Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - The Man Of The Match

Liverpool 3 - 1 Manchester City - The Man Of The Match

Thiago Alcantara One of the best midfielders to ever grace the game, and he was on another level once again yesterday. His control of tempo and space is unparalleled, with everyone now willing to work to his pace. When the game required possession, Thiago reacted. When the game required a game-breaking pass, Thiago reacted. His decision making is beyond anyone else’s, and it must be a delight to be an attacker and see Alcantara on the ball. Off the ball …
Joe Gomez & The Bigger Picture

Joe Gomez & The Bigger Picture

I recall the summer that Liverpool signed the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing & Charlie Adam, they were also heavily linked with Blackburn Rovers starlet, Phil Jones. Jones would have been 18 years old back then, and I still recall the huge hype surrounding his massive potential. Back then, John Terry was probably the most well known English defender, and in the midst of a hugely successful Chelsea career. Jones was a dominant, imposing and talented central defender that …
Southampton 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Southampton 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.0 Could do nothing for the opening goal, given the deflection. The first half was pretty routine from there. Did everything correct through a nervy last few minutes. Joe Gomez - 6.5 So disappointing to see this young man injured, again. Was lively and unlucky for the goal. Was part of the equaliser. Subbed - 45 mins Kostas Tsimikas - 7.5 Gave good width, as Liverpool dominated the first half.His second half corner brought about Liverpools second …
Observations: Liverpool grind past Southampton

Observations: Liverpool grind past Southampton

It's never easy these days is it? Seems as though every single match some random slice of misfortune strikes to put Liverpool on the back foot. In this game it was a freakish deflection looping past Alisson after one of the most blatant fouls you'll ever see wasn't given at the other end of the pitch. The Reds overcame the deficit to win 2-1 courtesy of goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip, but it should never have gotten to …
Observations: Heroes and Villans

Observations: Heroes and Villans

Liverpool made it through a very chaotic game to manage a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa, but it was far from easy. This was incredibly stressful watching, and it started right from the off. Jurgen Klopp will be very irritated by the manner in which the game began, however, as the Reds conceded after just 3 minutes. In the build-up to the goal, Ollie Watkins was clearly offside, but the assistant didn't flag it and play continued. About a minute …
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.0 A frenetic start saw Liverpool go behind, and Ali could probably have done little more to stop it. Nearly gifted an open goal, with an amazing pass into Watkins early on. Had little else to do in the second half as the Reds controlled, but was alert to stop Ings late on. Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7.0 Showed good defensive awareness, as Villa looked to exploit the wide areas. His dangerous delivery started to explore the Villa …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - Man Of The Match

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - Man Of The Match

Joel Matip Virgil, Fabinho and Alisson all could have won this, which showed the utter strength through the defensive middle. In a game where Martinelli was so dangerous, Matip was able to offer great coverage when they broke. Was dominating aerially throughout, assured in possession, and carried the ball forward with his usual threat. A great season, and a brilliant partner for Virgil. When moments arose, he was able to stay resolute and helps make this team so hard to …
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 …
Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 A nice solid, and uneventful game for Ali. A great stop towards the end showed his supreme ability to stay focused. Got clattered, but still was great with the ball at his feet and commanded his area. Had a busy last few moments, and the collision probably made him even more determined to keep that clean sheet. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 Starting to become bullish and dominant in his defensive work, and clearly, there’s a …
Liverpool 0 - 1 Inter Milan - Match Report

Liverpool 0 - 1 Inter Milan - Match Report

Liverpool 0 - 1 Inter Milan - Match Report The first half was a game of frustration for both sides, with neither giving much away through the opening period. Both Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk could have scored from tremendous Trent deliveries, and Alisson was alert enough to parry away a good cross come shot from Hakan Çalhanoğlu. These great teams appeared intent on cancelling each other out, which of course suited the reds far more. The second half …
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