Alberto Moreno

Aug 202016

When it comes to Alberto Moreno, it seems that Liverpool fans either defend him or cannot wait for a new left back to be bought and move him on. Embed from Getty Images There are many players who split opinions among LFC fans, such as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva and Adam Lallana, but none seem to suffer the spiteful of comments that Moreno has been on the receiving end of. When Liverpool purchased the player in 2014 for a reported £12 million, I was pleased with the signing. I had seen Moreno play for Sevilla, and I liked continue reading

Dec 022015
Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 St. Marys, Southampton (31,592) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 25′, 29′; Origi 45′, 68′, 86′; Ibe 73′ Southampton scorer: Mané 1′ Player Ratings Adam Bogdan – 6 Had little to do, but looked assured in all that he did. Didn’t have much chance with the goal. Connor Randall – 6 Looked like he was going to struggle early on, but grew in confidence instead of shrinking, despite picking up an early booking. Martin Skrtel – 6 Was relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Received abuse from the fans of his old club throughout the game, continue reading

Sep 222015
Liverpool 1, Norwich 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Norwich 1 – 20/09/2015 Anfield, Liverpool (44,072) Liverpool scorer: Ings 48′ Norwich scorer: Martin 61′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Cost his side a goal as he came out to deal with a corner, failed to do so, and presented Norwich captain Russell Martin with a chance to poke the ball home. Made some amends shortly after with a point blank save from Matt Jarvis which was straight at him but still needed saving. Emre Can – 7 Carried the ball out of defence when the side needed someone to drive them forward. Martin Skrtel – 6 Covered well in 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

Aug 312014
Tottenham 0, Liverpool 3 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 3 White Hart Lane, London (36,130) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (8′), Gerrard (pen 49′), Moreno (60′) Tactics The introduction of a second striker – Mario Balotelli – saw Liverpool revert to the diamond formation which was successful last season. The main difference this campaign is that new full-backs Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno seem well suited a system which relies heavily on them to provide both width and defensive solidity. 1st Half Formation The prime example of this was Alberto Moreno’s excellent goal. He won the ball back just inside his own half before sprinting down the left continue reading

Aug 262014
Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 25/08/2014 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester (45,471) Liverpool scorer: Zabaleta (OG 83′) Manchester City scorers: Jovetic (41′, 55′), Aguero (69′) Liverpool Tactics Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3 formation which regularly changed to a 4-1-4-1 when defending. The wide forwards in the front three, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, were often seen in the defensive line, as their instructions obviously included helping out the full-back behind them. In attack the pair would take up different roles from their wide position, with Sterling often joining Daniel Sturridge up front, whilst Coutinho liked to drift into more central positions in continue reading

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