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
Raheem Sterling, or Raheem Shaquille Sterling to give him is full name, was born in Kingston Jamaica on the 8th December 1994.
Until the age of five he lived in the Maverly area of Kingston, before moving to England and the St Raphael’s Estate in Brent, London. He recently returned to his place of birth to give something back to the community, and possibly give them a chance to convince him to play for Jamaica rather than England!
Raheem played his youth football for Queens Park Rangers where, according to Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner, he took youth football by storm. His displays at youth level lead to interest from a host of top clubs in England including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal, but it was Rafa Benitez who convinced him to sign for Liverpool after showing Sterling and his mum around the club and it’s training facilities, with a bit of help from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. He was told he’d be viewed as a first team player in the making, rather than just another member of the youth team.
Sterling made his Liverpool debut on 24th March 2012, when Kenny Dalglish brought him on in the 84th minute to replace Dirk Kuyt in a 1-2 defeat to Wigan Athletic at Anfield.
In the following season he was fast tracked to the first team under manager Brendan Rodgers, who saw in Sterling a young player with a great tactical awareness of the game to go alongside his natural technical gifts. He became a regular starter at the start of the 2012/13 season, and his performances were so impressive that he made his full England debut on the 14th of November in a friendly against Sweden. As this game was only a friendly he is still able to switch allegiance to Jamaica, but it seems likely he will play for the country where he developed as a footballer.
Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,611) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 9′, Allen 70′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made one excellent save from a Perez header, reacting well when slightly off balance to claw the ball away from the top corner. Glen Johnson – 5 After a decent start, the right-back declined as the game went on. Unsure with his touch and unconvincing in defence. Emre Can – 6.5 Carried the ball out of defence well, and looks confident in the centre of a back four even if the things he tried didn’t always come off. Executed a few no-nonsense clearances continue reading
Southampton 0, Liverpool 2 St Mary’s, Southampton (31,723) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 3′, Sterling 73′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Another solid performance from the revived Belgian, in difficult conditions thanks to the wet weather. Dejan Lovren – 5.5 Made the odd good intervention, but generally struggled, especially when Liverpool’s defensive line was high. A pass success of 65% sums up his performance on the ball. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Couldn’t cope with Graziano Pellé early on, and Southampton’s long balls over the top or round the side caused problems for him and Lovren. Grew into the game and was impressive in continue reading
Bolton Wanderers 1, Liverpool 2 Macron Stadium, Horwich (22,171) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 86′, Coutinho 90′ Bolton scorer: Gudjohnsen 59′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Had to be alert early on, and was in the right position to save a Wheater header. Passed all the tests Bolton threw at him, even if there weren’t any difficult saves to make. Emre Can – 8 Set up Sterling for the equalising goal with an inventive lofted pass. Ran the game once he moved forward into midfield, and had a rasping left foot shot well saved by the Bolton keeper Lonergan. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Even though continue reading
Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,718) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 51′, Sturridge 80′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Looks much better in the system, and even came to punch the odd cross. A much deserved clean sheet. Emre Can – 7 Business as usual, good on the ball and good enough defensively. Swapped positions with Skrtel in the second half, and showed some encouraging signs playing out from the middle of the defence. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Looked less comfortable after moving to right centre back in the second half. Mamadou Sakho – 7.5 Lazar Markovic – 6 Needs continue reading
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,573) Liverpool scorer: Sterling 59′ Chelsea scorer: Hazard 18′ (pen) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Emre Can – 6.5 Gave away the penalty in the first half with a clumsy challenge on Hazard which the Belgian expected. Was otherwise excellent in a relatively unfamiliar position against one of the best players in the league. Chose the right times to go forward from his right centre back position. Martin Skrtel – 7.5 Another solid game in a position which suits him. Mamadou Sakho – 7 Should become a mainstay of the Liverpool defence. Good with and continue reading
Burnley 0, Liverpool 1 Turf Moor, Burnley (21,335) Liverpool scorer: Sterling 62′ Player Ratings Brad Jones – N/A Went off with a thigh injury early in the game. Kolo Touré – 6 Martin Skrtel – 6 Settled into the game after one mistake early on which saw Burnley’s Danny Ings hit the post. Mamadou Sakho – 7 Liverpool’s best player in the first half, helping to keep Burnley at bay despite their early dominance. Won headers, tackles, and made interceptions at the right times, as well as being good positionally. Let the odd pass go astray but was generally good with the continue reading
Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3 Dean Court, Boscombe, Bournemouth (11,347) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 20′, 51′, Markovic 27′ Bournemouth scorer: Gosling 57′ Liverpool Tactics Player Ratings Brad Jones – 5.5 Might have done better with the goal, but was unsighted as the ball was shot through Touré’s legs. Distribution OK, especially from hands, but can still do better. Kolo Touré – 6 The best of a bad bunch in defence, as is often the case, until Sakho came on. Played a good ball into the centre of the park to Lallana, who then set up Sterling for the third goal. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Conspired with continue reading
Liverpool 0, real Madrid 3 Anfield, Liverpool (43,521) Real Madrid scorers: C. Ronaldo (23′) (Benzema 30′, 41′) Liverpool needed a point to get ahead in Group B’s fight for second – a fight which will inevitably ensue in what is, above all else, an easy group for the defending champions Real Madrid. The only problem for Real has been balancing these midweek games with a mind on their preparation for more important games in the league the following weekend, and Liverpool offered no more than a training session with El Clásico just around the corner. Realists amongst the Liverpool support would continue reading
Queens Park Rangers 2, Liverpool 3 Loftus Road, London (18,069) Liverpool scorers: Dunne 67′ OG), Coutinho (90′), Caulker (90’+5 OG) QPR scorers: Gerrard (90;+2 OG) (Vargas 87′) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made a good save early on, coming off his line quickly to smother a Charlie Austin attempt. His next involvement was a glaring error – coming off his line and getting nowhere near a hanging ball which QPR somehow managed not to score from. Was better in the second half and made a couple of good saves. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Too slow in possession and not continue reading