Footballs Of Steel

Footballs Of Steel

The past weekend saw a remarkable run of results continue, as Liverpool saw off Newcastle at St James' Park. The Reds are in the midst of a battle across three remaining fronts, with Villarreal dispatched after a minor scare in midweek. Earlier in the year I wrote a piece named ‘Rotation, Rotation, Rotation’, as the Reds continued to smartly use the depth of their squad. It’s always been a tricky subject for clubs that partake in rotation, as the squads' …
Newcastle 0 - 1 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Newcastle 0 - 1 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 The nervy situations were inevitable, but this man dealt with such moments like the worlds greatest keeper should. The chances for Newcastle were limited, but everything was smothered by the giant Brazilian. Joe Gomez - 8.5 Effort and tenacity in abundance. He was up and down the line constantly, and looks like the relative freedom is being basked in. The odd cross field ball was on point, and the crossing was pretty good too. The defensive …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Villarreal - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Villarreal - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 The monster keeper was a certain starter, but he was a virtual spectator through the first half. Concentration (and whether to grab a snack from the crowd) was all he had to do, before a poor Villarreal corner on 73 minutes. Trent Alexander-Arnold - 9.0 After a tricky derby, he was tasked with showing more composure. He seemed keen to show strength in defense from the off, and he really started to purr as the half …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - Man Of The Match

Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - Man Of The Match

Andy Robertson Maybe the best period of form of his Liverpool career. His determination in clear, his goal to drag the reds to a quadruple unwavering. The opening goal was such a relief, and just isn’t something left backs do. This left back however, is a ferocious player that isn’t accepting dropped points and the header was sensational. His delivery and aggression was good, and his ability to drive up and down the line is quite breathtaking. The world's best …
Observations: Siege Warfare

Observations: Siege Warfare

Divock Origi absolutely loves playing Everton. I'm sure you'll hear that in every article about this game, but it's worth saying anyway. There is no-one better at coming up with the goods at the perfect moment, in the hour of direst need. It seems very likely that Origi will be leaving Liverpool at the end of this season, but if that is to be the case, what a way to say goodbye. Liverpool beat Everton by 2 goals to 0 …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Everton - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 As solid as he needed to be, without much to actually do. Nice antics at the end, and never really looked overly fazed by the odd Everton half chance. Trent Alexander-Arnold 6.5 Seemed run by emotion, and caught in too many half spaces that allowed the Ev that odd break. Was tough and problematic to break them down, and he looked rushed and angry when control was needed. He’s still 23 and world class, and these …
Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 A relative spectator in the first half, with only a couple of minor chances created. Was a lot busier after the break, as the home sides ramped up their efforts. Could do nothing for the goal conceded, and was assured as Liverpool weathered the storm. Trent Alexander-Arnold 7.5 Looked confident from the off, with a willingness to show strength at both ends of the field. 34 minutes …
Observations: The Reds, like a boulder rolling down a hill.

Observations: The Reds, like a boulder rolling down a hill.

Against Arsenal, Liverpool had one of their slowest first halves of the season. It seemed like the Gunners had a real foothold in the game, and although they didn't create much, neither did Liverpool. But we will not be stopped. No matter what you throw at these boys, they'll plant their feet, grit their teeth, and walk on. It was another superb line-up today, as we are slowly getting used to having week in and week out. Even the sight …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 8.5 A pretty routine first half for the giant Brazilian, with possession of the ball more apparent than anything else. Made a great stop early in the second half as the game opened up. Didn’t have much to do after that, but his moments were once again critical. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.0 Martinelli certainly gave him worrying moments in the first half, with his smart movement. A …
Key Stats as Liverpool cruise past Brighton

Key Stats as Liverpool cruise past Brighton

Liverpool didn't have too much trouble at the Amex Stadium as they earned a comfortable 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Luis Diaz and Mo Salah. But what were the key stats as they got back to 3 points of Manchester City, at least until Monday. An easy victory https://twitter.com/TheAthleticUK/status/1502643899273203718?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet This wasn't a difficult day for Liverpool, and displayed how they can win in different ways. Brighton actually had 52% possession, only the third time that a team has had …
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