Adam Lallana

May 222017
Mission Accomplished as Liverpool Secure Top Four Finish

Listen very very carefully and you might hear the faint noise of Liverpool fans co-existing in relative harmony on social media. That’s because our final day win over Middlesbrough, securing fourth spot, meant that we weren’t busy ripping each other, FSG, Jurgen Klopp, James Milner or the referee to shreds. This oddly unsettling consensus probably won’t last long with transfer season around the corner and no doubt the knives will be whipped out again, but until then let’s try to embrace the weirdness. Embed from Getty Images   The scene was set. A win was all that was needed. We continue reading

Mar 042017
Liverpool's top 6 record remains intact as Arsenal are sunk at Anfield

Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1 Match report by Umarah Naz. It’s never usually the case that a resounding 3-1 win over Arsenal would leave Reds infuriated but that’s what some may be feeling. Embed from Getty Images Infuriated because it comes a mere five days after a crushing defeat against a struggling Leicester team; one of those teams that Liverpool are so generously charitable against. Beating Arsenal should really be the perfect remedy for such fresh wounds but, unfortunately, it’s all been seen before, thus leaving everyone with a sense of dejavu. Just a few weeks ago, a fantastic win over continue reading

Sep 282016
Phelan: Liverpool are up there with the best - Liverpool 5, Hull 1

Following Liverpool’s convincing 5-1 victory at home to Hull City, managers Jurgen Klopp and Mike Phelan were in agreement that Liverpool are currently playing some of the best football in the division. Two penalties from James Milner, plus goals from Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, and the excellent Adam Lallana gave the home side the win. Embed from Getty Images “The first half was brilliant,” said Liverpool boss Klopp. “That’s how football should be if you are able to do it.” “I think it was the best game of counter-pressing we’ve played until now,” added the German who’s well known for continue reading

Aug 192016

After a fantastic entertaining opening game of the season for Liverpool, this piece looks at with the preferred formation of 4-3-3 in its simplest form. I ask the question: Is the current midfield balance correct to fit Liverpool’s strengths and weaknesses? On Sunday, Liverpool started with a midfield three of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.  Henderson played as the deepest of the three, and in my view put in a decent performance. He used his athleticism to get him into positions to break up play, and he used the ball intelligently when in possession. Embed from Getty Images 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

Feb 142015
Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 Selhurst Park, London Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 49′, Lallana 58′ Palace scorer: Campbell 15′ Player Ratings *Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made some key saves which kept Liverpool in the tie, and was commanding in his area more often than not. Emre Can – 6 Goes wandering from his defensive station but you get the impression that this is part of the plan. As long as someone covers for him he’s a great attacking weapon from deep. Martin Skrtel – 5 At fault for the Palace goal, and struggled with Dwight Gayle whenever he came up against him. Gave away a couple of 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 022014
Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 The KING POWER stadium, Leicester (32,000) Liverpool scorer: Lallana (26′), Gerrard (54′), Henderson (83′) Leicester scorer: Mignolet (22′ OG) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made an error early on, passing to Cambiasso instead of one of his own team, but the Argentine missed the open net from around 30 yards out. Made a great save just before the goal, getting just enough of a hand on a close range effort and Skrtel cleared off the line. Was unlucky with the goal as it rebounded off the post onto him and then into the goal. Javier 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′) [yop_poll id=”4″] 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 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

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