Jordan Henderson

Jan 292017
Where Has It All Gone Wrong For Liverpool

By Aaron Cawley. At the start of the season, if you had asked any Liverpool fan what they expected they would have said a decent cup run and a Champions League place. So far, Liverpool have had that decent cup run, getting knocked out of the EFL Cup semi-final to Southampton, losing 2-0 on aggregate. In the league, Liverpool currently sit fourth, two points ahead of fifth placed Manchester City and four points ahead of Manchester United, who are down in sixth. Embed from Getty Images But it seems things are starting to unravel on the pitch. Liverpool are without a continue reading

Oct 212016
Liverpool v Manchester United - LFC Tactics & Report from Dour Stalemate

Tactics After a 0-0 stalemate at Anfield, Jose Mourinho accused Liverpool of playing too defensively. It was a cunning ploy to detract the attention from his own side’s defensive, long-ball tactics, but his tactical view of Liverpool’s play was (intentionally) incorrect. Manchester United went with the classic triple target man, double full-backs, and, er, Herrera set-up. #LFCvMUFC — James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 17, 2016 He accused the home side of using two defensive midfielders in the shape of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, implying that Jurgen Klopp had set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 rather than the 4-3-3 they’ve used 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

Jul 152016
Liverpool FC & The Jordan Henderson Dilemma

Summer always brings plenty of chatter around football – who goes, who stays, which player fell out with the manager, which manager lost the dressing room, etc. As Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tightened the information leaks coming directly from the club, there’s decidedly less hard gossip to talk about. One topic that has circled around the social globe recently, however, has not only sparked much debate, but has an immense impact on the future of the squad – the captaincy. Before we delve into this topic, a small disclaimer: while there doesn’t seem to be as much clout or continue reading

Dec 262015
Liverpool 1, Leicester 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Leicester City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,123) Liverpool scorer: Benteke 63′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Made a couple of good saves on his return to the side, including an important one in the first half from Mahrez which he managed to divert over the bar. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 More of the same from the steady Liverpool and England right back. Does his defensive duties well and gets forward when needed, but can improve his play in the final third. Dejan Lovren – 7.5 Replaced Skrtel at right centre-back and looked to be a slight improvement 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 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 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

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

Nov 262014
Ludogorets 2, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Liverpool 2 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia (37,143) Liverpool scorers: Lambert (8′), Henderson (37′) Ludogorets scorers: Dani Abalo (3′), Terziev (88′)   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Made an error early on in the game, spilling a long shot and gifting a goal to the onrushing Dani Abalo. The ball took a slight extra bounce, but the Belgian had been dealing with these easily in the warm-up. His kicking was poor throughout the game, and he’s still suspect when coming for crosses. Javier Manquillo – 6.5 Was Liverpool’s best defender, as is often the case. Can be found continue reading

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