West Ham

May 142017
Sturridge Stars in Liverpool's Top 4 Race at Olympic Stadium

Now that the Premier League title has been won and the those departing the top flight have sealed their fate, all that is left to play for are the two remaining Champions League spots with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal still in the running. City look nailed on to win their remaining two games (West Brom (h) and Watford (a)) which would see them leapfrog Liverpool currently in third place. Arsenal, who comfortably beat Stoke on Saturday night have Sunderland and Everton at home. This left Liverpool with West Ham (a) and Middlesbrough (h); win both to guarantee CL football continue reading

Aug 312015
Liverpool 0, West Ham 3 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 0, West Ham United 3 Anfield, Liverpool (43,680) – 29/08/2015 West Ham scorers: Lanzini 3′, Noble 29′, Sakho 90′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Not really at fault for any of the three goals, but often slow to release the ball and typically inaccurate with his kicking. Nathaniel Clyne – 6 Tried in both attack and defence but was unable to do anything to influence the game at key moments. The best of a bad bunch in defence. Martin Skrtel – 4.5 Cleared poorly in the build up to West Ham’s opening goal, and looked generally shaky. The last-ditch heroics at continue reading

Jan 312015
Liverpool 2, West Ham 0 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Liverpool 2, West Ham United 0 Anfield, Liverpool (44,718) Liverpool scorers: Sterling 51′, Sturridge 80′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6.5 Looks much better in the system, and even came to punch the odd cross. A much deserved clean sheet. Emre Can – 7 Business as usual, good on the ball and good enough defensively. Swapped positions with Skrtel in the second half, and showed some encouraging signs playing out from the middle of the defence. Martin Skrtel – 6.5 Looked less comfortable after moving to right centre back in the second half. Mamadou Sakho – 7.5 Lazar Markovic – 6 Needs continue reading

Sep 202014
West Ham 3, Liverpool 1 - LFC Tactics & Player Ratings

West Ham United 3, Liverpool 1 Boleyn Ground, London (34,977) Liverpool scorer: Sterling (26′) West Ham United scorers: Reid (2′), Sakho (7′), Amalfitano (88′) Tactics Liverpool started the game using a diamond formation with Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson ahead of the deeper Steven Gerrard, and Raheem Sterling at the top. Fabio Borini came into the side to join Mario Balotelli up front, and Skrtel returned to the right side of defence. First 20 Minutes West Ham’s two early goals saw Rodgers take a gamble and change his tactics early on, replacing Javier Manquillo with Mamadou Sakho. The team switched continue reading

Apr 062014
Liverpool Tactics & Player Ratings - West Ham 1, Liverpool 2

West Ham United 1, Liverpool 2 Boleyn Ground, London (Att: 34,977) West Ham scorer: Demel (45′) Liverpool scorer: Gerrard (44′ pen, 71′ pen) Tactics Liverpool used two different formations in an attempt to break down a disciplined and resolute West Ham team. The first half began with Liverpool set up in a 4-3-3, with Suarez and Sterling either side of Sturridge at centre forward. Coutinho and Henderson played just ahead of Gerrard in midfield, with Flanagan and Johnson working the flanks behind the wide forwards. The second half saw a different shape as the team switched to a diamond midfield. This added continue reading

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