Liverpool 1-0 West Ham: Player Ratings as Reds hang on for crucial win

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham: Player Ratings as Reds hang on for crucial win

It wasn't pretty, it wasn't vintage Jurgen Klopp Liverpool, but it got the job done. Sadio Mane's first-half goal gave the Reds a 1-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield. The Reds' goal lived a charmed life, as Pablo Fornals and particularly Manuel Lanzini missed gilt-edged chances to score for the Hammers. However, Liverpool somehow survived to keep the pressure on Man City in the title race, with the Reds just three points behind their rivals now. Here's how …
Player Ratings as Reds are crowned League Cup Champions

Player Ratings as Reds are crowned League Cup Champions

We all need to catch our breaths after that Carabao Cup final. After an absolutely amazing 120 minutes ended 0-0, Kepa Arrizabalaga blazed the 22nd penalty of an incredible shootout over the bar, to give Jurgen Klopp his first domestic cup as manager of Liverpool. It was an even game throughout with both goalkeepers excelling in regulation time, and in extra time. It was scarcely believable that 120 minutes couldn't produce a goal. What followed was also scarcely believable penalty …
What is Jordan Henderson's best position for Liverpool?

What is Jordan Henderson's best position for Liverpool?

It feels as though we have this conversation every other year. Jordan Henderson will play a different role and there will be a big debate with regards to whether the new position is actually the best one for him moving forward.  There will then be a fair bit of revisionism as people highlight their opinions from a few years back as if to say told you so.  We’re seeing it now. He came off of the bench against Inter to …
Liverpool 6 - 0 Leeds - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 6 - 0 Leeds - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 6 - 0 Leeds - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 His last start before he makes way for the final, and was a spectator in this one as he will be on Sunday. Continued to watch the game, as nothing much came into the reds half. Trent Alexander Arnold - 8.5 Back into the team, the playmaker wide man was a welcome starter again. His first half interchanging with Mo was a delight, with his ability to …
Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Inter Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 The worlds finest stopper, but it was the bar that saved him on 17 mins. A busy second half for his defensive line, and command led when needed. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 The assist machine nearly added to that tally on 14 mins, with a brilliant free kick. A good effort on 28 mins went just wide, as he started to grow into the game. …
Under Pressure: Fabiago, Perfect Pressing & Aggressive Defensive Lines

Under Pressure: Fabiago, Perfect Pressing & Aggressive Defensive Lines

After a busy week where the Reds faced Rodgers' Leicester City side at Anfield, and travelled to Burnley to face the team propping up the Premier League, it meant a double header Under Pressure podcast. Gags returned to host and was joined by Dan Kennett, Dan Rhodes and Phil Barter. In a bumper edition there was plenty of detailed statistical analysis including the performance when Thiago and Fabinho start, the brilliant pressing versus the Foxes and the number of offsides …
The Henderson Dilemma

The Henderson Dilemma

There was much annoyance in not replacing of Gini Wijnaldum this past summer. Yet as the season enters its final few months, the main worry is that of Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson. In a season where emerging midfield talents have come to the fore, there seems to be a dilemma heading towards Jordan Henderson‘s Liverpool career. At 36 years old, James Milner is quite understandably dropping down the Anfield pecking order. At 31 years old, Jordan Henderson is now past …
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool: Player ratings from a stereotypical Turf Moor triumph

Burnley 0-1 Liverpool: Player ratings from a stereotypical Turf Moor triumph

Torrential rain, galeforce wind - the conditions and the arena almost demanded an ugly win, and that's what Liverpool provided. Fabinho Nazario bundled in from a corner shortly before half-time and it proved to be the winner, securing three points that keep the Reds' title hopes alive. Burnley may be bottom of the Premier League but coming into this game, they'd only suffered eight defeats - as many as fourth-place West Ham - and conceded 29 goals, fewer than Manchester …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Leicester - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Leicester - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 Back after international duty, and a good stop early on from Maddison. Was fairly routine after that till the break. Rarely called into action in the second break, but was in command throughout. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 A little loose with a pass early on presented a chance for Maddison, but recovered to sting the keepers hand with a smart left footed shot. A nice corner to find Virgil created the first goal, as frustration …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher - 7.0 A good first half, with lots of possession against Arsenals press. Solid composure under pressure, and another good outing. Trent Alexander Arnold - 9.0 A great moment for the opening goal, and the playmaker is looking imperious on the ball. Gave good solidity at the back, and tracked runners well. Kept sliding into a central areas to create on the ball brilliance. The pass for the second goal was sensational. Andy Robertson - 7.5 Limited on …
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