Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Swansea 3: Player Ratings

An abject performance from Liverpool saw them lose at home for the first time in 25 games. The players should have a proper look at themselves on the back of this defeat. This is how badly the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (5) - Mignolet had an enjoyable first-half as Swansea were content to sit back. The second-half was a different story as the Belgian had no answers to any of the three goals. Tough to rate a keeper when the …
Liverpool vs Swansea City Preview: Can Reds return to 2nd?

Liverpool vs Swansea City Preview: Can Reds return to 2nd?

Liverpool host Swansea City on Saturday looking for their first Premier League win of 2017, three weeks into it! Facing bottom of the table Swansea at Anfield is theoretically the best fixture that the Reds could have been handed this weekend, but there's always the worry of a slip up in this league. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Swansea City Venue: Anfield Referee: Kevin Friend Date: Saturday 21st January Time: 12:30 BST FORM With 21 games played so far, Liverpool have still only …
Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

Playing United Still Leaves Me in Bits

I hate playing United, me. I love beating them, that bit is fantastic and gives me a sense of satisfaction that is difficult to explain. The losing part pretty much goes without saying, especially with our old mucker Jose in charge of them now, but I just hate playing them. Maybe it's down to my blood pressure resembling a thermometer in the Nevada dessert at midday before the game even kicks off - the word tense doesn't come close. I …
Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 1 - Player Ratings

It wasn't like the game at Anfield earlier this season. It was a Liverpool vs United game that lived up to its billing. Yes, it was short of quality on a few occasions, but the pluck and frenzy of a derby was there for all to see. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header cancelled out Milner's first-half penalty, but Liverpool will be disappointed not to have shut the game out as they had plenty of chances before Zlatan popped up with the …
Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

Was Jordan Henderson the Balance Weight for Liverpool FC?

It’s true what they say you know. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my concerns surrounding Jordan Henderson operating in the number 6 role for Liverpool but it’s clear as day he’s been missed in recent matches. In games against Sunderland, Plymouth (admittedly with a shadow starting XI) and Southampton the midfield have looked lethargic, pedestrian and predictable. The complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect from a Jurgen Klopp …
Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview: Old Rivalry, New Perspective

Manchester United vs Liverpool Preview: Old Rivalry, New Perspective

Liverpool make a short trip up the M6 on Sunday to face Manchester United in one of the biggest fixtures in the English football calendar. With United having experienced something of a fall from grace in recent years, the game takes on a slightly rarer meaning with the Red Devils, majorly in-form, chasing the Reds, with Jürgen Klopp's side looking to put further distance between themselves and the team their fans love to hate. THE DETAILS Match: Manchester United vs …
Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

Analysing Emre Can's Performance Against Sunderland

The disappointing 2-2 draw against Sunderland was the first Premier League match Liverpool have been without Jordan Henderson all season. The captain has been a bit of a divisive figure amongst fans since Jurgen Klopp moved him to a slightly more withdrawn role, which has seen him operate as a number 6. He's expected to break up play, cover the space vacated by the attacking full-backs and start attacks. He does the former two aspects of that role well but …
How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

How the Liverpool press Nullified Manchester City

The buzzword surrounding Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool manger in October 2015 was pressing. Gegenpress this, Gegenpress that, counter-press them here and counter-press them there. Basically, Klopp was supposed to turn up and blitz the Premier League with his high pressing, all action, heavy metal football. When it transpired that this wasn't going to be the case many in the media felt a little cheated. The German maverick wasn't playing ball. To them it was like receiving a toy for …
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Two games within 48 hours was always going to be a mighty ask, and at the end the exertions showed as Liverpool dropped two points on the road at Sunderland. This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - Had a busier first-half than he would have liked. Made a couple of big saves, especially a one-on-one against Defoe to ensure Liverpool still stayed level on the scoreboard. He could not have done much for either of the penalties. …
Tactical Analysis - Klopp out thinks Guardiola as Liverpool are victorious

Tactical Analysis - Klopp out thinks Guardiola as Liverpool are victorious

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