Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

On a night where the eyes of many Reds fans understandably drifted onto the remarkable events at the Etihad Stadium, proceedings at the Estadio do Dragao were rather predictable. Porto, buoyed by their fervent support, flew out of the blocks and made the Reds sweat with a mass of half-chances. But once Jurgen Klopp's side rode out the tense opening 20 minutes, things calmed down. The visitors clinically dispatched their chances when they came, coasting to a comfortable victory and …
Man of the Match as Liverpool dispatch Chelsea 2-0

Man of the Match as Liverpool dispatch Chelsea 2-0

As Jordan Henderson moves seamlessly from defensive midfield to a more advanced role, I look to do similar by taking up the 'Man of the Match' element of this week's post-match work, rotating my 'Virgil Van Dijk (8): What a lovely beard he has' player rating duties to the lovely Aaditya Narayan. And what a game to pick just one player from! The Reds fight another day in the title race with a 2-0 win over Chelsea, quickfire second-half strikes …
Liverpool 2 Porto 0 - Man Of The Match: Say Hello To My Little Friend

Liverpool 2 Porto 0 - Man Of The Match: Say Hello To My Little Friend

Jurgen Klopp is bringing out a secret weapon at the business end of the season that every opposing manager sorta knew that he had, but he wasn’t using it, so maybe there was a problem with it… who knows. Point is, Southampton and Porto walk in the door and Klopp says, “say hello to my little friend!” The little friend being one, Naby Keita, who is literally quite small, but he is capable of mowing down the opposition like Tony …
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Southampton 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

It was unconvincing, it was last-ditch, it was downright exhausting, but crucially for Liverpool, it was victory. They are back on top of the Premier League with their rivals' fixtures about to get significantly tougher. The performance, it has to be said, wasn't good. But Liverpool won this game thanks to a big call from their manager and a big moment from a big player. The Reds seem to be in a 'win by whatever means necessary mode', and so …
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Who was Man of the Match as Reds stayed alive in title race?

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Who was Man of the Match as Reds stayed alive in title race?

And, breathe! How did Liverpool win that one? Why did Liverpool win that one? Ah no, we're not going to go there. By hook or by crook, Liverpool won! They beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield to keep themselves firmly lodged in the Premier League title race, and putting the ball in the Manchester City court, ahead of their game against Cardiff City in midweek. How they did it, no one knows. The start was superb, it was controlled, it …
Bayern 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Bayern 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool fans can dare to dream of a double after watching their team ruthlessly dispatch Bayern Munich and march into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Though the Reds were disjointed at times, a combination of quality and killer instinct was enough to secure one of their most impressive victories of the season. Bayern, who almost always figure in this last four of the competition, were rebuffed with relative ease. After failing to muster a single shot in the target …
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 …
Who was Man of the Match in mad Anfield win over Palace?

Who was Man of the Match in mad Anfield win over Palace?

What can you say after a win like that? No, really, why did it have to go back to Liverpool giving heart attacks again? It was all going along smoothly; managing games, keeping clean sheets, winning serenely. Why revert to old Liverpool? Well, it was a one-off. That's for certain, at least based on the days available at hand. Crystal Palace's xG from the game stood at 1.0, and they really didn't have what you'd call big Chandra to score …
Wolves 0-2 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Wolves 0-2 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

With each game that passes, this Liverpool team look increasingly like potential champions. They were well below par at times against a Wolves side which has taken points off four of the Premier League's 'big six', but still they ran out victorious with relative ease. The Reds wobbled after Mohamed Salah's deft opener, repeatedly conceding possession in dangerous areas and gifting their opponent's chances. The sound of the half-time whistle was a relief. They then raised their game in the …
Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff: Who was man of the match?

Liverpool are top of the Premier League after a late spell of ruthless brilliance shattered Cardiff's hopes of stealing a point at Anfield. The Reds' dominance levels in the first half were nigh-on historic as they enjoyed around 85% of the ball but, while there was some neat interplay, Mohamed Salah's opener proved the only shot on target in the first 45. It was a scrappy, frustrating start to the 2nd half, but a moment of pure quality Sadio Mané …
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