Philippe Coutinho

May 222017
 
Mission Accomplished as Liverpool Secure Top Four Finish

Listen very very carefully and you might hear the faint noise of Liverpool fans co-existing in relative harmony on social media. That’s because our final day win over Middlesbrough, securing fourth spot, meant that we weren’t busy ripping each other, FSG, Jurgen Klopp, James Milner or the referee to shreds. This oddly unsettling consensus probably won’t last long with transfer season around the corner and no doubt the knives will be whipped out again, but until then let’s try to embrace the weirdness. Embed from Getty Images   The scene was set. A win was all that was needed. We continue reading

May 142017
 
Sturridge Stars in Liverpool's Top 4 Race at Olympic Stadium

Now that the Premier League title has been won and the those departing the top flight have sealed their fate, all that is left to play for are the two remaining Champions League spots with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal still in the running. City look nailed on to win their remaining two games (West Brom (h) and Watford (a)) which would see them leapfrog Liverpool currently in third place. Arsenal, who comfortably beat Stoke on Saturday night have Sunderland and Everton at home. This left Liverpool with West Ham (a) and Middlesbrough (h); win both to guarantee CL football continue reading

Apr 242017
 
Liverpool Broken by Benteke Brace as Sakho Celebrates - Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 2

By Umarah Naz As Liverpool succumbed to Crystal Palace at Anfield (again!), it was a case of which centre-back infuriated us the most. Was it the inept display by Dejan Lovren or his ex, Mamadou Sakho, celebrating Christian Benteke’s equaliser? Probably the former, and rightly so. As much as Sakho giving LFC the proverbial slap in the face irked many, it was our own flaws that lost us the game. Embed from Getty Images   Detracting from them by concentrating on the poor judgement of an exiled player could be described as poor form. Safe to say, Sakho’s not coming continue reading

Apr 102017
 
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings: Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2

Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2 Embed from Getty Images Bet 365 Stadium, Stoke on Trent (27,568) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 70′, Firmino 72′ Stoke scorer: Walters 44′ Simon Mignolet – 9* Two outstanding saves to rescue Liverpool’s ailing defence who continue to gift chances to the opposition. Embed from Getty Images Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5.5 Wasn’t helped by those around him. A learning experience for the 18-year-old who was subbed at half-time. One great cross showed his potential. Dejan Lovren – 4 Gifted a chance to Arnautovic and was stranded for numerous other Stoke chances, including their goal. Joel Matip – 6 continue reading

Apr 062017
 
Woeful Wednesday as Liverpool Buckle Under Bournemouth Pressure

Wednesday turned out to be woeful for Liverpool football club. After being slapped with a two year academy transfer ban for breaching Premier League rules regarding a schoolboy from Stoke, Liverpool then learned that talisman, Sadio Mané’s season is almost certainly over. The Senegalese may require surgery on damaged cartilage in his left knee, which has left Klopp with a massive gap to fill for the remainder of the season. And to top it all off, the Reds were left deflated after conceding a customary, awful late goal against Bournemouth dropping two vital points in the process. Jurgen Klopp claimed continue reading

Apr 012017
 
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings: Liverpool 3, Everton 1

Liverpool 3, Everton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (52,920) Liverpool scorers: Mane 8′, Coutinho 31′, Orgi 60′ Everton scorer: Pennington 28′  Simon Mignolet – 6 Had very little to do in the first half, so decided the join in the fun. No Everton player completed more take-ons than Simon Mignolet in the first half. pic.twitter.com/OPL5J3FCBY — Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) April 1, 2017 Made a couple of good saves in the second period, but Everton were so bad it was difficult for him to have a good game. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Positionally decent, but nothing of note other than a good cross continue reading

Jan 122017
 
12th Man Required as Karius keeps Liverpool in Race to Wembley

By Umarah Naz Liverpool will need their world famous twelfth man in a fortnights time at Anfield, when they face Southampton in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final. Embed from Getty Images Having suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at St. Mary’s in the first leg, Liverpool now have it all to do in the return leg to book their ticket to Wembley for next month. Jurgen Klopp reverted to a full-strength team after the youngsters had their opportunity to impress against Plymouth at the weekend. Loris Karius kept his place, as did Lucas Leiva and Emre Can. They continue reading

Sep 282016
 
Phelan: Liverpool are up there with the best - Liverpool 5, Hull 1

Following Liverpool’s convincing 5-1 victory at home to Hull City, managers Jurgen Klopp and Mike Phelan were in agreement that Liverpool are currently playing some of the best football in the division. Two penalties from James Milner, plus goals from Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, and the excellent Adam Lallana gave the home side the win. Embed from Getty Images “The first half was brilliant,” said Liverpool boss Klopp. “That’s how football should be if you are able to do it.” “I think it was the best game of counter-pressing we’ve played until now,” added the German who’s well known for 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

Nov 212015
 
Manchester City 1, Liverpool 4 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 4 Etihad Stadium, Manchester (54,444) Liverpool scorers: Mangala 7′ (og), Coutinho 23′, Firmino 32′, Skrtel 81′ Manchester City scorer: Agüero 44′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Poor with his kicking as usual, and had little to do other than pick Aguero’s strike out of the net when he was beaten (by an excellent shot) from distance. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 Made a few errors early on including a poor cross when through on goal, and delaying to long when presented with a great chance to play Lallana in, meaning his team-mate was offside. Settled in after that, despite continue reading

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