Player ratings as Liverpool humiliate Barcelona

Player ratings as Liverpool humiliate Barcelona

Just had a big cry. A big massive cry. A happy cry, though. Never had that sensation before in my 20 years on this planet, not particularly shocked that it's football that finally brings it out. These Reds. This gang of lads, a bunch that simply don't know when to quit. They've taken Lionel Messi's Barcelona, hungrier than they have been in years for a Champions League title, and taken them to task in possibly the greatest night Anfield has …
Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool - Player Ratings as Reds stay alive... just!

Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool - Player Ratings as Reds stay alive... just!

Before we start this piece, I'm going to have to tender an apology in advance. If any of the writing is incoherent, blame it on Liverpool Football Club and this priceless ability it has, to ensure that fans are never able to enjoy games in peace. Well, that was massive! It had to be done somehow, and it was done, as Jurgen Klopp picked up his first win at St. James' Park in a gripping 3-2 victory for the Reds …
Player Ratings as Reds have easy night in demolishing Huddersfield

Player Ratings as Reds have easy night in demolishing Huddersfield

After the pain and agony of recent victories, where Liverpool had to wait for the goals, it was nice to have a night like that. This season has been a running demonstration of a Huddersfield squad just not good enough to cut it in the Premier League, and they were put to the sword at Anfield, as the Reds toyed with them for a 5-0 win. They were off, up and running in 16 seconds, no less, when Naby Keita …
Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds make it nine in a row

Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool: Player ratings as Reds make it nine in a row

It may not have been the most enjoyable watch, but literally all that matters in the heat of this title battle is the end result. Jurgen Klopp's ever-patient, rarely-ruffled Reds continued their delightful habit of finding a way to win ahead of a potentially decisive Manchester derby on Wednesday. It was a set-piece that provided the opener against the resolute hosts shortly before the hour mark, with Georginio Wijnaldum lashing a bouncing ball beyond Neil Etheridge. Substitute James Milner then …
Player Ratings as scratchy Reds win 4-1 to make Champions League semi

Player Ratings as scratchy Reds win 4-1 to make Champions League semi

How did that end 4-1? Well, you could argue Liverpool outclassed Porto in both penalty areas, and thoroughly deserved that result. And you'd be able to present a justifiable argument. But for large parts of that game, it just didn't look like Liverpool were going to win 4-1. Sadio Mané put the Reds on their way with a VAR-overturned goal, after the referee had initially disallowed it for offside. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk put the gloss …
Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Porto

Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Porto

A good midfield performance, no away goals conceded and one foot into the last four. Pretty much all Jurgen Klopp could have asked for as Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 in their Champions League quarter final first leg. Naby Keita opened the scoring via aid of a deflection early on before Roberto Firmino tapped in a second. Sadio Mané would’ve had a third had he not strayed narrowly offside, but two will do. Here’s your ratings. A clean sheet not minus …
Player Ratings as plucky Reds stay alive in title race: Saints 1 Liverpool 3

Player Ratings as plucky Reds stay alive in title race: Saints 1 Liverpool 3

Phew. Breathe! Liverpool didn't make it easy for themselves. They haven't in a while, have they? But at this stage of the season, what matters is the result. That final result leads 3-1 in the favour of the Reds, as they beat a brave Southampton at St. Mary's. Shane Long put Southampton in the lead, but the Reds equalised before half-time, through Naby Keita's first goal for the club. Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson scored late in the game, to …
Player Ratings as Liverpool stun Spurs late

Player Ratings as Liverpool stun Spurs late

With arguably one of Jurgen Klopp's worst performances as a Liverpool manager and one of his team's worst performances of the season, the Reds still managed to come away with all three points on Sunday afternoon. Beating Tottenham 2-1 thanks to Toby Alderweireld's late own goal, Klopp's men climb back to the top of the table for a few days at least. Here are your ratings. One king imperious, another uncomfortable Alisson (5): Looked shaky after the Fulham incident, passing …
Player Ratings as Liverpool amaze in Munich

Player Ratings as Liverpool amaze in Munich

VIRGIL VAN DIJK. THE NUMBER 69. SAY NO MORE. No, no. I promised Gags I'd have a week off from the Virgil van Sex God references, so let's talk about how good the Reds are / were / will continue to be instead. Going to the Allianz Arena and coming away with a 3-1 win despite looking in third gear all night is evidence of the unit Jurgen Klopp has put together. Oddsmakers erroneously had the Reds as 1x2 underdogs. Their …
Player ratings as Liverpool edge past Burnley

Player ratings as Liverpool edge past Burnley

I’ll be honest with you, about 10 minutes in I thought this was going to be a foul mouthed rant about officials with some ‘5/10: Didn’t do enough to break Burnley down’ for good measure. Alas, the Reds did their job and close the gap on City to one. Get past Bayern, see off Fulham and we can all go into the international break feeling a little merrier. Here’s your ratings from today’s game. Alisson Becker (6): Wasn’t troubled too much …
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