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

Jun 042015

The first ever Kop Left Player of the Season award was won by Philippe Coutinho back in the 2012/13 season. Since then the ratings system has been changed slightly to include a decimal point, effectively making it a score out of 20 rather than 10. The rough guide to the player ratings used on the site can be found here. Luis Suarez was unsurprisingly the best player in the 2013/14 season, and his impressive displays saw him earn a transfer to Barcelona, taking his place amongst the best players in the world. Liverpool’s 2014/15 season has been derided by many. continue reading

May 242015
Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,602) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 70′ Stoke scorers: Diouf 22′, 26′, Walters 30′, Adam 41′, N’Zonzi 45′, Crouch 86 Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Parried the ball into the path of Diouf for Stoke’s first. Emre Can – 4 Struggled at right back during the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, and couldn’t cope with Arnautović. Headed the ball straight to Walters for their third goal Taken off at half time. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Mamadou Sakho – 5 The only player leading the side when heads went down. Not faultless himself in defence, but looked less lost continue reading

May 162015
Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 3 Anfield, Liverpool (44,673) Liverpool scorer: Lallana 26′ Crystal Palace scorers: Puncheon 43′, Zaha 60′, Murray 90′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Repeatedly let down by those in front of him, not least after saving a penalty at the end and none of his team-mates followed up for the rebound. Should have done better for the free-kick goal scored by Puncheon, which went in easily on the side the Belgian should have had covered. Emre Can – 6 Tried, looked bothered, and perhaps should have had a more central role. Gave away the free kick which continue reading

May 102015
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 1 Stamford Bridge, London (41,547) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 44′ Chelsea scorer: Terry 5′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Came for everything and got to most of it. Made a couple of good saves and was vocal throughout. Emre Can – 6 Isolated against Hazard thanks to the role he was being asked to play, which was somewhere between right-back and midfielder. Wasted a good chance in the dying seconds of the game, shooting when he should have looked for a better option. Martin Skrtel – 6 Made some good blocks and was steady other than a couple of positional continue reading

May 022015
Liverpool 2, QPR 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Queens Park Rangers 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,707) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 19′, Gerrard 87′ QPR scorer: Fer 73′ Gerrard missed pen 79′, Nedum Onuoha sent off 82′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Emre Can – 6.5 Looked more assured at right-back than in recent weeks, and was clever enough to get his body in the way of the opponent and the ball when required. The best of Liverpool’s defenders, despite being in yet another new position. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Struggled to keep tabs on Charlie Austin, and lost the physical battle against Leroy Fer. Does the simple passes well and came continue reading

May 022015
Ryan Kent's Turn To Shine - Liverpool u21s 3, Everton 1

Liverpool have host of potential stars in their current youth set-up, but whilst a lot of the recent buzz has been around Samed Yesil, Cameron Brannagan, Harry Wilson, and Sheji Ojo; tonight was 18-year-old Ryan Kent’s turn to take his place under the spotlight, in a 3-1 win for the young Reds. Kent, wearing the number ten shirt, took up a position behind striker Samed Yesil and alongside Brannagan in Liverpool’s 3-4-2-1 formation. It’s a set-up recently abandoned by the first team but, as is often the case, the youngsters play the system well and often appear to understand its continue reading

Apr 282015
Hull City 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Hull City 1, Liverpool 0 KC Stadium, Hull (24,843) Aston Villa scorer: Dawson 37′ Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Well positioned to save from N’Doye early on, and made two good saves later in the half. Could be seen grinning after clearing out a couple of players as he came to punch a cross. Man of The Match for this reason. Emre Can – 6 Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Dejan Lovren – 6 Glen Johnson – 5.5 Made an excellent foray forward right at the end of the first half, but his dangerous cross into the box couldn’t be pounced upon by any continue reading

Apr 252015
West Brom 0, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

West Bromwich Albion 0, Liverpool 0 The Hawthorns (26,663) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Nothing to do in the first half, but made some routine saves towards the end of the second. Emre Can – 5.5 Showed good touches when he found himself in central positions, but needs more time in the position if he’s to become an effective right back. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Had little to do. A poor attempt at a clearance presented West Brom with a good chance in the second half which was eventually cleared off the line by Lovren. Dejan Lovren – 7 Still continue reading

Apr 222015
Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 - LFC FA Cup Semi Final Tactics & Ratings

Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 Wembley Stadium, London (85,416) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 30′ Aston Villa scorers: Benteke 36′, Delph 54′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Could have done better with the Aston Villa equaliser, which saw him poorly positioned as Benteke’s shot went in via the Belgian’s hand through the centre of the goal. Emre Can – 5.5 Showed glimpses of his forward drive and skill on the ball, but never settled into the game thanks to the manager’s continuous changing of his position in the various systems. Didn’t do a bad job at right back. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Struggled on continue reading