Javier Manquillo

Jun 042015

The first ever Kop Left Player of the Season award was won by Philippe Coutinho back in the 2012/13 season. Since then the ratings system has been changed slightly to include a decimal point, effectively making it a score out of 20 rather than 10. The rough guide to the player ratings used on the site can be found here. Luis Suarez was unsurprisingly the best player in the 2013/14 season, and his impressive displays saw him earn a transfer to Barcelona, taking his place amongst the best players in the world. Liverpool’s 2014/15 season has been derided by many. continue reading

Oct 012014
FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0  St. Jakob-Park (36,000) FC Basel scorer: Streller (50′) Tactics Liverpool lined up with something resembling a 4-4-1-1 in defence, and a 4-2-4 in attack. Philippe Coutinho played off Mario Balotelli up front, with Sterling and Markovic joining in on the wings but also covering back in defence. Jordan Henderson was slightly more advanced than Steven Gerrard in the midfield pairing. The full-backs, especially Manquillo bombed forward when the opportunity arose. Later in the game Lallana replaced Coutinho, and took up a similar position, with Balotelli moving slightly to the right wing when Lambert came on for Markovic. continue reading

Aug 172014
Liverpool 2, Southampton 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Southampton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,736) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (23′), Sturridge (79′) Southampton scorer: Clyne (56′) Tactics Brendan Rodgers sent his Liverpool side out in the same shape we saw in the final pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund. There was one change in personnel, with Lucas Leiva replacing Emre Can as one of the deeper midfield two. In this 4-2-3-1 formation Jordan Henderson dropped back to help the defence when needed, but he also pressed high if Liverpool were defending higher up the pitch. In contrast to this, Raheem Sterling will take any chance he gets to become a continue reading

Aug 102014
Liverpool 4, Borussia Dortmund 0 - Liverpool Tactics

Liverpool 4, Borussia Dortmund 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,980) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge (10′), Lovren (13′), Coutinho (49′), Henderson (61′) Liverpool easily dispatched a below par Borussia Dortmund side at Anfield, in their last pre-season game of the summer. The game saw Anfield debuts for a number of players, and gave fans the opportunity to see new signings Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo in a Liverpool shirt for the first time. Both impressed in a new look back four, and there was noticeably more communication from Mignolet to the players in front of him – not just the defence. That said, much continue reading

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