James Milner

Mar 192017
Points Shared at the Etihad as CL Qualification Remains Wide Open.

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1. Match report by Umarah Naz. If ever an advert was needed for English Premier League football then Manchester City against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon was it. Embed from Getty Images Two teams who know no other way of playing than to attack the opponents goal. The 1-1 draw at the Etihad was a frenetic, end-to-end game that had everything but a winner. Some fantastic football, crunching tackles, mildly pathetic booing, unsuccessful penalty shouts, dubious yellow cards, possible red ones, some glaring misses, a cracking penalty, a great goal and to top it all off, the continue reading

Jan 152017

By Umarah Naz. Tentative would be the best word to describe the majority of Liverpool fans feelings before the clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. The home side came into the crucial game on the back of a nine match winning streak, whilst the visitors remain winless in 2017 in all competitions. Winless but not defeated. Reds have enjoyed an excellent season so far, (with the occasional blip) but no one can deny that the three draws and one loss since beating Manchester City on New Years Eve have been a downer. Hence, the apprehension in continue reading

Sep 152016
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Selection Headache - Who to Pick v Chelsea?

After the fantastic win against reigning league Champions Leicester City last weekend, Liverpool face the tough assignment this Friday when they take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Embed from Getty Images We have all seen how dangerous Liverpool can be in attack. Creating chances, scoring goals, playing football with real freedom as they did last Sunday. Friday will be a real challenge to that, though. Chelsea are disciplined in defence and have been playing with two strong defensive minded midfielders in N’Golo Kante and Nemantja Matic. They are notoriously difficult to break down. Jurgen Klopp has a few decisions to 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

Nov 292015
Liverpool 1, Swansea 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Swansea City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,905) Liverpool scorer: Milner 62′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Solid as usual, offering consistency in both attack and defence on the right. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Looks more comfortable with Lovren than he used to, and appears to have been told to hold back and cover when his centre back partner steps out of the line to intervene. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 A player who seems to be improving under the new manager. Pro-active with his defending. Alberto Moreno – 6.5 Solid and continue reading

Nov 262015
Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,525) Liverpool scorer: Milner 38′ (pen), Benteke 45′ Bordeaux scorer: Saivet 33′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Culpable for the first goal after holding onto the ball in the area for about half an hour, giving away an indirect free kick in the area from which Saivet scored. Had made an earlier error when he came out of his box to head the ball clear, but instead headed it sideways into the path of a Bordeaux attacked. Made a good intervention later on when Saivet sent in another stinging free kick from outside the area. Nathaniel Clyne continue reading

Sep 262015
Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Aston Villa 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,226) Liverpool scorers: Milner 2′, Sturridge 59′, 67′ Aston Villa scorer: Gestede 66′, 71′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Had little to do, but perhaps could have been sharper for Aston Villa’s first goal as the ball sailed through his six yard box while he watched. Emre Can – 5.5 Lost Gestede for the first goal, and had made a mistake previously to this which presented the striker with a good chance. Martin Skrtel – 6 Has an easy time of it in the middle of a back three. Clearing up scraps rather than being proactive. continue reading

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