Lucas Leiva: The Epitome of Loyalty

Lucas Leiva: The Epitome of Loyalty

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Observations from Liverpool's defeat against Palace

Just as it looked like we were pulling clear in the race for top four, Crystal Palace rear their ugly heads again. It was so inevitable, wasn't it? Well, maybe not if you've got some optimism, something I'm certainly lacking after that performance. Can Sadio Mane have my leg? I didn't observe him, but here's what was on offer at Anfield... Top four gets that bit trickier Oh dear. If Manchester United win the derby and their games in hand, …
Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Player Ratings

It was a case of two steps forward and one step back for Liverpool, who's Champions League hopes took an almighty blow as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his old club. After a lacklustre opening to the game, Philippe Coutinho put the hosts in front with a stunning long-range free kick to seal his 10th goal of the season. It should have been 2-0 when Roberto Firmino squared the ball to an unmarked Emre Can but the German failed …
Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against West Brom

Candidates For Liverpool's MOTM Against West Brom

No type of win betters Liverpool's deserved 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday. Hammering sides often can be very entertaining for the impartial - but there is nothing more satisfying than the wins where it requires a dogged mentality, determination and grit. The Reds coped through adversity in a nerve-wracking finale; which just goes to show that Liverpool are beginning to notch up 'ugly' wins; having previously being criticised for trying to be too entertaining and not divulging any …
West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

West Brom 0 Liverpool 1: Player Ratings

Disciplined, dogged and gritty. Those are probably the best three words to describe Liverpool's performance against West Brom. It was by no means the eye-catching, fluid football we've come to expect from Jurgen Klopp's side, but a moment of quality from Roberto Firmino was enough to seal another three points and bring The Reds a step closer to Champions League qualification. Simon Mignolet - 8 Had very little to do in between the sticks, but when he was called upon …
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 …
Unpopular Liverpool Trio Silence The Doubters In The Derby

Unpopular Liverpool Trio Silence The Doubters In The Derby

At every club, there are players who are divisive figures - ones who will never receive a single ounce of praise from a section of the support. Liverpool has had too many to mention down the years, but three who currently stand-out are undoubtedly Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva and Emre Can. The Reds trio receive more stick than anyone - Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno may have something to say about that - and their performances are so often ridiculed …
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 …
Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Stats Analysis: Liverpool's Defensive Inconsistency

Three quarters of another season have passed and it looks like Liverpool FC has the same old defensive problems. The team is on course to concede over 40 goals for the 7th straight season. That means that the last time LFC conceded less than a goal per match - you guessed it, Rafa Benitez was in charge. Jurgen Klopp has insisted that this season things have gotten better so let's take a deeper look. Goalkeepers Loris Karius was bought in …
Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Klopp's Tactics: Pragmatism vs Idealism

Jürgen Klopp has a footballing style and philosophy that he sticks to very rigidly. His high-pressing, high defensive line, fluid forward line 4-3-3 has been the default for him this season. However, there have been times when the style, the formation, and most importantly the tactics, simply haven’t worked for Klopp, and his tactical stubbornness, and dedication to his philosophy have been an issue for Liverpool this season. Whilst Liverpool’s poor form against smaller sides in 2017 has a number …
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