FA Cup

Jan 282017
 
Reds Devoured by Hungry Wolves: Liverpool 1, Wolves 2

By Umarah Naz. A car crash is the only way to describe the last week for Liverpool FC. Three home defeats in a row have left the Reds out of two cup competitions and with a title challenge crumbling away into a top four scrap. The embarrassment of these defeats have fans reeling at what has gone so horribly wrong with a team that was breathing down league leaders Chelsea’s neck up until New Years Eve. Embed from Getty Images Today’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield compounded Jurgen Klopp’s ignominy, where Liverpool could find no answers continue reading

Jan 192017
 
Lucas Leiva Leads Liverpool Into Next Round of the Cup

By Umarah Naz. When Lucas Leiva scores for Liverpool, you just know that the universe is a little off kilter. Embed from Getty Images The last time such a rare phenomenon occurred was 2316 days ago, in September 2010, when we were all a lot younger and a little less grey-haired. If you were strange enough to bet on a Lucas goal, it certainly wouldn’t be from a header. But that’s exactly what Plymouth Argyle had the misfortune (for them) to witness in Wednesday nights FA Cup replay at Home Park. The golden locks of the Reds captain flew into continue reading

Jan 082017
 
Liverpool 0, Plymouth Argyle 0 - Match Report

By Umarah Naz. Remember that one, single week in January that Liverpool had to recuperate from a packed fixture list? Well, it’s been filled. The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw today in the third round of the FA Cup by a Plymouth Argyle side that offered next to nothing at Anfield. After having made £600,000 for this tie alone, Plymouth backed it up by earning a replay at Home Park to be played a few days after the Premier League game against Manchester United. Embed from Getty Images Most people thought that it would be a walk in continue reading

Jan 202016
 
Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 3, Exeter City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,292) Liverpool scorers: Allen 10′, Ojo 74′, J. Teixeira 82′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Didn’t have anything to do but gets a .5 on top of the average 6 for wirking with Tiago Ilori to help organise an inexperienced back line. Connor Randall – 6 Grew with confidence as the game went on, and made some good forays into the opposition half just before he was brought off early in the second half. Tiago Ilori – 7 Was in charge of controlling the defensive line, occasionally reminding José Enrique to maintain his position 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

Apr 182015
 
Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview - FA Cup Semi Final

Liverpool go into Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on the back of a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle. The clean sheet and two goals scored make this look like an ideal scoreline to take confidence into Sunday, but to take comfort from an unconvincing performance against a poor Newcastle side would be a mistake. Aston Villa will pose an entirely different threat compared to the meek showing offered up by Newcastle’s players on Monday, and going into the game with the mindset that this game was a comfortable win could lead to complacency. Whilst Aston Villa manager Tim continue reading

Apr 082015
 
Blackburn 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Blackburn Rovers 0, Liverpool 1 Ewood Park, Blackburn (28,415) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 70′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Needed to communicate better with Sakho during an early mix-up which eventually only led to a corner, but this was the only blip. Made vital saves at key points in the game, not least from his opposite number Simon Eastwood, who made his way into the box to try and grab an equaliser late in the game. Glen Johnson – 6 Looked more comfortable at right back than he has done at right centre back. Got forward down the right, but couldn’t continue reading

Mar 082015
 
Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, Blackburn 0 Anfield, Liverpool (43,820) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 His impressive save from an Alex Baptiste header was a key moment in the game. The previous version of Mignolet might have left it for Adam Lallana to head off the line, but in this instance he took control of the situation. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Playing at right centre back, he played the odd good pass but was too slow when it came to making decisions, and can often take several touches to control a ball. Martin Skrtel – N/A Forced off with an injury in the continue reading

Feb 142015
 
Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2 Selhurst Park, London Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 49′, Lallana 58′ Palace scorer: Campbell 15′ Player Ratings *Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made some key saves which kept Liverpool in the tie, and was commanding in his area more often than not. Emre Can – 6 Goes wandering from his defensive station but you get the impression that this is part of the plan. As long as someone covers for him he’s a great attacking weapon from deep. Martin Skrtel – 5 At fault for the Palace goal, and struggled with Dwight Gayle whenever he came up against him. Gave away a couple of continue reading

Feb 042015
 
Bolton 1 , Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

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

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