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 …
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Manchester City v Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool have back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time in 2017. If ever the Reds needed a boost in confidence ahead of a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium, the games against Arsenal and Burnley have provided just that. Pep Guardiola's side will be still nursing their wounds from Wednesday's humbling Champions League exit in Monaco. The Spaniard will no doubt be under pressure, as his first season in the English league increasingly threatens to go haywire. City are not …
New Ways To Win For Liverpool

New Ways To Win For Liverpool

There isn’t much to be said for getting old. As the years roll by certain truisms land and hit you in the solar plexus. For example, it is looking increasingly unlikely that I'll ever play centre mid for Liverpool. Oh, don’t give me that ‘if you just go to the gym a bit more and stop eating cheese’ nicety, it's just not happening. Liverpool have yet to give a debut to a 48 year old. It's time to let the dream …
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 vs Burnley Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Burnley Preview - Key Battles

Ah yes, that feeling’s back. Following the elation Liverpool provided its fans at Anfield against a top-four rival in Arsenal, the mood should be all smiles and utter confidence. So why the sense of trepidation, the caution, and the preparation for disappointment at home to a newly promoted side? Well, it’s probably to do with the fact that Liverpool managed to lose to a Swansea team that hadn’t won a game since Gangnam Style was in fashion, a Hull City …
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 …
Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Key Battles

After a humbling defeat at Leicester on Monday, Liverpool are back with a huge Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday. Arsenal are the visitors and Jurgen Klopp's men will hope that their wonderful form against the top-six this season continues. It will be a challenge though. The Reds are once again expected to be without Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren's fitness is still uncertain. The captain, in particular, was missed against Leicester, as the midfield was easily overrun by …
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 …
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