Player Ratings as Reds pull off massive 2-0 win over Chelsea

Player Ratings as Reds pull off massive 2-0 win over Chelsea

What a massive win! Liverpool were definitely the better side as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane opened the scoring, before Mohamed Salah thundered in a long-ranger at the Kop End to double the lead. The Reds had a few nervy moments after being two goals up, when Eden Hazard hit the post once, and forced a save off Alisson, but post that, there were no worries for the Reds. Here's how each player fared. Alisson Becker - …
Fear in the Presence of Success

Fear in the Presence of Success

Like it or not, fear, in many forms, has been riddled throughout the supporter ranks since January. Looking at a Premier League title and a Champions League trophy hanging in the balance of the next two months, understandably so. What's needed instead, however, is an emotion that seems to be lacking in most corners of the internet at the moment. Calm. This isn’t an article about heavy statistics like expected goals or Premier League schedule analysis. Instead, a plea: let’s breathe …
Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Who was man of the match?

It may not have been another great European night Anfield, but it's hard for Liverpool fans to be too disappointed with a goalless draw against a Bayern Munich side who issued a reminder of their class. Aside from a rather frantic ten-minute spell just before the break, the Reds struggled to fashion out many openings against their cautious and regimented opponents, who executed their game-plan well. Importantly, though, there were relatively few nervous moments at the other end, even with …
From a Weakness to a Strength: How Liverpool Finally Solved Their Left-Back Problem

From a Weakness to a Strength: How Liverpool Finally Solved Their Left-Back Problem

Liverpool have had their fair share of dross players over the years: Antonio Nunez, Christian Poulsen and Milan Jovanovic roll straight off the tongue, for example. Indeed, the last few years have produced some teams with a dearth of star quality, culminating in frustrating league finishes and forgettable campaigns. The left-back role arguably provides the perfect summation of those times. No matter the progression or trajectory of the club, the long-term image of the manager or the changing dynamics of …
Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Grinding out a win when not at your best is a mark of champions, according to the old footballing axiom. Brighton made life difficult for Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, but when the Reds found the breakthrough their game-management was superb. It was a pedestrian first-half performance for the visitors, who predictably encountered a compact and deep-lying Brighton backline. The only real moments of excitement were a near-miss from a sliding Roberto Firmino and a header which Xherdan Shaqiri planted narrowly …
Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Who Was Man Of The Match?

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United: Who Was Man Of The Match?

The Liverpool of old may well have been held to an agonising draw after being pegged back in such disheartening circumstances, but this side were in no mood to hand Manchester United a point they simply didn't deserve. Liverpool had raced out of the blocks and had Mourinho's men on the ropes. Sadio Mane's delightful opener threatened to open the floodgates before an Alisson error, depressing predictable after a week of the highest praise, gifted the visitors a leveller. Thereafter, …
Liverpool’s Defence is Great – Until We Get Some Injuries

Liverpool’s Defence is Great – Until We Get Some Injuries

It’s been a pretty good start to the season for Liverpool Football Club, all things considered. The Reds currently sit as outright leaders at the top of the Premier League, they remain unbeaten and they have just secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League despite an overwhelming amount of pressure being placed on their decisive group stage match against Napoli. And to top it all off, Jürgen Klopp seems to have answered his last critics by steadying …
Patience - Naby Keita Will Be Worth The Wait

Patience - Naby Keita Will Be Worth The Wait

Twice in two pre-match interviews, Jürgen Klopp spoke about Naby Keita and reinforced the idea that he sees Keita as a long-term project, and a player who has a fantastic future at Liverpool. The positive side of that is, of course, Klopp remains invested in Keita as a player – which is to be expected given how long he spent chasing the player and how much money was spent on him. The negative side of that is of course that …
Liverpool Player Ratings As They Fly Past Fulham

Liverpool Player Ratings As They Fly Past Fulham

Bar a blistering performance that led to taking Fulham apart 9-0, that was pretty much what Liverpool needed. Much more coherent than midweek, three points and a clean sheet. Mohamed Salah's breakaway goal set the Reds on their way, Xherdan Shaqiri's second-half strike completing a 2-0 win over the Cottagers. Here are your ratings. Alisson throws his cap on it... Alisson (10): What a man. Comes into the Premier League with that magnificent beard, completely owns the yellow goalie kit and …
Adios, Mi Amigo - Almost Time To Say Goodbye to Alberto Moreno

Adios, Mi Amigo - Almost Time To Say Goodbye to Alberto Moreno

The international break is typically a time for everyone to take a break and recharge the batteries during a long season. The most you can usually hope for during the week off is having all your players return healthy (which rarely happens for Liverpool) and avoiding any bad news. Yet, a piece of Liverpool transfer news dropped on Monday when it was reported that Alberto Moreno would not be getting a new contract with Liverpool and would be allowed to …
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