Dec 182014
Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3 Dean Court, Boscombe, Bournemouth (11,347) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 20′, 51′, Markovic 27′ Bournemouth scorer: Gosling 57′ Liverpool Tactics Player Ratings Brad Jones – 5.5 Might have done better with the goal, but was unsighted as the ball was shot through Touré’s legs. Distribution OK, especially from hands, but can still do better. Kolo Touré – 6 The best of a bad bunch in defence, as is often the case, until Sakho came on. Played a good ball into the centre of the park to Lallana, who then set up Sterling for the third goal. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Conspired with continue reading

Dec 142014
Manchester United 3, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Manchester United 3, Liverpool 0 Old Trafford, Manchester (75,331) Man United scorers: Rooney 12′, Mata 40′, Van Persie 71′ Player Ratings Brad Jones – 5.5 Couldn’t see around Skrtel for the first goal, but tried to predict Rooney’s shot and guessed the wrong way. The striker curled it around the Slovakian centre back into Jones’s left corner. Should have done better for the third goal, for which he inexplicably vacated his goal, but his distribution and kicking was an improvement on Mignolet – quicker with his throws to launch attacks, and slightly better with his kicking. Glen Johnson – N/A Brought off continue reading

Dec 132014
Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 Anfield, Liverpool (43,290) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (80′) FC Basel scorer: Frei (25′) Lazar Markovic sent off (61′) Tactics Brendan Rodgers went with an experienced but weak starting XI in this must win Champions League game. Lucas and Joe Allen acted as a double pivot of sorts, which may work when a more defensive set up is required but wasn’t suited to this situation, and even then the pair were bypassed easily for the FC Basel goal. Steven Gerrard played ahead of them, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling in wide midfield positions, which meant they continue reading

Dec 062014
Liverpool 0, Sunderland 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, Sunderland 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,716) Tactics Liverpool persisted with the defensive set-up which has gone some way to tightening things up in recent weeks, but this hampers them in attack. The first half was dull as both sides looked happy to take few risks, which meant very little chances were created and there were hardly any meaningful shots on goal. The Reds seem to have abandoned the practise of playing out from the keeper via the centre backs, with most of Mignolet’s kicks going long. Liverpool played a 4-2-3-1 formation which morphed into a 4-1-4-1 as the game continue reading

Dec 022014
Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 The KING POWER stadium, Leicester (32,000) Liverpool scorer: Lallana (26′), Gerrard (54′), Henderson (83′) Leicester scorer: Mignolet (22′ OG) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made an error early on, passing to Cambiasso instead of one of his own team, but the Argentine missed the open net from around 30 yards out. Made a great save just before the goal, getting just enough of a hand on a close range effort and Skrtel cleared off the line. Was unlucky with the goal as it rebounded off the post onto him and then into the goal. Javier continue reading

Nov 292014
Liverpool 1, Stoke City 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Stoke City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,735) Liverpool scorer: Johnson (85′) Tactics Liverpool set up with a similar system to the one used v Ludogorets. Rodgers persisted with a defensive 4-2-3-1 shape despite being at home. In the second half every player shifted slightly further up the pitch in an attempt to aid the attack and prevent a repeat of a fruitless first half. Despite being better in a double pivot than Gerrard and Henderson, Lucas and Joe Allen can still be caught out of position, or turned easily by quick, skilful attackers (Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf on continue reading

Nov 262014
Ludogorets 2, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Liverpool 2 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia (37,143) Liverpool scorers: Lambert (8′), Henderson (37′) Ludogorets scorers: Dani Abalo (3′), Terziev (88′)   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Made an error early on in the game, spilling a long shot and gifting a goal to the onrushing Dani Abalo. The ball took a slight extra bounce, but the Belgian had been dealing with these easily in the warm-up. His kicking was poor throughout the game, and he’s still suspect when coming for crosses. Javier Manquillo – 6.5 Was Liverpool’s best defender, as is often the case. Can be found continue reading

Nov 242014
Scouting Liverpool 2014/15: Opposition Point of View

Introduction In this report I have looked at the matches of Liverpool Football Club in the Barclays Premier League. I have broken down the team looking at the way they play in each phase during the matches. There are many interpretations of phases of play, however I will give pre-set definitions of the terms for when I use them to analyse the club. Following this, I shall then look at Liverpool from the opposition’s point of view looking at their organisation and structure when attacking and defending. Finally I will look at set piece tactics and comment on any other continue reading

Nov 232014
Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 1 Selhurst Park, London (24,862) Liverpool scorer: Lambert (2′) Crystal Palace scorers: Gayle (17′), Ledley (78′), Jedinak (81′) Starting Tactics   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made a couple of good saves, but still looks uncertain at times. Palace targeted him by placing two players in front of him at set pieces. Javier Manquillo – 6.5 Coped well against Yannick Bolasie despite have little support when Crystal Palace were on the counter attack. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 We know what to expect from Skrtel now, and he’s not good when exposed one on one. Was asleep for the continue reading

Nov 082014
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,698) Liverpool scorer: Can 9′ Chelsea scorers: Cahill 14′, Costa 67′ Brendan Rodgers reverted the his so-called best XI despite the impressive defensive performances against Real Madrid in midweek. The only players to keep their place from that team were Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, and Alberto Moreno. Tactics The team started out playing in a 4-1-4-1 shape not dissimilar to that which we saw v Madrid, but the defensive line was higher, and the wide players more advanced. Philippe Coutinho would drift in from his position wide on the right when the team had the continue reading