Srikanth

Srikanth is a writer whose articles mainly deal with tactics or stats. A major fan of Torres/Henderson/Markovic, he is also the host of the Anfield Index Global Podcast and a regular guest on the Anfield Index Indian Podcast.

Observations from Newcastle vs Liverpool Stalemate

Observations from Newcastle vs Liverpool Stalemate

Liverpool continued to struggle against well setup teams as they dropped yet another two points on the road against Rafa's Reds Magpies. Liverpool struggled to create anything against a solid, drilled defence and drifted away from the top four. Here are the key takeaways from today. End of the road for Sturridge? Bobby Firmino had struggled in the past couple of games, and hence it was not surprising that he got a breather with Sturridge re-instated into the starting lineup. …
Observations from Leicester vs Liverpool as the Reds sneak a win

Observations from Leicester vs Liverpool as the Reds sneak a win

Liverpool attained a semblance of revenge for the mid-week loss in the cup game against Leicester as the Reds prevailed by an odd goal in five. The important takeaways from tonight. Liverpool buck the win-less trend Liverpool headed into this game on the back of a 4 game winless streak (if such things can be called as streaks is a worthwhile debate), with this September looking to be in stark contrast to the previous one. The other lingering question was, …
Observations from the Liverpool v Burnley Stalemate

Observations from the Liverpool v Burnley Stalemate

This was always going to be a difficult game, especially considering Burnley's solid away form this season. It ended up as a stalemate, with Liverpool dropping two points. The key takeaways - Team News Klopp was expected to ring in the changes for the game vs Burnley, and he confirmed the same during his pre-match press conference. So it was not surprising to see the number of changes, but the intriguing aspects were the return of Coutinho and a start …
Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Manchester City 5 - 0 Liverpool: Player Ratings

A game whose result was decided by one reckless challenge and the Reds' heads just dropped. The Reds were royally whipped by an all star City team, leading to Klopp's heaviest defeat in his reign as Liverpool manager. (Considering how Liverpool and Klopp had given up on the game in the second half, we need to take these ratings with a pinch of salt) Simon Mignolet (6): Restored to the lineup, the keeper had a very busy first half, pulling …
Observations as Liverpool dominate the Gunners at Anfield

Observations as Liverpool dominate the Gunners at Anfield

Liverpool drubbed a listless Arsenal team as the attack ran riot for the Reds. The front three took their well-deserved goals and could have easily scored half a dozen tonight. Read on for my key observations from the game. The Line-up Surprise There was an equal measure of shock and surprise as Simon Mignolet was dropped altogether from the matchday squad, to be replaced by Karius in the line up. This was just the third game in the league, so …
Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Watford 3 Liverpool 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool returned to normalcy against a lower half team by dropping points in the dying seconds of the game. Liverpool woke up from their slumber in the second half to take the lead after trailing twice during the game. This is how the Reds fared Simon Mignolet (4.5) - An error filled performance from the stopper in the season opener. His reluctance to claim the ball for Watford's opener was baffling. His distribution continues to be a source of worry. …
Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

A game of two halves if ever there was one. Good on Klopp and Liverpool that they decided there is a game to be played in the second half. On the balance of intent, one could say that Liverpool deserved to win the game. First away win for Liverpool in 2017. How important will this win be if we make Top 4? This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (8) - An outstanding performance from Mignolet. Was confident on …
Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 2 Bournemouth: Player Ratings

Yet another team from the bottom half of the table. Yet another game where Liverpool drop points. It is no longer funny anymore. Liverpool might regret this at the end of the season as Liverpool failed to take advantage of a couple of other results. This is how the Reds fared today. Simon Mignolet (5) -  Small actions can have big outcomes. Liverpool started brightly, but Mignolet's dithering on the ball halted the momentum and spread nervousness all around. His releases …
Liverpool 3 Everton 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 Everton 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool continued their good home form against Top 6 rivals with a convincing win against the blue side of Liverpool. It's always a particularly satisfying win when beating Everton but doing the double over them means the Red side are totally dominant this season. Anyway, back to the game - here are the ratings for the game. Simon Mignolet (7) - Had very little to do. Made a good save from a deflected shot. He would appreciate more such afternoons. Nathaniel Clyne …
Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

A mentally exhausting game ended with honours even, with both teams spurning big chances to settle the result. What looked to be a slow burner, exploded into life in a very watchable second half. This is how the Reds fared Simon Mignolet (6) - In spite of the attacking play from City, Mignolet had pretty little to do in terms of big saves. Got his leg to a ball cut in from the right. Could do nothing for the goal …
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