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

Apr 062015
Arsenal 4, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Arsenal 4, Liverpool 1 Emirates Stadium, London (60, 081) Liverpool scorer: Henderson 76′ (pen) Arsenal scorers: Bellerin 37′, Özil 40′, Sánchez 45′, Giroud 90′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made some top saves early on in the game, but was badly positioned for the Mesut Özil free kick and lost the flight of Alexis Sánchez’s shot in the air. Emre Can – 5.5 One of the few players who looked assured in the early stages of the game, but was troubled by Arsenal’s quicker players running at him in isolation. Saw red after a needless tackle on Welbeck meant he picked up a second continue reading

Mar 222015
Liverpool 1, Manchester United 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Manchester United 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,405) Liverpool scorer: Sturridge 69′ Man United scorer: Mata 14′, 59′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 A few shaky moments in possession of the ball, but somehow he managed to get out of trouble each time. Almost saved the first goal, and couldn’t do anything with the second. Saved a penalty from Rooney late in the game. Emre Can – 6 Was targeted by Manchester United from the outset, as they played long balls in his direction aiming for Marouane Fellaini. Struggled early on, recovered slightly, then gave away a soft penalty before the continue reading

Mar 172015
Swansea 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Swansea City 0, Liverpool 1 Liberty Stadium, Swansea (20,828) Liverpool scorer: Henderson 68′ Simon Mignolet – 8 Commanding from the outset. Made good saves from Gomis and Sigurdsson in the first half. Emre Can – 5.5 Couldn’t cope with Gomis early on, and let Neil Taylor past him with ease on one occasion. Still vital to the system when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7.5 Covered well in the middle of the defence. Stepped out of defence and made a good forward pass in the build up to the goal. Another solid, impressive performance. Mamadou Sakho – 7 continue reading

Mar 082015
Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,820) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 His impressive save from an Alex Baptiste header was a key moment in the game. The previous version of Mignolet might have left it for Adam Lallana to head off the line, but in this instance he took control of the situation. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Playing at right centre back, he played the odd good pass but was too slow when it came to making decisions, and can often take several touches to control a ball. Martin Skrtel – N/A Forced off with an injury in the continue reading

Mar 052015
Liverpool 2, Burnley 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Burnley 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,717) Liverpool scorers: Henderson 29′, Sturridge 51′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Commanded his area well when required, and judged most things well. Not really called upon tom make any saves. Emre Can – 7 Takes everything in his stride, and drives the team on every time he’s in possession. A real all round footballer whose defensive nous is improving. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to do. Dejan Lovren – 6 His passing is still sloppy, but improving slightly, and he played his own part in helping the side continue reading

Mar 012015
Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,590) Liverpool scorers: Henderson 11′, Coutinho 75′ Man City scorers: Dzeko 25′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Looks less comfortable without Sakho in front of him, and failed to come for the odd ball which should have been his. Emre Can – 6.5 If a game appears to be going quiet, normal, or stale, Can will step out of defence and liven it up again. At one point he was in the centre forward position, then the next minute he’d be back in defence receiving a pass from Skrtel. Not the best defensively on the continue reading