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Feb 012017
 
Sadio returns as LFC stop the rot: Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1

By Umarah Naz. A draw versus Chelsea at any other time of the season wouldn’t be such an unwelcome result, but Tuesday’s clash at Anfield was a must win for Liverpool if they wanted to have any say in the title race. Embed from Getty Images As it stands, a point isn’t enough, all things considered. Liverpool’s only saving grace was that Arsenal unexpectedly lost to Watford whilst Tottenham drew with Sunderland, leaving Liverpool in a healthy position for that all important Champions League spot. With games against Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City coming up, Liverpool’s top four destiny is continue reading

Sep 152016
 
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool Selection Headache - Who to Pick v Chelsea?

After the fantastic win against reigning league Champions Leicester City last weekend, Liverpool face the tough assignment this Friday when they take on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Embed from Getty Images We have all seen how dangerous Liverpool can be in attack. Creating chances, scoring goals, playing football with real freedom as they did last Sunday. Friday will be a real challenge to that, though. Chelsea are disciplined in defence and have been playing with two strong defensive minded midfielders in N’Golo Kante and Nemantja Matic. They are notoriously difficult to break down. Jurgen Klopp has a few decisions to continue reading

Jul 292016
 
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0 - Stateside Tactics

Liverpool began the stateside leg of their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in Pasedena, Los Angeles, California. Gary Cahil’s header from a Chelsea corner was the only goal of the game, and it harked back to LFC’s set piece troubles in recent seasons. Embed from Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s men continued with the 4-3-3 formation used during the majority of the pre-season games so far. Left sided defender Ragnar Klavan made his first appearance for the club, which meant captain for the day Dejan Lovren shifted to the right side of defence. Lovren had previously played on the continue reading

Nov 012015
 
Chelsea 1, Liverpool 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Chelsea 1, Liverpool 3 Stamford Bridge, London (41,577) Liverpool Scorers: Coutinho (45′, 74′), Benteke (83′) Chelsea scorer: Ramires 4′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Wasn’t able to stop Ramires’s close range header early on, and had little else to do. Pawed away a long range Oscar effort in the second half. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Got forward well on the right, but struggles to pick the right option in the final third. Defended solidly enough. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Took the captains armband in the second half and was often in the right place at the right time to clear up. 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

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

Nov 082014
 
Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (44,698) Liverpool scorer: Can 9′ Chelsea scorers: Cahill 14′, Costa 67′ Brendan Rodgers reverted the his so-called best XI despite the impressive defensive performances against Real Madrid in midweek. The only players to keep their place from that team were Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, and Alberto Moreno. Tactics The team started out playing in a 4-1-4-1 shape not dissimilar to that which we saw v Madrid, but the defensive line was higher, and the wide players more advanced. Philippe Coutinho would drift in from his position wide on the right when the team had the continue reading

Apr 272014
 
Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,726) Chelsea scorers: Ba (45′), Willian (90′) Tactical Overview There was nothing wrong with Chelsea’s tactics, and not much wrong with Liverpool’s. Both were being pragmatic, and as Neil Atkinson of the Anfield Wrap put it in his match review: “Pragmatism isn’t defensive football, too often it is used as a synonym of that. You will hear loads about pragmatism in the light of this Chelsea win. Pragmatism is deciding what is most likely to get your success.” If Liverpool tried to play Chelsea’s way, they’d have had less success. If Chelsea tried to play continue reading

Dec 292013
 
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Chelsea 2, Liverpool 1

Chelsea 2, Liverpool 1 Stamford Bridge, London (Att: 41,614) Liverpool scorer: Skrtel (3) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Could perhaps have done better with an Eto’o goal – a mis-hit shot which he got a touch on but not enough to stop it slithering into the goal. Made a good save from a Lampard shot, and not much he could do about a goal from Eden Hazard. Passing was decent, long and short. Glen Johnson – 4.5 Seems to be getting worse as the weeks go by. Apart from one good left footed shot he was sloppy and off the continue reading

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