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

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