Jan 202015
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,573) Liverpool scorer: Sterling 59′ Chelsea scorer: Hazard 18′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Emre Can – 6.5 Gave away the penalty in the first half with a clumsy challenge on Hazard which the Belgian expected. Was otherwise excellent in a relatively unfamiliar position against one of the best players in the league. Chose the right times to go forward from his right centre back position. Martin Skrtel – 7.5 Another solid game in a position which suits him. Mamadou Sakho – 7 Should become a mainstay of the Liverpool defence. Good with and continue reading

Jan 172015
Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 Villa Park, Birmingham (39,758) Liverpool scorers: Borini 24′, Lambert 79′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Hit and miss when coming for crosses, but played an important part in securing the win towards the end of the second half. Made a great save from Benteke then recovered to clear a cross shortly after. Emre Can – 6.5 Growing into his role at right centre back. Helps those around him when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7 Almost scored from a great header attacking a corner. Made a good last ditch tackle on Benteke in continue reading

Jan 112015
Sunderland 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Sunderland 0, Liverpool 1 Stadium of Light, Sunderland (45,359) Liverpool scorer: Markovic 9′ Tactics Liverpool continued with the 3-4-3 formation, which saw Lazar Markovic switch to the right side of midfield, with Alberto Moreno coming into the side on the left. Fabio Borini replaced Rickie Lambert up front, The team pressed right from the kick off, but seemed to sit back once they scored, and also looked to defend the lead and break on the counter even once Sunderland were down to ten men. Emre Can played several positions once Steven Gerrard was taken off at half time with a continue reading

Jan 052015
AFC Wimbledon 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

AFC Wimbledon 1, Liverpool 2 Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, London (4,784) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 12′, 62′ Wimbledon scorer: Akinfenwa 36′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made a great save to deny Wimbledon in the first half, reacting well to a close range shot to tip the ball over the bar. However, he was at fault for the first Wimbledon goal as he came for a corner and got nowhere near it, though he might have been being fouled by Akinfenwa. Made a vital tackle in stoppage time, preventing a late Wimbledon chance. Emre Can – 5.5 Wasteful in possession continue reading

Jan 012015
Liverpool 2, Leicester City 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

 Liverpool 2, Leicester City 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,720) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard 17′ (pen), 40′ (pen) Leicester scorers: Nugent 58′; Schlupp 60′   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made one good save late on in the game, but failed to get anything on either goal as two shots from outside the area flashed by him. Emre Can – 6 Generally good but still our of position on a couple of occasions, and could have closed down the shot quicker for Leicester’s second. Has the ability to recover though, and is a good outlet from the back. Kolo Touré – 6 Caught under the continue reading

Dec 292014
Liverpool 4, Swansea 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 4, Swansea 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,714) Liverpool scorers: Moreno 33′; Lallana 51′, 61′; Shelvey 69′ (og) Swansea scorer: Sigurdsson 52′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Relatively untroubled in terms of shots against. Came forward to collect stray balls a few times, but his kicking and distribution was very poor. Emre Can – 6.5 Played some great passes forward from right centre back, as you’d expect from the midfielder, one particular cross-field ball to Moreno stood out. Might have been better positionally on the original cross for the Swansea goal, and could have closed Routledge down better, but this is nitpicking for someone continue reading

Dec 262014
Burnley 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Burnley 0, Liverpool 1 Turf Moor, Burnley (21,335) Liverpool scorer: Sterling 62′ Player Ratings Brad Jones – N/A Went off with a thigh injury early in the game. Kolo Touré – 6 Martin Skrtel – 6 Settled into the game after one mistake early on which saw Burnley’s Danny Ings hit the post. Mamadou Sakho – 7 Liverpool’s best player in the first half, helping to keep Burnley at bay despite their early dominance. Won headers, tackles, and made interceptions at the right times, as well as being good positionally. Let the odd pass go astray but was generally good with the continue reading

Dec 212014
Liverpool 2, Arsenal 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Arsenal 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,703) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 45′, Skrtel 90′+7 Arsenal scorers: Debuchy 45′+1, Giroud 64′ Player Ratings Brad Jones – 6 Was blamed for both goals, but he makes the entire team feel more comfortable when playing out from the back, and he actually collects the odd cross, unlike Mignolet. Jones brings quicker and more decisive distribution from the back, especially with his throwing, but he has nowhere near the shot-stopping ability of Mignolet based on recent displays. Watched as Debuchy’s header passed his right hand, and saw Giroud’s shot go tamely through his legs. Kolo Touré – continue reading

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