Europa League

Latest news, fixtures, previews, and match reports from Liverpool’s Europa League campaign. Liverpool will be in the Europa League for the 2012/13 season having qualified after winning the League Cup in 2012.

Liverpool FC have won the tournament three times in the past – 1973, 1976, and 2001 – when the competition was known as the UEFA Cup. The triumphs in the seventies were each coupled with a league championship, and the 2001 win came along with success in both domestic cup competitions – the FA Cup and League Cup. Liverpool’s UEFA Cup winning managers were Bill Shankly, who won his only European title in 1973, Bob Paisley, who won his first European trophy with the 1976 win before going on to win 3 European Cups, and Gerard Houlier who made the 2001 cup part of that season’s treble.

LFC reached the semi finals in 2010, when the competition took on its new title of the Europa League. The reds were knocked out by the eventual winners, Atletico Madrid, on away goals after extra time.

This area of the site charts the progress of Liverpool Football Club in their Europa League campaigns, with match previews, match results, player ratings, and the latest news surrounding the clubs involvement in the competition.

Nov 262015
Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,525) Liverpool scorer: Milner 38′ (pen), Benteke 45′ Bordeaux scorer: Saivet 33′ Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Culpable for the first goal after holding onto the ball in the area for about half an hour, giving away an indirect free kick in the area from which Saivet scored. Had made an earlier error when he came out of his box to head the ball clear, but instead headed it sideways into the path of a Bordeaux attacked. Made a good intervention later on when Saivet sent in another stinging free kick from outside the area. Nathaniel Clyne continue reading

Nov 052015
Rubin Kazan 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Rubin Kazan 0, Liverpool 1 Kazan Arena, Kazan Liverpool scorer: Ibe 52′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – N/A Had little to do, if anything. Spilled a cross with ten minutes to go just to keep things interesting. Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Got forward well down the right, and helped out in defence when needed. Occasionally drifted inside to confuse the opposition defence, and create space for Ibe and Firmino. Dejan Lovren – 7 Passed the ball well and looked untroubled in his unfamiliar position of right centre back. Made a good recovering tackle in the second half, and almost scored continue reading

Oct 232015
Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1 – Oct 22, 2015 Anfield, Liverpool (42,951) Liverpool scorer: Can 37′ Kazan scorer: Devic 15′ Oleg Kuzmin sent off for Kazan on 36′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Made a good save just after the half-hour mark to keep the deficit to just one goal. Released well with hands on one occasion, and if this becomes a more regular feature of his game then he could have a future under Klopp. Nathaniel Clyne – 5.5 Took up good positions down the right and offered an outlet in attack. Couldn’t do enough with the ball in the final third continue reading

Oct 012015
Liverpool 1, FC Sion 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, FC Sion 1 Anfield, Liverpool (37,252) Liverpool scorer: Lallana 4′ Sion scorer: Assifuah 17′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Sion’s goal went through his legs, and he came out to punch a few crosses but Anfield isn’t convinced by him. Emre Can – 6.5 Began on the right of a three man defence, but moved into the middle in the second half where he was one of few players able to drive the team forward. Was then shifted out to the right again where he was less effective. Kolo Toure – 5.5 Lost most of his headers against the Sion forwards continue reading

Feb 262015
Besiktas 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Beşiktaş 1, Liverpool 0 Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul Beşiktaş scorer: Arslan 72′ Penalties Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Made some saves which would normally be routine, but on this surface nothing was. Beaten by a bullet of a strike. Was beaten by some good penalties in the shoot-out. Kolo Touré – 6 Martin Skrtel – 6 Dejan Lovren – 6 Moved from the right to the left of the back three, making some good interventions throughout. Won a good amount of Aerial duels. Stepped up to take the all important 5th penalty, but hit it over the bar. Jordon Ibe – 6 Emre Can continue reading

Feb 192015
Liverpool 1, Besiktas 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Beşiktaş 0 Anfield, Liverpool () Liverpool scorer: Balotelli 85′ (pen) Simon Mignolet – 7 Made one excellent save from Demba Ba, getting low down to his left to save from the striker who was through on goal. Emre Can – 6 Not his best display at centre back, but improved as the game went on, and especially once moving into midfield. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Struggled to cope with Ba for much of the night. Mamadou Sakho – 6.5 Liverpool’s best defender in what wasn’t an entirely convincing clean-sheet performance from the unit. Shows some good skills on the ball, continue reading

Feb 212013
Liverpool 3, Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 - LFC Player Ratings

Liverpool 3, Zenit St Petersburg 1 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 43,026) Liverpool scorers: Suarez (28, 59), Allen (43) Pepe Reina – 6 Played some great balls out to midfield, and swept up well. Not much to do saves wise. Glen Johnson – 6 Sloppy at times but provided a good outlet going forward. Jamie Carragher – 5 Made the mistake which lead to the Zenit goal. Was otherwise solid throughout. Daniel Agger – 6 Made a good run forward to win the free kick from which we scored the first goal. Still wasteful with his long range shooting. Jose Enrique – 7 Not continue reading

Feb 142013
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings

Zenit Saint Petersburg 2, Liverpool 0 Petrovsky Stadium, St Petersburg (Att: 21,000) Pepe Reina – 7 The scoreline could have been a lot more embarrassing for Liverpool if it wasn’t for some great early saves from the inconsistent ‘keeper. Was safe and assured on what was a tricky playing surface for a goalkeeper. Glen Johnson – 6 Got forward well on occasions but had a few lapses in concentration. Martin Skrtel – 6 Could probably have done better for Zenit’s second goal where he missed his clearance. Lacked a bit of support from a holding midfielder on his return to his continue reading

Dec 062012
Udinese 0 Liverpool 1 - Europa League Player Ratings

Udinese 0, Liverpool 1 Stadio Friuli, Udine (Att: 12,000) Liverpool scorer: Henderson (23mins) Pepe Reina – 6 Made a couple of routine saves. Glen Johnson – 6 Attacked well down the right and was having a good game defensively until Amero took it past him with ease. *Martin Skrtel – 8 Won several important headers and was always in the right place at the right time. Great anticipation of opposition players movement, & the fouls he gave away were harsh calls. Sent opposition players skulking down the tunnel when he waded in to break up a half time scuffle. Jamie continue reading

Nov 222012
Liverpool FC v Young Boys - LFC Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Young Boys 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 37,810) Liverpool scorers: Shelvey (33), Cole (72) Pepe Reina – 6 Was he at fault for the second goal? Opinion is divided but it looked like he should have done better. Made some routine saves throughout the game and punched the odd cross away. Andre Wisdom – n/a Substituted early on after he appeared to pick up an injury. Martin Skrtel – 7 Looked commanding at the back and like a stand out player who is not normally part of this second string group of players. Jamie Carragher – 6 Played the continue reading

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