Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

Napoli 2-0 Liverpool: What went wrong?

This is the second year in succession that I'm sitting down to ponder how Liverpool were beaten at the Stadio San Paolo, but the circumstances feel different. Last season, it was more or less a case of a wretched team performance, but on the whole the Reds turned in a decent display at this time, even if their attacking bluntness returned. They only had themselves to blame in 2018, yet this time around they can legitimately feel hard done by …
Player ratings as Reds fall again in Naples

Player ratings as Reds fall again in Naples

VAR. Going great, isn’t it? I honestly didn’t think we’d do particularly well tonight but I thought we’d at least have the VAR on our side after Saturday’s debacle.  Never mind. Chelsea on Saturday etc, we move on. Just one more thing before the ratings - Peter Walton is a big weirdo.  Adriannnnn, like Rocky! Adrian (8): That’s an amazing save, you know the one I mean. Genuinely, Roy of the Rovers stuff. Does his best with the penalty.  TAA …
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Who was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Who was Man of the Match?

Another win at Anfield for the handsome Reds. Even when going a goal down I doubt any Liverpool fan was particularly concerned, 3 points was always likely to be the result. That’s 5 wins from 5 Premier League games now with a trip to Naples up next in the Champions’ League. The defence didn’t have a whole lot of defending to do. The Jetro Willems goal could have been avoided in the build-up as an offside trap seemed to go …
Observations as Liverpool brush past Newcastle

Observations as Liverpool brush past Newcastle

Liverpool maintained their perfect start to the season, making it 5 wins out of 5 as Liverpool got past a determined and compact Newcastle. Mané continued his great home scoring record and Salah's goal capped off a perfect afternoon. Subtle shifts in the team as games start to pile up Klopp before the international break had indicated that rotation will happen as Liverpool's fixtures start to pile up. Firmino and Henderson sat out of the starting line up with both …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Top the Toon

Player Ratings as Liverpool Top the Toon

A lovely, routine(ish) win for the Reds to start your weekend off. Slightly annoying that everyone's favourite FIFA 12 left-back decided to blam one in with his weak foot before we'd played 10 minutes, but at least it gave Steve Bruce something other than his evening Mixed Grill to be happy about. After that, Sadio does what he's done all year, Salah bags one too and Jurgen Klopp goes home a content man. Here's your ratings. Adrian keeps his cool …
Player Ratings as Liverpool Sweep Burnley Aside

Player Ratings as Liverpool Sweep Burnley Aside

An exceedingly comfortable 3-0 victory against the most abhorrent club in the Premier League. They tried their usual dirty, boring tactics but were made to look like a bunch of part-timers by the Europeans Champions. A thoroughly satisfying win as we head into the international break. Adrian: 6 Had very little to do. Easy game for the Spaniard.  Trent: 7 Created the Wood own-goal and dealt with what little attacking intent Burnley showed down his side throughout the game.  Matip: …
Key Stats as Liverpool maintain peerless perfection

Key Stats as Liverpool maintain peerless perfection

Liverpool are the only Premier League side who can still boast a 100% Premier League record after Mohamed Salah powered them past Arsenal. As many expected, the Reds' attacking quality proved overwhelming for the visitors, with the only blot on the copybook a late consolation from Lucas Torreira. Here are the key stats from our first PL big-six encounter of the season. History-makers There's only one place to start, and that's with Liverpool's longest-ever Premier League winning streak. They've won …
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Who was Man of the Match?

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Who was Man of the Match?

A pretty comfortable 3-1 victory over Arsenal. A result we’ve come to expect over the last few years at Anfield against the Gunners. There were some impressive performances all over the pitch for the Reds as we go top of the table with the only 100% record in the Premier League. Starting at the back, Trent Alexander-Arnold looked pretty good both defensively and offensively. His crosses weren’t quite at the incredible standard we know he’s capable of, but he provided …
Rampant Reds Run Over Arsenal

Rampant Reds Run Over Arsenal

A clash between the Premier League’s remaining unbeaten teams turned into a one-sided affair with Liverpool taking all the spoils in comfortable fashion. From the onset, Arsenal clearly set out to avoid the recent beatings they have suffered at Anfield by sitting back on defence. They were happy to soak up pressure without giving Liverpool’s leading lights much room to operate or cause problems. This led to several crosses sent in from the flanks, with Andrew Robertson sliding in several …
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal - Player Ratings as Reds stroll past Gunners

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal - Player Ratings as Reds stroll past Gunners

Liverpool made it three wins out of three to start the Premier League season, with a superb 3-1 win at Anfield, on an evening when the Reds were dominant for large parts of the game. After a first half that Jurgen Klopp's side controlled, Joel Matip gave them the lead with a superb header off a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner. Mo Salah scored an early second-half brace to put the game beyond Arsenal, even as Lucas Torreira grabbed the Gunners a …
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