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

Apr 182015
Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview - FA Cup Semi Final

Liverpool go into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on the back of a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle. The clean sheet and two goals scored make this look like an ideal scoreline to take confidence into Sunday, but to take comfort from an unconvincing performance against a poor Newcastle side would be a mistake. Aston Villa will pose an entirely different threat compared to the meek showing offered up by Newcastle’s players on Monday, and going into the game with the mindset that this game was a comfortable win could lead to complacency. Whilst Aston Villa manager Tim continue reading

Apr 132015
Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,611) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 9′, Allen 70′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made one excellent save from a Perez header, reacting well when slightly off balance to claw the ball away from the top corner. Glen Johnson – 5 After a decent start, the right-back declined as the game went on. Unsure with his touch and unconvincing in defence. Emre Can – 6.5 Carried the ball out of defence well, and looks confident in the centre of a back four even if the things he tried didn’t always come off. Executed a few no-nonsense clearances continue reading

Apr 082015
Blackburn 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Blackburn Rovers 0, Liverpool 1 Ewood Park, Blackburn (28,415) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 70′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Needed to communicate better with Sakho during an early mix-up which eventually only led to a corner, but this was the only blip. Made vital saves at key points in the game, not least from his opposite number Simon Eastwood, who made his way into the box to try and grab an equaliser late in the game. Glen Johnson – 6 Looked more comfortable at right back than he has done at right centre back. Got forward down the right, but couldn’t continue reading