Olli Emmerson

Why Liverpool can't afford to be reactive in the summer window

Why Liverpool can't afford to be reactive in the summer window

Ignoring the Virgil Van Dijk fume, ignoring Jordan Henderson's ever lasting bruise and ignoring the civil war over FSG's stewardship of the club, Liverpool fans can agree one one thing. The last couple of league games were pretty damn good. A 4-0 win in London, a 3-0 win in Anfield. Everyone was happy, even more so as the full-time blew on the season with Liverpool in the top four and back in the big time, the Champions League. Journalists, fans …
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Get in! That's it Reds, into the Champions League and all the relief that comes with that statement. It was nervy for a while until Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum combined for a goal. Coutinho and Lallana added more in the second-half to secure a superb end to the season. Here's how everyone fared individually. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Didn't have much in the way of shots but takes a solid six after another excellent performance when it came …
Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview: La finale, décideur

Liverpool's officials will be hoping to brush up on their French for a Champions League draw in Monaco in a few months time, should they see off Middlesbrough on Sunday in the final game of the Reds' season. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Date: Sunday 21st May Time: 14:00 BST FORM After a Winter, and arguably Spring, filled with darkness but short of points, Liverpool have rallied to leave themselves just a win away from securing a …
Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

Player Ratings as Liverpool sweep past West Ham

ONE. MORE. WIN. REDS. Excellent performance, great team selection from Klopp. Liverpool could have fourth wrapped up before Middlesbrough, but that's unlikely. We can still get third, but let's not get carried away just yet. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Early save from Fernandes set the tone for another good day, wasn't tested too much but helped himself in that regard with another number of good punches from crosses and corners. Nathaniel Clyne - 6 - Beaten early on a …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview: Reds can't choke as gap tightens

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview: Reds can't choke as gap tightens

Liverpool could move to within an inch of the Champions League or throw a season's work of worth away as they make their first visit to the London Stadium, visiting West Ham United on Sunday. THE DETAILS Match: West Ham United vs Liverpool Venue: London 'Olympic' Stadium Referee: Neil Swarbrick Date: Sunday 14th May Time: 14:15 BST FORM Liverpool are left with the narrowest of leads in terms of the Champions League places after they failed to win at home for the …
Liverpool 0 - 0 Southampton: Player Ratings

Liverpool 0 - 0 Southampton: Player Ratings

Ah, dear. More groans around Anfield as furtherpoints are dropped. No wins in three at home, haven't you heard? We'll be revisiting performances like these if Liverpool aren't at least fourth come the season finale. Simon Mignolet - 6 - A clean-sheet is the only thing to be positive about. Wasn't tested at all from shots but was commanding (again) from corners. Should have been sent off for handling outside the area, mind. That would have summed up Liverpool's day. …
Liverpool's run in: Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge?

Liverpool's run in: Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge?

Hello, hello. Here we go. It's getting closer. Southampton at home, West Ham away, Middlesbrough at home. "Six points will do us," says Fred. "Nah, we need seven" offers Barry. "Don't be so pessimistic, four points and Champions League football is as good as ours" predicts Bob. Maybe all Liverpool need is Daniel Sturridge, in order to go above and beyond those totals. To say that Sturridge is a secret weapon is unfair. Everyone's aware of his qualities, to the …
Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?

Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?

Liverpool have an excellent chance to put themselves within touching distance of that much craved Champions League place by beating Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, minutes before their two biggest rivals for fourth face off against one another. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Southampton Venue: Anfield Referee: Bobby Madley Date: Sunday 7th May Time: 13:30 BST FORM Liverpool were given a huge let off last weekend as dropped points from the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal losing to Spurs meant that …
Watford 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Watford 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Yes! The Reds never do things the easy way but a belter from Emre Can secured all three points for Liverpool against Watford. Let's take a closer look at the individual performances, rating each player out of 10 for how they got on. Simon Mignolet - 7 - Not much in terms of shots on target for the 'keeper but solid again with crosses into the box, an area in which he's improved heavily in recent months. Distribution a little …
Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Liverpool could find themselves looking up from fifth place by the time they travel down to Watford on Monday, with the temperature only getting higher in this unique battle for a top four spot. THE DETAILS Match: Watford vs Liverpool Venue: Vicarage Road Referee: Craig Pawson Date: Monday 1st May Time: 20:00 BST FORM It turned out to be simply too good to be true for Liverpool, with the momentum gained by crucial away wins over Stoke City and West Brom …
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