Manchester City

Mar 192017
Points Shared at the Etihad as CL Qualification Remains Wide Open.

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 1. Match report by Umarah Naz. If ever an advert was needed for English Premier League football then Manchester City against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon was it. Embed from Getty Images Two teams who know no other way of playing than to attack the opponents goal. The 1-1 draw at the Etihad was a frenetic, end-to-end game that had everything but a winner. Some fantastic football, crunching tackles, mildly pathetic booing, unsuccessful penalty shouts, dubious yellow cards, possible red ones, some glaring misses, a cracking penalty, a great goal and to top it all off, the continue reading

Nov 212015
Manchester City 1, Liverpool 4 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Manchester City 1, Liverpool 4 Etihad Stadium, Manchester (54,444) Liverpool scorers: Mangala 7′ (og), Coutinho 23′, Firmino 32′, Skrtel 81′ Manchester City scorer: Agüero 44′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5.5 Poor with his kicking as usual, and had little to do other than pick Aguero’s strike out of the net when he was beaten (by an excellent shot) from distance. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 Made a few errors early on including a poor cross when through on goal, and delaying to long when presented with a great chance to play Lallana in, meaning his team-mate was offside. Settled in after that, despite continue reading

Mar 012015
Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Manchester City 1 Anfield, Liverpool (44,590) Liverpool scorers: Henderson 11′, Coutinho 75′ Man City scorers: Dzeko 25′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Looks less comfortable without Sakho in front of him, and failed to come for the odd ball which should have been his. Emre Can – 6.5 If a game appears to be going quiet, normal, or stale, Can will step out of defence and liven it up again. At one point he was in the centre forward position, then the next minute he’d be back in defence receiving a pass from Skrtel. Not the best defensively on the continue reading

Aug 262014
Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

Manchester City 3, Liverpool 1 25/08/2014 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester (45,471) Liverpool scorer: Zabaleta (OG 83′) Manchester City scorers: Jovetic (41′, 55′), Aguero (69′) Liverpool Tactics Liverpool lined up in a 4-3-3 formation which regularly changed to a 4-1-4-1 when defending. The wide forwards in the front three, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, were often seen in the defensive line, as their instructions obviously included helping out the full-back behind them. In attack the pair would take up different roles from their wide position, with Sterling often joining Daniel Sturridge up front, whilst Coutinho liked to drift into more central positions in continue reading

Jul 312014
Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 - Liverpool Tactics

Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 Yankee Stadium, New York (49,653) Liverpool scorers: Henderson (59′), Sterling (85′) Manchester City scorer: Jovetić (53′, 67′) Liverpool kicked off the game using the diamond midfield, with Steven Gerrard deep, Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson in the middle and Philippe Coutinho as the number ten. The system relies heavily on full-backs, but neither Martin Kelly nor José Enrique could offer the required quality in this area. Liverpool first half tactics Sebastián Coates and Phillipe Coutinho stood out in the first half, with the latter’s first touch being excellent, but his final ball not quite finding the continue reading

Apr 132014
LFC Tactics & Ratings - Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2

Liverpool 3, Manchester City 2 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,601) Liverpool scorers: Sterling (6′), Skrtel (26′), Coutinho (78′) Manchester City scorers: Silva (57′),  Johnson (62′ OG) Tactics Liverpool opted for a diamond midfield to start the game. The noticeable difference to the usual set up in this formation was that Henderson was on the left side, helping Jon Flanagan to stifle the attacking threat posed by Jesús Navas and Pablo Zabaleta. Philippe Coutinho started on the right of the diamond, with Raheem Sterling in attacking midfield down the centre. Luis Suarez played on the right in the front two, as he looked to target continue reading

Dec 262013
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1

Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1 Etihad Stadium, Manchester (Att: 47,351) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho (24) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 5 His weak hand from a Negredo shot led to Manchester City’s second goal, as the ball bobbled into the goal behind him. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Better than in recent weeks but still poor overall. Was again sloppy with his touch, which cost him a golden chance to equalise. The ball rebounded to him to the right of the six yard box with the goal gaping, but he got the ball stuck under his feet. Martin Skrtel – 5 At fault for continue reading

Feb 032013
Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings

Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2 Etihad Stadium, Manchester (Att: 47,301) Liverpool scorers: Sturridge (29), Gerrard (73) Pepe Reina – 5 Was having a decent game until his rash decision to come out of his area cost us the three points. Glen Johnson – 6 A steady performance from the right back. Hit a couple of shots, but didn’t have as much influence in attack as he would have liked. Jamie Carragher – 6 Another competent performance from the Liverpool legend. Looks like our best defender at the moment. Daniel Agger – 6 Should have been concentrating on the play more for continue reading

Aug 272012
Liverpool Player Ratings vs Manchester City at Home - Premier League

Liverpool – 2 – 2 – Manchester City Martin Skrtel (34) | Yaya Toure (63) Luis suarez (66) | Carlos Tevez (80) Anfield, Liverpool 26/08/2012 Pepe Reina – 6 At fault for the first goal after coming out for the ball and missing it. Otherwise, a generally solid display in the sweeper keeper role. Assured passing with either foot. Martin Kelly – 6 Also at fault for the first goal, but this apart he was good defensively when called upon, and offers Reina an outlet for a long ball in attack. Sebastien Coates – 6 Still has the odd shaky continue reading

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