Philippe Coutinho

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

Nov 012015
 
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 3 Stamford Bridge, London (41,577) Liverpool Scorers: Coutinho (45′, 74′), Benteke (83′) Chelsea scorer: Ramires 4′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Wasn’t able to stop Ramires’s close range header early on, and had little else to do. Pawed away a long range Oscar effort in the second half. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Got forward well on the right, but struggles to pick the right option in the final third. Defended solidly enough. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Took the captains armband in the second half and was often in the right place at the right time to clear up. continue reading

Aug 242015
 
Arsenal 0, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Arsenal 0, Liverpool o Emirates Stadium, London (60,080) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Quiet in the first half, but kept his side in the game in the second with saves from Aaron Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and one excellent stop from a close-range Giroud shot. It was a game where both ‘keepers needed to make outstanding saves, and Mignolet was up there with Cech. Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Another assured performance from Liverpool’s new right back. Was occasionally caught between a Skrtel and a hard place, but played his part in the clean sheet. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Played Aaron Ramsey onside for an continue reading

Aug 092015
 
Stoke 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 0, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,645) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 86′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do in the way of shot-stopping, but communicated well with those in front of him and took action on opposition crosses and through balls when needed. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 A good solid debut performance from Liverpool’s new right back. Passed the ball confidently, and defended well. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Looked the most shaky of Liverpool’s back four but still made the odd good intervention. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Committed in the challenge, and more controlled than usual. continue reading

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

May 022015
 
Liverpool 2, QPR 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Queens Park Rangers 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,707) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 19′, Gerrard 87′ QPR scorer: Fer 73′ Gerrard missed pen 79′, Nedum Onuoha sent off 82′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Emre Can – 6.5 Looked more assured at right-back than in recent weeks, and was clever enough to get his body in the way of the opponent and the ball when required. The best of Liverpool’s defenders, despite being in yet another new position. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Struggled to keep tabs on Charlie Austin, and lost the physical battle against Leroy Fer. Does the simple passes well and came continue reading

Apr 222015
 
Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 - LFC FA Cup Semi Final Tactics & Ratings

Aston Villa 2, Liverpool 1 Wembley Stadium, London (85,416) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 30′ Aston Villa scorers: Benteke 36′, Delph 54′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 Could have done better with the Aston Villa equaliser, which saw him poorly positioned as Benteke’s shot went in via the Belgian’s hand through the centre of the goal. Emre Can – 5.5 Showed glimpses of his forward drive and skill on the ball, but never settled into the game thanks to the manager’s continuous changing of his position in the various systems. Didn’t do a bad job at right back. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Struggled on continue reading

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