Dec 062015
Newcastle 2, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Newcastle United 2, Liverpool 0 St. James’ Park, Newcastle (52,363) Newcastle scorer: Cisse 19′, 59′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Nathaniel Clyne – 6 More of the same from Clyne, but suffered along with the rest of the team as the system broke down thanks to the failure of several key players to perform their role. Martin Skrtel – 5 Struggles against pace on the counter, and in games like this the lack of defensive leadership is exposed. Despite his age and experience he’s still unable to be this leader. Dejan Lovren – 6 Slightly more assured than Skrtel as continue reading

Apr 132015
Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,611) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 9′, Allen 70′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7.5 Made one excellent save from a Perez header, reacting well when slightly off balance to claw the ball away from the top corner. Glen Johnson – 5 After a decent start, the right-back declined as the game went on. Unsure with his touch and unconvincing in defence. Emre Can – 6.5 Carried the ball out of defence well, and looks confident in the centre of a back four even if the things he tried didn’t always come off. Executed a few no-nonsense clearances continue reading

Nov 012014
Newcastle 1, Liverpool 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Newcastle 1, Liverpool 0 St James’ Park, Newcastle (52,166) Newcastle scorer: Perez (73′) Vote for Man of the Match [yop_poll id=”7″] Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Flapped at a cross in the first half but looked more comfortable as the game progressed. Made a good save with his feet one-on-one from Cabella. Glen Johnson – 4.5 Poor in and out of possession. Asked to play slightly deeper in defence but was still beaten regularly. Makes poor choices with the ball at his feet, and often loses it. Martin Skrtel – 6 Won a number of headers and looks more comfortable continue reading

May 112014
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings - Liverpool 2, Newcastle 1

Liverpool 2, Newcastle United 1Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,724)Liverpool scorers: Agger (63′), Sturridge (65′) Newcastle United scorer: Skrtel (20′ OG) Tactics Liverpool began the game with the diamond formation which has become familiar this season. Henderson returned to the right side of the diamond, replacing Lucas, with Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen retaining their places ahead of the deeper lying Steven Gerrard. Newcastle will have had an eye on Liverpool’s struggle against Chelsea in their last home game, and set up in a similar fashion with most players behind the ball. They looked to break using the speed of Gouffran against Liverpool’s slower defenders, which worked continue reading

Oct 192013
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Newcastle 2, Liverpool 2

  Newcastle 2, Liverpool 2 St James’ Park, Newcastle (Att: 51, 703) Liverpool scorers: Gerrard (42 pen), Sturridge (72) Player Ratings Formation: 3-4-1-2, then variations of 4-4-2 once Sakho went off – see tactics below. Simon Mignolet – 6 Was unsighted and off balance for the first Newcastle goal by Cabaye, and couldn’t do anything about the second. Otherwise made a couple of other routine saves. Kolo Toure – 6.5 Always around to clear the ball if needed, and won a few defensive headers. 13/13 of his clearances were effective. Martin Skrtel – 7 Another top defensive performance from the Slovakian. continue reading

Apr 282013
Newcastle 0, Liverpool 6 (Six) - LFC Player Ratings

Newcastle 0, Liverpool 6 St James’ Park, Newcastle  (Att: 52,351) Liverpool Scorers:  Agger (3), Henderson (17, 76), Sturridge (54, 60), Borini (74) Pepe Reina – 6 Glen Johnson – 7 Jamie Carragher – 6 Daniel Agger – 7 Jose Enrique – 6 Lucas – 7 Steven Gerrard – 7 Stewart Downing – 7 *Philippe Coutinho – 8 Jordan Henderson – 8 Daniel Sturridge – 8 SUBSTITUTES Fabio Borini – 6 Suso – N/A Jonjo Shelvey – N/A

Nov 042012
Liverpool 1 Newcastle United 1 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 1, Newcastle United 1 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,803) Liverpool scorer: Suarez (67 mins) Brad Jones – 6 Didn’t react to Cabaye’s shot until it was past him, but his passing is improving and he’s settling into the system. Probably just in time to return to the bench… Andre Wisdom – 6 Doesn’t offer enough going forward, but maybe he’s not there to. Battles with Ba/Cisse were fairly even, which is encouraging for the youngster. Martin Skrtel – 6 Showed more willingness to go forward, and looking more comfortable game by game since his assist for Carlos Tevez earlier in continue reading

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