Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Sunderland 2 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

Two games within 48 hours was always going to be a mighty ask, and at the end the exertions showed as Liverpool dropped two points on the road at Sunderland. This is how the Reds fared. Simon Mignolet (6.5) - Had a busier first-half than he would have liked. Made a couple of big saves, especially a one-on-one against Defoe to ensure Liverpool still stayed level on the scoreboard. He could not have done much for either of the penalties. …
Sunderland vs Liverpool Preview: Rotation the name of the game

Sunderland vs Liverpool Preview: Rotation the name of the game

Jürgen Klopp leads his Liverpool side into their third fixture in seven days on Monday, as Liverpool visit Sunderland looking to keep up the pace with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table. THE DETAILS Match: Sunderland vs Liverpool Venue: Stadium of Light Date: Monday 2nd January Time: 15:00 BST FORM Liverpool's good form continued with a superb defensive display, winning 1-0 against Manchester City on New Years Eve. That result left the Reds in second position in the Premier League …
Liverpool Now Have Little Room For Error In Title Race

Liverpool Now Have Little Room For Error In Title Race

Jurgen Klopp has made a point of stressing that Premier League titles are not won or lost in December. So much of what the German says hits the nail on the head more than most managers in world football, but he is only half right here. The 49-year-old is spot on about the league being impossible to clinch around the Christmas period, barring some kind of freak season, in which a team pulls 20 points clear. That has never happened …
A Clamorous Anfield?

A Clamorous Anfield?

At about the 62nd minute of the recent Liverpool-Sunderland match at Anfield, an animated (and arguably agitated) Jurgen Klopp turned to the Liverpool faithful in the stands and seemingly chided them for not the lackluster support, and yet rallied them to get behind the players as they hounded and attached the fortified Sunderland banks of defenders in search of the yet elusive breakthrough goal. By some accounts, it was Klopp’s astuteness about the need to have the Anfield crowd more …
Divock Origi - Taking Chances

Divock Origi - Taking Chances

From groans of displeasure to the Kop’s thunderous chorus. “Divock Origi” they chanted, moments after the 21-year old Belgian dashed towards the waiting Liverpool collective, all holding their hands out as if to embrace the man who’d finally undone the frustration. He slid; elegant and impassioned, majestic and manic, as Anfield lit up in celebration. Minutes prior, the noise levels around Anfield were reverberating very differently. There was a discouraged mumbling; a fragility that Liverpool have seen so often in …
Tactical Analysis - Liverpool maintain composure to break down Sunderland resistance

Tactical Analysis - Liverpool maintain composure to break down Sunderland resistance

The match at Anfield against Sunderland took on extra significance given the run of form enjoyed by Chelsea under Antonio Conte. Whilst it is remiss to place too much importance on a single result at this stage of the season there is still a danger in allowing your opponent to open up too much of a gap at this point of the season. Last week against Southampton saw Liverpool come away with a 0-0 draw with Southampton setting out in …
Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

Observations from Liverpool's win against Sunderland: Patience is key

The Reds weren't rampant. The floodgates didn't open like many had expected them to prior to kick-off.. Klopp's men didn't dismantle yet another side at Anfield. Instead, it was tense and a little uncomfortable as Sunderland threatened to frustrate the home side. They held out for 75 minutes but in the end Liverpool came away with the all important three points to put them top of the Premier League for the time being. Usually I take a look at positives from …
Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0: Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0: Player Ratings

Liverpool overcame a battle of attrition and perseverance once again, the key difference being that Liverpool were rewarded for their efforts as the hosts came away with the three points and yet another clean-sheet. The celebration over the victory is sure to be tempered by the serious looking injury for Coutinho. This is how the Reds fared. Loris Karius (7.5) - The best all-round performance from the German yet, as his alertness thwarted a couple of big chances for Sunderland. …
Liverpool vs Sunderland Preview: Reds must pounce on Black Cats

Liverpool vs Sunderland Preview: Reds must pounce on Black Cats

Liverpool will hope to return to winning ways this weekend as they host Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday, the side in second taking on the side second bottom. On a bitter November's day at Anfield there shouldn't be a beachball in sight, something that the Reds can use to their advantage in a bid to return to the Premier League's summit. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Sunderland Venue: Anfield Date: Saturday 26th November Time: 15:00 BST Referee: Anthony Taylor FORM Liverpool will feel unfortunate not …
Liverpool v Sunderland - Key Battles

Liverpool v Sunderland - Key Battles

After a frustrating Saturday afternoon at St. Mary's where Liverpool did everything but find the back of the net, it is back to Anfield for the Reds, as they welcome cellar dwellers Sunderland. David Moyes's men are confident after a rousing 3-0 win over Hull City, but they will definitely face a completely different proposition in Merseyside on Saturday as the Reds look to get back to winning ways. Jurgen Klopp has stressed on the fact that the performance against …
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