Steven Gerrard

May 242015
Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,602) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 70′ Stoke scorers: Diouf 22′, 26′, Walters 30′, Adam 41′, N’Zonzi 45′, Crouch 86 Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Parried the ball into the path of Diouf for Stoke’s first. Emre Can – 4 Struggled at right back during the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, and couldn’t cope with Arnautović. Headed the ball straight to Walters for their third goal Taken off at half time. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Mamadou Sakho – 5 The only player leading the side when heads went down. Not faultless himself in defence, but looked less lost continue reading

May 162015
Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 3 Anfield, Liverpool (44,673) Liverpool scorer: Lallana 26′ Crystal Palace scorers: Puncheon 43′, Zaha 60′, Murray 90′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Repeatedly let down by those in front of him, not least after saving a penalty at the end and none of his team-mates followed up for the rebound. Should have done better for the free-kick goal scored by Puncheon, which went in easily on the side the Belgian should have had covered. Emre Can – 6 Tried, looked bothered, and perhaps should have had a more central role. Gave away the free kick which continue reading

May 102015
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 1 Stamford Bridge, London (41,547) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 44′ Chelsea scorer: Terry 5′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Came for everything and got to most of it. Made a couple of good saves and was vocal throughout. Emre Can – 6 Isolated against Hazard thanks to the role he was being asked to play, which was somewhere between right-back and midfielder. Wasted a good chance in the dying seconds of the game, shooting when he should have looked for a better option. Martin Skrtel – 6 Made some good blocks and was steady other than a couple of positional 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

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

Jan 052015
AFC Wimbledon 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

AFC Wimbledon 1, Liverpool 2 Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, London (4,784) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 12′, 62′ Wimbledon scorer: Akinfenwa 36′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made a great save to deny Wimbledon in the first half, reacting well to a close range shot to tip the ball over the bar. However, he was at fault for the first Wimbledon goal as he came for a corner and got nowhere near it, though he might have been being fouled by Akinfenwa. Made a vital tackle in stoppage time, preventing a late Wimbledon chance. Emre Can – 5.5 Wasteful in possession continue reading

Jan 012015
Liverpool 2, Leicester City 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

 Liverpool 2, Leicester City 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,720) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard 17′ (pen), 40′ (pen) Leicester scorers: Nugent 58′; Schlupp 60′   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made one good save late on in the game, but failed to get anything on either goal as two shots from outside the area flashed by him. Emre Can – 6 Generally good but still our of position on a couple of occasions, and could have closed down the shot quicker for Leicester’s second. Has the ability to recover though, and is a good outlet from the back. Kolo Touré – 6 Caught under the continue reading

Dec 092014
Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, FC Basel 1 Anfield, Liverpool (43,290) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (80′) FC Basel scorer: Frei (25′) Lazar Markovic sent off (61′) Tactics Brendan Rodgers went with an experienced but weak starting XI in this must win Champions League game. Lucas and Joe Allen acted as a double pivot of sorts, which may work when a more defensive set up is required but wasn’t suited to this situation, and even then the pair were bypassed easily for the FC Basel goal. Steven Gerrard played ahead of them, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling in wide midfield positions, which meant they continue reading

Dec 022014
Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Leicester City 1, Liverpool 3 The KING POWER stadium, Leicester (32,000) Liverpool scorer: Lallana (26′), Gerrard (54′), Henderson (83′) Leicester scorer: Mignolet (22′ OG) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Made an error early on, passing to Cambiasso instead of one of his own team, but the Argentine missed the open net from around 30 yards out. Made a great save just before the goal, getting just enough of a hand on a close range effort and Skrtel cleared off the line. Was unlucky with the goal as it rebounded off the post onto him and then into the goal. Javier continue reading

Sep 272014
Liverpool 1, Everton 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 1, Everton 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,511) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (65′) Everton scorer: Jagielka (90’+1) Tactics A slight change in formation saw Liverpool line up in what was something like 4-1-3-1-1 in attack, and often 4-4-1-1 in defence. Steven Gerrard was always the deepest of the midfielders, with the wide players and Henderson breaking forward into a three when the team had the ball. Lazar Markovic started on the right, with Raheem Sterling on the left, but they alternated positions in the second half. Adam Lallana played a prominent role in the side supporting Balotelli up front, before being moved wider continue reading

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