League Cup

Liverpool FC are the most successful club in League cup history, with a total of 8 triumphs in the competition. Their first win came in 1981 against West Ham, and after drawing 1-1 at Wembley, Liverpool came out on top 2-1 in a replay at Villa Park, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen getting the goals.

Mar 032016
Back to Basics for Klopp's Liverpool in City victory.

There have been numerous discussions recently on the subject of Jurgen Klopp’s tactics, or rather a supposed lack of them, which has left many fans feeling uneasy. In the 3-0 victory against Manchester City on Wednesday evening, however, it’s fair to say that the German answered his critics emphatically. He masterminded the victory by going back to basics tactically. Back in October when Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager his first match was away at Spurs. The match finished 0-0 but Klopp earned rave reviews for how he’d set Liverpool up. The Reds, who had been woeful defensively in the continue reading

Dec 022015
Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Southampton 1, Liverpool 6 St. Marys, Southampton (31,592) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge 25′, 29′; Origi 45′, 68′, 86′; Ibe 73′ Southampton scorer: Mané 1′ Player Ratings Adam Bogdan – 6 Had little to do, but looked assured in all that he did. Didn’t have much chance with the goal. Connor Randall – 6 Looked like he was going to struggle early on, but grew in confidence instead of shrinking, despite picking up an early booking. Martin Skrtel – 6 Was relatively untroubled, but did what he needed to. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Received abuse from the fans of his old club throughout the game, continue reading

Oct 282015
Liverpool 1, Bournemouth 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Bournemouth 0 Anfield, Liverpool (41,948) Liverpool scorer: Clyne 17′ Player Ratings *Adam Bogdan – 7.5 Made a few really good saves in the first half from Junior Stanislas which were a big reason for the clean-sheet, and a big reason some of his team-mates mistakes weren’t noticed as much as they might have been. Kicks the ball with more conviction than Mignolet, and isn’t afraid to come off his line. Made another good save in injury time from Ritchie. Nathaniel Clyne – 7 Was playing out of position at left back but put in a good performance. Scored his continue reading

Sep 242015
Liverpool 1, Carlisle 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Carlisle United 1 Liverpool win 3-2 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (42,518) Liverpool scorer: Ings 23′ Carlisle scorer: Asamoah 34′ Adam Bogdan – 6.5 Had little to do, but was beaten at the near post by Asamoah for Carlisle’s goal. Made three save in the shoot-out to win the tie for his side. Emre Can – 6 Stepped out from the back well, regularly becoming an auxiliary midfielder when space opened up. Played a good cross for Origi in the second half. Chipped a cool penalty into the middle of the goal during the shoot-out. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Didn’t know continue reading

Jan 282015
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 Stamford Bridge, London (40,659) Chelsea scorer: Ivanovic 94′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 8 Made a brilliant reaction save with his feet in the second half, after a Diego Costa shot was deflected on its way through, and made another vital tackle on the Brazilian not long after to save a certain goal. Emre Can – 7 Coped well with the threat of Hazard, and could keep pace with the Belgian once the field opened up, using his physical advantage to counter any trickery. Drove forward well with the ball when he chose to do so. Martin continue reading

Jan 202015
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

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

Dec 182014
Bournemouth 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

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

Oct 292014
Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Swansea City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (42,582) Liverpool scorers: Balotelli (86′), Lovren (90′+5) Swansea City scorer: Emnes (65′) Player Ratings Brad Jones – 6.5 Was in good positions to make some routine saves, and handled well from an awkward Shelvey free kick. Was good off his line and sweeping up, but critics might say Mignolet, with his bigger one-on-one presence, would have saved Emnes’s shot for the Swansea goal. Javier Manquillo – 7.5 Held his own against the tricky Jefferson Montero, and could claim to have won the battle. Plenty of other full-backs have, and will, struggle against the Ecuadorian. Was asked continue reading

Sep 242014
Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 2, Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool win 14-13 on penalties AET Anfield, Liverpool (41,857) Liverpool scorers: Rossiter (10′), Suso (109′) Middlesbrough scorers: Reach (62′), Bamford (pen 120′) Tactics The personnel changes saw Brendan Rodgers set the team up in a formation which is used throughout the club from youth and under-21s upwards. The variations of 4-3-3 are familiar to all players and suited the deep lying midfield pair of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Rossiter, who played big roles in the execution of the tactical plan. Adam Lallana played ahead of the pair for much of the game, but Markovic move central later on continue reading

Sep 262013
Player Ratings & Tactics - Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0

Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0 Old Trafford, Manchester (Att: 65,701) (25/09/2013) 22. Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Made some good saves in the second half and was generally faultless. 4 Kolo Toure – 6 Looked the more assured of the back three, managed to get forward at times to confuse the opposition defence. 37 Martin Skrtel – 6 Decent enough performance in the centre of the defence, communication sometimes a problem between him, Sakho, and Mignolet. 17 Mamadou Sakho – 6 Looked more settled but still has the odd mistake in him. Hasn’t been helped much by those around him in his continue reading

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