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 …
Rating Liverpool Players' Consistency in 2016-17 - PART ONE

Rating Liverpool Players' Consistency in 2016-17 - PART ONE

There has been plenty of talk of Liverpool's inconsistencies throughout the 2016-17 campaign. After a hugely impressive start to the season, it's been another disappointing year and what had the potential to be a successful campaign, has turned into an unpredictable final few months. Liverpool have the best success record against teams in the top six and they picked up a number of commanding victories against their rivals at the beginning of the season. Wins against Arsenal and Everton on …
Liverpool 2 Burnley 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Burnley 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool have tended to oscillate between the joyful highs and the gut-wrenching lows. Today was somewhere down the middle and it was a great sight to see. Liverpool did not just win, but they found a way to win when they were way below the normal standard. Three points have never felt sweeter. Considering the direct nature of the game, I will be going direct on the match ratings piece. Simon Mignolet (6) - Could not do much for the …
Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1 - Player Ratings

The Robin Hoods of English football are back. Liverpool were well-deserved 3-1 winners at Anfield against an Arsenal side who fought back after the break following what was an abject first half from them. Goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane gave the Reds a 2-0 lead and Gini Wijnaldum sealed the win for the Reds after Danny Welbeck pulled it back to 2-1 to send the nerves jangling. Here's how each player fared. Simon Mignolet - 6.5 He had precious …
Leicester must be a watershed game for Klopp

Leicester must be a watershed game for Klopp

They say you shouldn't write about your team when you're angry and after that abject display against Leicester, I was both furious and embarrassed. Therefore, I thought it best to take some time before reflecting on the game. Unfortunately, 48 hours has done little to quell my emotions. I have unashamedly been an advocate of Jürgen Klopp for years and was elated at his appointment. Make no mistake, I am still delighted he is our manager and I have absolute …
Why criticism of Nathaniel Clyne is justified

Why criticism of Nathaniel Clyne is justified

Liverpool's performances of late have been nothing short of uninspiring and a number of players have come under criticism in recent weeks. The usual names of Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and Simon Mignolet have been ringing out on social media but in 2017, Nathaniel Clyne has joined the group of players receiving criticism. A lot of it has been justified too. The right-back joined the Reds for just £12.5 million in 2015 which at the time, was a …
Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

Liverpool FC Squad Analysis: The (Lack of) Depth Chart

At the start of the season I was quietly confident in the strength and potential of Klopp’s squad considering the lack of European football. Coming into the final 12 games and the worrying lack of depth and quality in key positions has come to the fore. Milner has played most of the season as left back and Lucas Leiva continues to pick up playing time as a centre back. You don’t need to look at statistical analysis — such as …
A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

A Time For Tough Questions, Not Sympathy At Liverpool

There’s usually solace in defeat. As the Reds trumped off the pitch at the KC Stadium this month with catcalls ringing in their ears, many of us thought that that was to be the season low, the nadir, the point at which we look back at and say ‘That’s when things began to change.’ They did not. Then came Spurs and the inevitable win. Nothing was more assured than those three points and the performance which generated them. Put this …
Midfielders in Defence: For how much longer?

Midfielders in Defence: For how much longer?

As Liverpool suffered yet another calamitous defeat, the repetitive thought was how much longer could Liverpool afford to deploy this make-shift back line? James Milner When Milner was touted to be the first choice left-back in August, there was a mixture of amazement and worry at the decision. His initial performances seemed to be meeting the need of the hour, though he was consistently beaten down his side. But as the games passed, teams were more than happy to let …
Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

Observations from Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Leicester City

What can you say really that hasn’t been said before? Liverpool follows up an impressive victory over a top-four rival with a dismal defeat against a team in a relegation battle. The 2-0 win over Spurs is a distant memory now and Jurgen Klopp’s men failed once again to build up some much-needed momentum. Top four looked a shoe-in a few months back but now if Manchester United win their game in hand the Reds fall to sixth in the …
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