Oct 292014
Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,582) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (86′), Lovren (90′+5) Swansea City scorer: Emnes (65′) Player Ratings Brad Jones – 6.5 Was in good positions to make some routine saves, and handled well from an awkward Shelvey free kick. Was good off his line and sweeping up, but critics might say Mignolet, with his bigger one-on-one presence, would have saved Emnes’s shot for the Swansea goal. Javier Manquillo – 7.5 Held his own against the tricky Jefferson Montero, and could claim to have won the battle. Plenty of other full-backs have, and will, struggle against the Ecuadorian. Was asked continue reading

Oct 252014
Liverpool 0, Hull City 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Hull City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,591) Man of the Match Vote Tactics Mario Balotelli continued as the lone striker, with Joe Allen and Emre Can making up the midfield pair ahead of Steven Gerrard. Hull allowed Gerrard more space to get forward, especially later on in the game. Lallana and Sterling struggled for space out wide, leaving Balotelli isolated up front. The only penetration came from the runs of Can in midfield, and the overlapping full-backs.  Starting XI The substitutions on 61 minutes saw Mario Balotelli move to the left, with Rickie Lambert becoming the focal point up top. continue reading

Oct 252014
Liverpool 0, Real Madrid 3 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, real Madrid 3 Anfield, Liverpool (43,521) Real Madrid scorers: C. Ronaldo (23′) (Benzema 30′, 41′) Liverpool needed a point to get ahead in Group B’s fight for second – a fight which will inevitably ensue in what is, above all else, an easy group for the defending champions Real Madrid. The only problem for Real has been balancing these midweek games with a mind on their preparation for more important games in the league the following weekend, and Liverpool offered no more than a training session with El Clásico just around the corner. Realists amongst the Liverpool support would continue reading

Oct 172014
QPR 2, Liverpool 3 - Liverpool Tactics & Player Ratings

Queens Park Rangers 2, Liverpool 3 Loftus Road, London (18,069) Liverpool scorers: Dunne 67′ OG), Coutinho (90′), Caulker (90’+5 OG) QPR scorers: Gerrard (90;+2 OG) (Vargas 87′)  Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made a good save early on, coming off his line quickly to smother a Charlie Austin attempt. His next involvement was a glaring error – coming off his line and getting nowhere near a hanging ball which QPR somehow managed not to score from. Was better in the second half and made a couple of good saves. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Too slow in possession and not continue reading

Oct 042014
Liverpool 2, West Brom 1 - LFC Tactics & Ratings

Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,708) Liverpool scorers: Lallana (45′), Henderson (61′) West Brom scorer: Berahino (pen 56′) Tactics Liverpool played a 4-3-3 shape with a 1-2 set-up in midfield. Steven Gerrard was the deep lying player in the midfield two, with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho ahead of him. Late in the second half Gerrard was pushed forward into an attacking midfield position as Lucas entered the fray to form a deeper lying two with Henderson, with the shape becoming 4-2-3-1. Liverpool formation – last 15 minutes Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Better than in recent weeks. continue reading

Oct 012014
FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0  St. Jakob-Park (36,000) FC Basel scorer: Streller (50′) Tactics Liverpool lined up with something resembling a 4-4-1-1 in defence, and a 4-2-4 in attack. Philippe Coutinho played off Mario Balotelli up front, with Sterling and Markovic joining in on the wings but also covering back in defence. Jordan Henderson was slightly more advanced than Steven Gerrard in the midfield pairing. The full-backs, especially Manquillo bombed forward when the opportunity arose. Later in the game Lallana replaced Coutinho, and took up a similar position, with Balotelli moving slightly to the right wing when Lambert came on for Markovic. continue reading

Sep 272014
Liverpool 1, Everton 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 1, Everton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,511) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (65′) Everton scorer: Jagielka (90’+1) Tactics A slight change in formation saw Liverpool line up in what was something like 4-1-3-1-1 in attack, and often 4-4-1-1 in defence. Steven Gerrard was always the deepest of the midfielders, with the wide players and Henderson breaking forward into a three when the team had the ball. Lazar Markovic started on the right, with Raheem Sterling on the left, but they alternated positions in the second half. Adam Lallana played a prominent role in the side supporting Balotelli up front, before being moved wider continue reading

Sep 242014
Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (41,857) Liverpool scorers: Rossiter (10′), Suso (109′) Middlesbrough scorers: Reach (62′), Bamford (pen 120′) Tactics The personnel changes saw Brendan Rodgers set the team up in a formation which is used throughout the club from youth and under-21s upwards. The variations of 4-3-3 are familiar to all players and suited the deep lying midfield pair of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Rossiter, who played big roles in the execution of the tactical plan. Adam Lallana played ahead of the pair for much of the game, but Markovic move central later on continue reading

Sep 202014
West Ham 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

West Ham United 3, Liverpool 1 Boleyn Ground, London (34,977) Liverpool scorer: Sterling (26′) West Ham United scorers: Reid (2′), Sakho (7′), Amalfitano (88′) Tactics Liverpool started the game using a diamond formation with Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson ahead of the deeper Steven Gerrard, and Raheem Sterling at the top. Fabio Borini came into the side to join Mario Balotelli up front, and Skrtel returned to the right side of defence. First 20 Minutes West Ham’s two early goals saw Rodgers take a gamble and change his tactics early on, replacing Javier Manquillo with Mamadou Sakho. The team switched continue reading

Sep 172014
Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 16/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (43,307) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (82′), Gerrard (pen 90+3′) Ludogorets scorer: Abalo Paulos (90′) Tactics Liverpool played much of the game using a 4-3-3 formation which morphed into 4-1-4-1 at times. The back four remained the same as the previous game, with the full backs pushing up in attack and the two centre-backs operating on the front foot in defence. Steven Gerrard played between the centre-backs and the midfield, with Henderson and Coutinho ahead of him. The midfield pressed aggressively from the start of the game. In an attempt to find a goal, the side switched continue reading