Mario Balotelli

Feb 192015
Liverpool 1, Besiktas 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Beşiktaş 0 Anfield, Liverpool () Liverpool scorer: Balotelli 85′ (pen) Simon Mignolet – 7 Made one excellent save from Demba Ba, getting low down to his left to save from the striker who was through on goal. Emre Can – 6 Not his best display at centre back, but improved as the game went on, and especially once moving into midfield. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Struggled to cope with Ba for much of the night. Mamadou Sakho – 6.5 Liverpool’s best defender in what wasn’t an entirely convincing clean-sheet performance from the unit. Shows some good skills on the ball, continue reading

Feb 102015
Liverpool 3, Spurs 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Tottenham Hotspur 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,577) Liverpool scorers: Markovic 15′, Gerrard 53′ (pen), Balotelli 83′ Tottenham scorers: Kane 26′, Dembélé 61′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Made a great save  from Lamela in the second half. His kicking was generally poor, but he played a part in the first goal as it was his long kick from hands to Sturridge which set the move off. *Emre Can – 8 Dominates his area of the pitch in whatever position he plays. Can now be classed as a central defender, such is his proficiency in the position, but looked equally at continue reading

Oct 292014
Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,582) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (86′), Lovren (90′+5) Swansea City scorer: Emnes (65′) Player Ratings Brad Jones – 6.5 Was in good positions to make some routine saves, and handled well from an awkward Shelvey free kick. Was good off his line and sweeping up, but critics might say Mignolet, with his bigger one-on-one presence, would have saved Emnes’s shot for the Swansea goal. Javier Manquillo – 7.5 Held his own against the tricky Jefferson Montero, and could claim to have won the battle. Plenty of other full-backs have, and will, struggle against the Ecuadorian. Was asked continue reading

Sep 172014
Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Ludogorets 1 16/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (43,307) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (82′), Gerrard (pen 90+3′) Ludogorets scorer: Abalo Paulos (90′) Tactics Liverpool played much of the game using a 4-3-3 formation which morphed into 4-1-4-1 at times. The back four remained the same as the previous game, with the full backs pushing up in attack and the two centre-backs operating on the front foot in defence. Steven Gerrard played between the centre-backs and the midfield, with Henderson and Coutinho ahead of him. The midfield pressed aggressively from the start of the game. In an attempt to find a goal, the side switched continue reading

Sep 142014
Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1- LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Aston Villa 1 14/09/2014 – Anfield, Liverpool (44,689) Aston Villa scorer: Agbonlahor (9′) Tactics The absence of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, and Joe Allen saw Liverpool unsuccessfully revert to a double pivot, a system which the side also struggled with in the first game of the season against Southampton. Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard were used as the deep two, with Philippe Coutinho in the number ten role ahead of them. The front three consisted of a trio making their Anfield debuts. Adam Lallana started on the left, with Lazar Markovic on the right and Mario Balotelli through 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

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