Champions League

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

Nov 262014
Ludogorets 2, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 2, Liverpool 2 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia (37,143) Liverpool scorers: Lambert (8′), Henderson (37′) Ludogorets scorers: Dani Abalo (3′), Terziev (88′)   Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Made an error early on in the game, spilling a long shot and gifting a goal to the onrushing Dani Abalo. The ball took a slight extra bounce, but the Belgian had been dealing with these easily in the warm-up. His kicking was poor throughout the game, and he’s still suspect when coming for crosses. Javier Manquillo – 6.5 Was Liverpool’s best defender, as is often the case. Can be found continue reading

Nov 042014
Real Madrid 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Real Madrid 1, Liverpool 0 Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (79,283) Real Madrid scorers: Benzema (27′) Amidst accusations that this was some sort of “weak” XI, the Liveprool team which took to the field showed more more fight than the one which faced Real back at Anfield. A solid structure, proper defensive leadership from Kolo Touré, and a midfield who at least attempted to protect the back four. A striker who ran and ran up front, a midfielder who covered more of the pitch than the groundsman, and a goalkeeper who seemed to be revelling in the onslaught he faced. Liverpool may continue reading

Oct 252014
Liverpool 0, Real Madrid 3 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

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

Oct 012014
FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

FC Basel 1, Liverpool 0  St. Jakob-Park (36,000) FC Basel scorer: Streller (50′) Tactics Liverpool lined up with something resembling a 4-4-1-1 in defence, and a 4-2-4 in attack. Philippe Coutinho played off Mario Balotelli up front, with Sterling and Markovic joining in on the wings but also covering back in defence. Jordan Henderson was slightly more advanced than Steven Gerrard in the midfield pairing. The full-backs, especially Manquillo bombed forward when the opportunity arose. Later in the game Lallana replaced Coutinho, and took up a similar position, with Balotelli moving slightly to the right wing when Lambert came on for Markovic. 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

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