Oct 012015
Liverpool 1, FC Sion 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, FC Sion 1 Anfield, Liverpool (37,252) Liverpool scorer: Lallana 4′ Sion scorer: Assifuah 17′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Sion’s goal went through his legs, and he came out to punch a few crosses but Anfield isn’t convinced by him. Emre Can – 6.5 Began on the right of a three man defence, but moved into the middle in the second half where he was one of few players able to drive the team forward. Was then shifted out to the right again where he was less effective. Kolo Toure – 5.5 Lost most of his headers against the Sion forwards continue reading

Sep 262015
Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,226) Liverpool scorers: Milner 2′, Sturridge 59′, 67′ Aston Villa scorer: Gestede 66′, 71′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Had little to do, but perhaps could have been sharper for Aston Villa’s first goal as the ball sailed through his six yard box while he watched. Emre Can – 5.5 Lost Gestede for the first goal, and had made a mistake previously to this which presented the striker with a good chance. Martin Skrtel – 6 Has an easy time of it in the middle of a back three. Clearing up scraps rather than being proactive. continue reading

Sep 242015
Liverpool 1, Carlisle 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Carlisle United 1 Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (42,518) Liverpool scorer: Ings 23′ Carlisle scorer: Asamoah 34′ Adam Bogdan – 6.5 Had little to do, but was beaten at the near post by Asamoah for Carlisle’s goal. Made three save in the shoot-out to win the tie for his side. Emre Can – 6 Stepped out from the back well, regularly becoming an auxiliary midfielder when space opened up. Played a good cross for Origi in the second half. Chipped a cool penalty into the middle of the goal during the shoot-out. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Didn’t know continue reading

Sep 222015
Liverpool 1, Norwich 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Norwich 1 – 20/09/2015 Anfield, Liverpool (44,072) Liverpool scorer: Ings 48′ Norwich scorer: Martin 61′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Cost his side a goal as he came out to deal with a corner, failed to do so, and presented Norwich captain Russell Martin with a chance to poke the ball home. Made some amends shortly after with a point blank save from Matt Jarvis which was straight at him but still needed saving. Emre Can – 7 Carried the ball out of defence when the side needed someone to drive them forward. Martin Skrtel – 6 Covered well in the continue reading

Sep 122015
Manchester United 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Manchester United 3, Liverpool 1 Old Trafford, Manchester (75,347) Liveprool Scorer: Benteke (84′) Man United scorers: Blind 49′, Herrera 70′ (pen), Martial 86′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 His uncertain start to the game spread throughout the back four and encouraged Manchester United. Couldn’t do anything about the goals. Nathaniel Clyne – 5 Commits the foul which leads to the free kick for the first goal in what was a busy afternoon for him. Did well up against Memphis Depay, so much so that the Dutchman was substituted at half-time, but struggled in the second half once Ashley Young came on. continue reading

Aug 312015
Liverpool 0, West Ham 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, West Ham United 3 Anfield, Liverpool (43,680) – 29/08/2015 West Ham scorers: Lanzini 3′, Noble 29′, Sakho 90′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Not really at fault for any of the three goals, but often slow to release the ball and typically inaccurate with his kicking. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Tried in both attack and defence but was unable to do anything to influence the game at key moments. The best of a bad bunch in defence. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Cleared poorly in the build up to West Ham’s opening goal, and looked generally shaky. The last-ditch heroics at continue reading

Aug 242015
Arsenal 0, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Arsenal 0, Liverpool o Emirates Stadium, London (60,080) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Quiet in the first half, but kept his side in the game in the second with saves from Aaron Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and one excellent stop from a close-range Giroud shot. It was a game where both ‘keepers needed to make outstanding saves, and Mignolet was up there with Cech. Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Another assured performance from Liverpool’s new right back. Was occasionally caught between a Skrtel and a hard place, but played his part in the clean sheet. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Played Aaron Ramsey onside for an continue reading

Aug 182015
Liverpool 1, Bournemouth 0 - LFC Player Ratings  & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Bournemouth 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,102) Liverpool scorer: Benteke 26′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do when it came to meaningful saves, but looked safe when it came to stopping the odd shot. *Nathaniel Clyne – 7 A dynamic presence on the pitch in both attack and defence. Was pivotal to the team’s attacking play as he provided the outlet on the right once Coutinho had drifted inside. Played the return ball to Henderson in the build-up to Liverpool’s goal. Also made a great cross to Benteke in the final minute of the game, but the striker hit continue reading

Aug 092015
Stoke 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 0, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,645) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 86′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do in the way of shot-stopping, but communicated well with those in front of him and took action on opposition crosses and through balls when needed. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 A good solid debut performance from Liverpool’s new right back. Passed the ball confidently, and defended well. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Looked the most shaky of Liverpool’s back four but still made the odd good intervention. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Committed in the challenge, and more controlled than usual. continue reading

Jul 082015
Roberto Firmino - A Profile of Liverpool's New Brazilian

Hoffenheim star Roberto Firmino (Hoh-beartoh Firr-minoh) will sign for Liverpool for an initial fee of £22m, eventually rising to £29m. In doing so he’ll become the club’s second most expensive signing, and the sixth Brazilian to play for The Reds. The Brazilian international has trodden his own path on the way to becoming one of the most sought after players in Europe, having played for clubs in both Brazil and Germany who might not be thought of amongst the familiar names in their respective leagues. After impressing as a youth footballer in his hometown of Maceió in northeast Brazil, he continue reading