Stoke City

Apr 102017
LFC Tactics & Player Ratings: Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2

Stoke City 1, Liverpool 2 Embed from Getty Images Bet 365 Stadium, Stoke on Trent (27,568) Liverpool scorers: Coutinho 70′, Firmino 72′ Stoke scorer: Walters 44′ Simon Mignolet – 9* Two outstanding saves to rescue Liverpool’s ailing defence who continue to gift chances to the opposition. Embed from Getty Images Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5.5 Wasn’t helped by those around him. A learning experience for the 18-year-old who was subbed at half-time. One great cross showed his potential. Dejan Lovren – 4 Gifted a chance to Arnautovic and was stranded for numerous other Stoke chances, including their goal. Joel Matip – 6 continue reading

Aug 092015
Stoke 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 0, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,645) Liverpool scorer: Coutinho 86′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Had little to do in the way of shot-stopping, but communicated well with those in front of him and took action on opposition crosses and through balls when needed. Nathaniel Clyne – 6.5 A good solid debut performance from Liverpool’s new right back. Passed the ball confidently, and defended well. Martin Skrtel – 5.5 Looked the most shaky of Liverpool’s back four but still made the odd good intervention. Dejan Lovren – 6.5 Committed in the challenge, and more controlled than usual. continue reading

May 242015
Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Stoke City 6, Liverpool 1 Britannia Stadium, Stoke (27,602) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard 70′ Stoke scorers: Diouf 22′, 26′, Walters 30′, Adam 41′, N’Zonzi 45′, Crouch 86 Simon Mignolet – 4.5 Parried the ball into the path of Diouf for Stoke’s first. Emre Can – 4 Struggled at right back during the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, and couldn’t cope with Arnautović. Headed the ball straight to Walters for their third goal Taken off at half time. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Mamadou Sakho – 5 The only player leading the side when heads went down. Not faultless himself in defence, but looked less lost continue reading

Nov 292014
Liverpool 1, Stoke City 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Stoke City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,735) Liverpool scorer: Johnson (85′) Tactics Liverpool set up with a similar system to the one used v Ludogorets. Rodgers persisted with a defensive 4-2-3-1 shape despite being at home. In the second half every player shifted slightly further up the pitch in an attempt to aid the attack and prevent a repeat of a fruitless first half. Despite being better in a double pivot than Gerrard and Henderson, Lucas and Joe Allen can still be caught out of position, or turned easily by quick, skilful attackers (Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf on continue reading

Jan 122014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5

Stoke City 3, Liverpool 5 Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent (Att: 27,160) Liverpool scorers: Shawcross (5 OG), Suárez (32, 71), Gerrard (51 pen ) Sturridge (87) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 His up and down performance summed up the game. Made some great saves but also looked uncertain at times when coming for crosses and punching. Made a mistake for Stoke’s third but was unsighted. Glen Johnson – 5.5 Noweher near back to his best but a slight improvement on recent games. Switches off defensively, and can look laborious in attack. Martin Skrtel – 6 Won some important headers and gave Shawcross as good continue reading

Aug 172013
Liverpool 1, Stoke 0 - Player Ratings, Report & Tactics

Liverpool 1, Stoke City 0 Anfield (Att: 44,822) Liverpool Scorer:  Sturridge (37) 22. Simon Mignolet – 8 Flapped at a few crosses early on but made an outstanding one-handed save from a Jonathan Walters shot in the first half. His biggest contribution came near then end of the game when he saved a penalty from Walters, and reacted brilliantly to stop the rebound from Kenwyn Jones. 2. Glen Johnson – 7 Was secure in possession and in defence. Covered well at the back and made some good runs forward. 4. Kolo Toure – 8 Was a commanding presence at the back continue reading

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