Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defensive Deja Vu for Liverpool

Defeat to Hull City meant Liverpool's disastrous start to 2017 continued. Jurgen Klopp's men have won just one of their 10 matches since the turn of the year and this run has seen relegation battlers Hull and Swansea pick up maximum points against them as well as having their FA Cup run brought to a premature end at the hands of Wolves, at Anfield. Fingers are being pointed and scapegoats are being identified. Emre Can isn't good enough to start. Dejan …
Liverpool lack imagination to overcome Hull City

Liverpool lack imagination to overcome Hull City

It is fair to say that Liverpool have been a disappointment at the start of 2017. They have been knocked out of both domestic cups with losses to Wolves in the FA Cup and Southampton in the EFL Cup. Along with the poor form in the cup Liverpool have yet to win a league match this year with draws against Manchester United, Sunderland and Chelsea and a loss to Swansea City. Prior to the turn of the year there was …
Hull 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

Hull 2 Liverpool 0: Player Ratings

All of us hoped that February would be better than January. But there seems no redemption for this Liverpool team as they suffered yet another defeat, another goal from a set-piece, and another goal from a route one counter-attack. This is the worst beginning to a calendar year by Liverpool since 1954. This is how the dismal Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (4.5) - A keeper's main duty is to catch the ball. Mignolet failed in his basic duty. Was brave …
Hull City vs Liverpool Preview: Silva Looking to Outdo Reds

Hull City vs Liverpool Preview: Silva Looking to Outdo Reds

It's a new month and a fresh set of fixtures for Liverpool as they face Hull City on Saturday afternoon, as the Reds bid to put a disappointing January behind them. THE DETAILS Match: Hull City vs Liverpool Venue: KCOM Stadium Referee: Lee Mason Date: Saturday 4th February Time: 15:00 BST FORM Liverpool remain in the top four despite their poor January, one in which the Reds took just three points from four Premier League games. The winless run started at Sunderland, a 2-2 …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

Observations from Liverpool's draw against Chelsea

"Encouraging" That's one way to describe the performance in the second-half tonight against Chelsea. It wasn't the swash-buckling, all action, interchangeable attack we'd become accustomed to earlier on in the season but there were signs it was awakening from a winter slumber. There was movement, incisive passing and an attacking edge that we'd been lacking in recent weeks and it was good to see. We made Chelsea, the runaway league leaders, look average. That, in itself, is quite the feat. …
Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview: Final chance to turn January around

Liverpool vs Chelsea Preview: Final chance to turn January around

Liverpool will look to arrest an alarming slide in form when they host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night. After a nightmare week, and a poor January overall, the Reds have one last chance to turn things around before February, but face an almighty task under the lights. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Chelsea Venue: Anfield Referee: Mark Clattenburg Date: Tuesday 31st January Time: 20:00 BST FORM Liverpool's performances and results since the turn of the year have …
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 …
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 …
Observations from Liverpool's draw against United

Observations from Liverpool's draw against United

A draw at Old Trafford against a United side on a nine-match winning streak is never a bad thing, but I don't half feel cheated and I'm not sure whether it's a well-earned point or two dropped. Jurgen Klopp switched it up a bit and once again showed why he's one of the best tactical coaches around. The Reds went with a diamond shape and looked to clog up the pitch centrally. To an extent it worked. Beforehand many fans …
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