 One of Liverpool’s brightest attackers, even with the likes of Coutinho, Sturridge and continue reading

Feb 042015
Bolton 1 , Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2 Macron Stadium, Horwich (22,171) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 86′, Coutinho 90′ Bolton scorer: Gudjohnsen 59′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Had to be alert early on, and was in the right position to save a Wheater header. Passed all the tests Bolton threw at him, even if there weren’t any difficult saves to make. Emre Can – 8 Set up Sterling for the equalising goal with an inventive lofted pass. Ran the game once he moved forward into midfield, and had a rasping left foot shot well saved by the Bolton keeper Lonergan. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Even though continue reading

Jan 312015
Liverpool 2, West Ham 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,718) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 51′, Sturridge 80′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Looks much better in the system, and even came to punch the odd cross. A much deserved clean sheet. Emre Can – 7 Business as usual, good on the ball and good enough defensively. Swapped positions with Skrtel in the second half, and showed some encouraging signs playing out from the middle of the defence. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Looked less comfortable after moving to right centre back in the second half. Mamadou Sakho – 7.5 Lazar Markovic – 6 Needs continue reading

Jan 282015
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 Stamford Bridge, London (40,659) Chelsea scorer: Ivanovic 94′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 8 Made a brilliant reaction save with his feet in the second half, after a Diego Costa shot was deflected on its way through, and made another vital tackle on the Brazilian not long after to save a certain goal. Emre Can – 7 Coped well with the threat of Hazard, and could keep pace with the Belgian once the field opened up, using his physical advantage to counter any trickery. Drove forward well with the ball when he chose to do so. Martin continue reading