Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United - Player Ratings

Liverpool 2-0 Leeds United - Player Ratings

On a night when Leeds United and Garry Monk did their growing reputation no harm, Liverpool booked a spot in the semi-final with a 2-0 win. Divock Origi opened the scoring, poking in a stunning cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but the story of the night is undoubtedly Ben Woodburn becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer, in only his second senior appearance. Here's how the Reds fared in a potential banana-skin at Anfield. Simon Mignolet - 6 He made a very …
Jurgen's Plan B Sticking To Plan A

Jurgen's Plan B Sticking To Plan A

Disclaimer- Despite the positive performance and result using our second string side against Spurs last Tuesday, I am aware that we did beat a Spurs reserve team who have an eye and a half on the Champions League and these boys will face up to tougher opponents. During Mauricio Pochettinos post-match press conference after Liverpool's EFL win over Spurs, the Spurs coach stated that Liverpool boasts one of, if not the best, squads in the League after the Liverpool reserves defeated …
Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Spurs 1 - Player Ratings

The last cup-tie we had, the player ratings piece here was different. Tonight, Sam McGuire is not on duty, and I am going to leave the novelties to him. In truth, it was a stunning game at Anfield. The fringe players responded to Jurgen Klopp's decision to put his faith in them by turning in a complete performance against a Spurs side who had also made similar changes for the game. Two Daniel Sturridge goals meant that Liverpool now only have …
Liverpool 4 Leicester City 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool 4 Leicester City 1: Player Ratings

Liverpool put on a great show worthy of the occasion, marking the return to Anfield after four months with four goals. There were excellent performances across the field. Let us see how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - A mixed first half from Mignolet who made a hash of an attempt to get to the ball but was left in no man's land, but luckily was spared his blushes. The second half started in a similar manner, with his attempt to punch …
Tactical Analysis - Is Kev Stewart Playing His Way Into the First Team Squad?

Tactical Analysis - Is Kev Stewart Playing His Way Into the First Team Squad?

It was a Jekyll and Hyde weekend for Liverpool fans as the Reds rounded off their pre-season in bizarre fashion. An emphatic 4-0 victory at Wembley against Barcelona was followed up with a 4-0 loss against Mainz in Germany. Defeat against Klopp's old club pissed on our bonfire. Yes it's only pre-season and results aren't the be all but it's difficult to rave about the performance against Barcelona without at least acknowledging the 4-0 humbling. There has been a lot of …
Kevin Stewart: Midfield Destroyer?

Kevin Stewart: Midfield Destroyer?

For months now, perhaps even years, we analyse our team’s strength and weaknesses and form an opinion on what type of player we should target in the upcoming transfer window to bolster our squad, and there was always a constant figure in the equation, a defensive midfielder. Someone who is just a mad bastard in that midfield area, whose main responsibility is to protect the defensive line, making tackle after tackle, covering full-backs who push further up the field or any …
Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Emre Can, a risk worth taking?

Less than a month ago, Liverpool had beaten Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in one of the most spectacular games in recent memory. Subsequently, Liverpool became favourites to win the Europa League and secure a Champions League spot, under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp. The following two league victories, against Bournemouth and Everton, led many to believe that Liverpool would coast their way through the remaining league games and Europa League semi-final matches without the injured Emre Can; but horrorshow displays against …
Kevin Stewart: Keep as a Squad Player or Jettison?

Kevin Stewart: Keep as a Squad Player or Jettison?

Kevin Stewart finally made his return to the Liverpool first team this weekend after suffering ankle ligament damage in February just as it looked like he was becoming a decent squad player. Stewart is one of a number of players that have seen their opportunities broadened by the arrival of Jürgen Klopp. Youngsters such as Cameron Brannagan, Sheyi Ojo and Divock Origi have all found first team football a more frequent friend in recent months and each is showing great …
Illustrating Liverpool's Pressing vs Stoke City

Illustrating Liverpool's Pressing vs Stoke City

Stewart and Smith - The Alternative SAS Liverpool Need

Stewart and Smith - The Alternative SAS Liverpool Need

I don’t think it would be unfair to say that it’s been a strange old season so far. For want of a better analogy, it has been a genuine rollercoaster ride, with high points quickly hitting the lows before zipping up back to the peaks again. It’s one of those years where anything can happen, I suppose that even translates across the top division as a whole, but as a Liverpool fan it resonates clear and true. One of the …
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