Luis Suarez

Feb 122017
Luis Suarez: He's Not The Messiah, He's A Very Naughty Boy

By Aaron Cawley. For those of you who have watched Monty Python’s Life of Brian, you’ll get the title of this particular piece. Who’s the messiah? Well it’s Luis Suarez. The admiration from Liverpool fans for the Barcelona forward sickens me. Suarez is a great player, that, there is no doubt of, but his carry on and behaviour in his last two seasons at Liverpool was nothing short of despicable. Embed from Getty Images From courting a move to Arsenal, to his racist comment to Manchester United player Patrice Evra and the whole fiasco that followed that. Then there was continue reading

Aug 062014
Kop Left Player Of The Season 2013/14 & Season Summary

2012/13 saw Philippe Coutinho walk away with the dubious title of Kop Left Player of the Season, as decided by the haphazard player ratings system used on this website. His impressive form after joining the club in January 2013 saw him trump Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. For 2013/14, the player ratings system was changed slightly to include increments of 0.5, rather than just using the whole numbers 1-10. As it turned out, the top five players in 2013/14 were exactly the same as those the season before, but we had a new, fairly obvious winner this time around. Here continue reading

May 052014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3

Crystal Palace 3, Liverpool 3Selhurst Park, London (Att: 25,261)Liverpool scorers: Allen (18′), Sturridge (53′), Suarez (55′) Crystal Palace scorers: Delaney (79′), Gayle (81′, 88′) Tactics Liverpool set up with a diamond midfield with Sterling at the tip, and Sturridge back in the side for Coutinho who wasn’t quite fit. A game of attacking football from Liverpool left the defence exposed at times, and Crystal Palace ruthlessly took advantage of this during a 12 minute period towards the end of the second half. Lucas and Suarez looked to be tiring in the second half, but instead Brendan Rodgers brought off Sterling. Many have said Liverpool were continue reading

Apr 202014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Norwich 2, Liverpool 3

Norwich City 2, Liverpool 3 Carrow Road, Norwich (Att: 26,857) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (4′, 62′), Suarez (11′) Norwich City scorers: Hooper (54′), Snodgrass (77′) Tactics A very flexible, fluid, albeit narrow system saw Liverpool set up with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in behind Luis Suarez, and Joe Allen and Lucas just in front of Steven Gerrard. Gerrard remained very deep in attack, regularly dropping in between the two centre backs and rarely venturing beyond halfway. The absence of Sturridge meant that runners behind the defence were limited, but Suarez moved around the Norwich defenders, troubling them all. The team lacked width up continue reading

Mar 302014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Liverpool 4, Tottenham 0

Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,762) Liverpool scorers: Kaboul (2′ OG), Suarez (25′), Coutinho (55′), Henderson (75′) Tactics Liverpool reverted to the 4-3-3 formation which we saw at the end of the game against Sunderland. Philippe Coutinho replaced Joe Allen in the left of centre midfield, with Raheem Sterling playing as one of the three forwards. Luis Suarez played mainly on the left, with Daniel Sturridge through the middle and Sterling on the right, but the three interchanged when required. Width was provided by both full-backs, with Johnson more prominent on the right but Flanagan also providing an outlet continue reading

Mar 222014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Cardiff 3, Liverpool 6

Cardiff City 3, Liverpool 6 Cardiff City Stadium (Att: 28,018) Cardiff Scorers: Mutch (9′, 88′), Campbell (25′) Liverpool scorers: Suarez (16′, 60′, 90′), Skrtel (41′, 54′), Sturridge (75′) Because 6-0 would be boring… Tactics Brendan Rodgers stuck with the diamond formation which previously produced wins against Manchester United, and Southampton. The full-backs were slightly more attacking than in recent weeks which left the defence exposed at times. This put a lot of pressure on the three midfielders – Gerrard, Henderson, and Allen –  to help out the two centre backs. Defensively the team struggled positionally against the quickness of Jordan Mutch, Frazier Campbell, continue reading

Mar 012014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Southampton 0, Liverpool 3

Southampton 0, Liverpool 3 St Mary’s Stadium (Att: 31, 659) Liverpool scorers: Suarez (16′), Sterling (58′), Gerrard (90’pen) Tactics Whilst Brendan Rodgers was praised for his tactics in this game as a whole, the first half left much to be desired. The diamond might have been the right approach, but Gerrard struggled to cover in front of the back four and couldn’t keep track of Adam Lallana’s movement. This might have been partly due to a deep defensive line, which gave the Southampton attackers plenty of room to manoeuvre. In the second half the team came out with what looked like a continue reading

Feb 082014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Liverpool 5, Arsenal 1

Liverpool 5, Arsenal 1 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,701) Liverpool scorers: Skrtel (1′, 10′), Sterling (16′, 52′), Sturridge (20′) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made a few decent saves but still struggles to command his area at times. Punched one loose ball into trouble when it was easier to catch it, but did collect one cross in his hands which brought loud cheers from the Kop. Jon Flanagan – 7.5 Shows the composure of a seasoned first team player, making it easy to forget he’s only 21 and only has 28 appearances for the club. Even if Glen Johnson returned tomorrow, he continue reading

Jan 302014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Liverpool 4, Everton 0

Liverpool 4, Everton 0 Anfield, Liverpool, 28/01/2014 (Att: 44, 450) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (21), Sturridge (33, 35), Suárez (50) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Made some good stops throughout the game. Rarely catches but punches the ball clear on most occasions. Jon Flanagan – 6.5 A solid performance from the right back, looking more than at home in an important high profile game such as this. Gives as good as he gets in both attack and defence. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Won most things in the air and performed his usual high number of clearances. Was playing with stitches in his continue reading

Jan 122014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5

Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5 Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent (Att: 27,160) Liverpool scorers: Shawcross (5 OG), Suárez (32, 71), Gerrard (51 pen ) Sturridge (87) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 His up and down performance summed up the game. Made some great saves but also looked uncertain at times when coming for crosses and punching. Made a mistake for Stoke’s third but was unsighted. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Noweher near back to his best but a slight improvement on recent games. Switches off defensively, and can look laborious in attack. Martin Skrtel – 6 Won some important headers and gave Shawcross as good continue reading

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