Analysing Liverpool's Season Player By Player

Analysing Liverpool's Season Player By Player

And breathe... A confident and composed 3-0 victory at home to Middlesbrough confirmed Liverpool's spot in the top-four. A clear sign of progression for Jurgen Klopp's first full season in charge at the club, and a platform from which summer transfer dealings will likely stem. With the season now drawn to a close, it's time to take a look at Liverpool's players and assess their campaigns as a whole. Goalkeepers Simon Mignolet – 7 Mignolet has gone from strength to …
Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough: Player Ratings

Get in! That's it Reds, into the Champions League and all the relief that comes with that statement. It was nervy for a while until Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum combined for a goal. Coutinho and Lallana added more in the second-half to secure a superb end to the season. Here's how everyone fared individually. Simon Mignolet - 6 - Didn't have much in the way of shots but takes a solid six after another excellent performance when it came …
What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

What I've Learned About Liverpool FC This Season

Once again, I’ve found myself schooled in football fandom over the last nine months. Some lessons I’ve been educated in for the first time, others I’ve shamefully realised should have been taken on board many years ago. That shame stemmed from the age-old occurrence of once again counting my chickens before the eggs were even laid. I got carried away, sucked in by the gathering speed of that train called ‘Momentum’. Yes, at Christmas I allowed myself to believe that …
Klopp's Tactical Ineptitude Costs Liverpool

Klopp's Tactical Ineptitude Costs Liverpool

Liverpool were presented with the opportunity to consolidate their stranglehold on top 4 when Southampton came to Anfield - a win would've taken the Reds ahead of Manchester City in 3rd, but instead Liverpool produced a dire performance which saw a blow in their hopes for Champions League football next term. Before kick off, a lot of supporters were saying how a win here would be a huge statement of intent as it would be a mental and tactical block …
Watford 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Watford 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Yes! The Reds never do things the easy way but a belter from Emre Can secured all three points for Liverpool against Watford. Let's take a closer look at the individual performances, rating each player out of 10 for how they got on. Simon Mignolet - 7 - Not much in terms of shots on target for the 'keeper but solid again with crosses into the box, an area in which he's improved heavily in recent months. Distribution a little …
Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

Assessing Klopp's Tactical Options for Watford

After yet another home loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, that's the Eagles' third win in as many visits to Anfield, and the Reds' chances of top 4 are hanging in the balance. As a result, Liverpool's trip to Vicarage Road on Monday night becomes all the more important. Despite winning the previous two away games at Stoke and West Brom, this Liverpool side has looked far from their fluid best and are still struggling to find the solution …
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 …
Alberto Moreno and the Left Foot Shank Redemption

Alberto Moreno and the Left Foot Shank Redemption

The last five minutes of Liverpool’s encounter with West Brom may well have been the strangest of our season. I’ve never been a fan of sending goalkeepers up in the dying seconds of the game – not because I’m against fun or anything like that, but because it hardly ever works. People may remember Jimmy Glass and his incredible goal to keep Carlisle United in the Football League back in 1999, but it’s not easy to think of a second …
Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

Observations from Liverpool's 1-0 win over West Brom

The end is near, isn't it? Liverpool were barely troubled by any West Bromwich Albion set-piece. Liverpool scored off a set-piece against West Brom. But, the bigger picture is crucial. It was another massive win for the Reds in the race for the top four, as they eked out a 1-0 victory. This was the first time that Liverpool had won at The Hawthorns in ages. Here are the main talking points from the game, as Liverpool went back up …
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