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. Into the Champions League quarter finals with a …
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 …
Player Ratings as Klopp keeps his balls off the table

Player Ratings as Klopp keeps his balls off the table

Training's cancelled on Tuesday, sorry lads. Klopp's got to go and attend a maths lesson, in order to learn that 1 win and 1 loss = 3 points, whereas 2 draws = 2 points. Honestly, I understand the conservatism to an extent but we had Everton. We had them. Forget the second half for a moment, in the first 45 we had two or three excellent chances, they didn't have a shot on target. They were bullied, pegged back and …
Player ratings as Reds rout Watford

Player ratings as Reds rout Watford

That was alright, wasn't it? Manchester City can take their dodgy penalty, 1-0 win. I'll have five fabulous goals served up by those beautiful men in red, keeping us top of the table and dreaming for a few more days at least. Everton at Goodison on Sunday will offer more of a challenge, however that is tomorrow's focus. Tonight, sleep easy thinking about that league table. Hat-trick for TAA Alisson Becker (7): Another clean sheet, is it? 3-0 up and he …
Player Ratings as injuries dominate proceedings at Old Trafford

Player Ratings as injuries dominate proceedings at Old Trafford

That was absolutely rubbish. Up there with the most tedious of Liverpool display's I've seen in years. Yes, fair enough, we may end up looking back at Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool and hailing it as a 'good point', but in the context of the 90 minutes it was turgid. United forced into more tactical reshuffles via injuries (3) than the Reds had shots on target (1). A performance devoid of inspiration, creativity and most importantly, goals. Here's your ratings. Forgive …
Player Ratings as Bayern hold off Reds at Anfield

Player Ratings as Bayern hold off Reds at Anfield

What are we all making of that, then? I'm quite satisfied with the result. Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich and all the Reds must do now is score and avoid defeat at the Allianz Arena. Given Bayern's home record that does seem a mission. However, there was enough to see tonight that suggests Liverpool can fancy their chances. With Virgil van Dijk back we'll hopefully see an improved Andy Robertson (there's a clue about his rating), whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold will be …
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