Player Ratings for Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (LFC win 6-5 on penalties)

Player Ratings for Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (LFC win 6-5 on penalties)

For the third time under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds outlasted the detestable Chelsea FC in a penalty shootout to lift a trophy into the night sky. While Liverpool once again could not get a win in either regulation or extra time against the Blues, new heroes stepped up to complete the set for Herr Klopp. Alisson – 8 Shook off a knock in the first half after a clash with Marcos Alonso to put in a composed and vital display. …
Liverpool 2 - 0 Villarreal - The Player Ratings

Liverpool 2 - 0 Villarreal - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.5 The monster keeper was a certain starter, but he was a virtual spectator through the first half. Concentration (and whether to grab a snack from the crowd) was all he had to do, before a poor Villarreal corner on 73 minutes. Trent Alexander-Arnold - 9.0 After a tricky derby, he was tasked with showing more composure. He seemed keen to show strength in defense from the off, and he really started to purr as the half …
Observations: Siege Warfare

Observations: Siege Warfare

Divock Origi absolutely loves playing Everton. I'm sure you'll hear that in every article about this game, but it's worth saying anyway. There is no-one better at coming up with the goods at the perfect moment, in the hour of direst need. It seems very likely that Origi will be leaving Liverpool at the end of this season, but if that is to be the case, what a way to say goodbye. Liverpool beat Everton by 2 goals to 0 …
RAW: Rampant Reds destroy the soul of the Red Devils

RAW: Rampant Reds destroy the soul of the Red Devils

If getting hammered five-nil at Old Trafford, with a sitting duck manager, wasn't enough Manchester United decided to try and replicate it once more at Anfield. The similarities were striking: early goal for Liverpool before the 5th minute; Paul Pogba leaving the pitch early; a lame manager with no influence; and Mo Salah running riot and the Reds racking up a cricket score (well, an English batting performance anyway). On Post-Match RAW, Dave and Hari joined Trevor in his rural …
Thiago - The Master Controller

Thiago - The Master Controller

Outside of Anfield, The Allianz Arena and The  Camp Nou, the penny may have finally dropped. I recall when Liverpool signed Thiago Alcantara being asked some peculiar questions. It mostly regarded his goals and assists record, and whether he was a better player than this player or that. To appreciate his brilliance is to understand the role Thiago plays in his version of football, and his version is nothing short of spectacular. In the aftermath of yet another massive Liverpool …
Observations: Demolition Job

Observations: Demolition Job

4-0. Against Manchester United. 9-0 across home and away. It's often said that for certain fixtures, form goes out of the window and the derby atmosphere makes anything possible. That was true when Liverpool were struggling and United were top dogs, and it was true for most of Klopp's time the other way. But this year, the Reds have completely demolished the aura of the derby. Old Trafford has been conquered. Mancunian spirits have been broken. And boy, did we …
Liverpool 4 - 0 Manchester United - Man Of The Match

Liverpool 4 - 0 Manchester United - Man Of The Match

Thiago Alcantara The master orchestrater and controller of the Reds' midfield. He wanted the ball in any and every situation, and United could do nothing to stop him. His first half display was sensational, with the game both quickened and slowed to meet his desire. A moment in the first half saw him win the ball on half way, like a prime Mascherano. His overall okay was near faultless, and there was even recognition from the commentators. To enjoy this …
Observations: Liverpool book their place in the Final

Observations: Liverpool book their place in the Final

The most notable factor in the buildup to the FA Cup semi-final was the team selection of Man City. The absence of Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker was expected after their midweek knocks, but Pep Guardiola also rested Rodri, Ederson, and Laporte. This ended up being crucial, as City no longer had their three best tempo controllers from deep positions. Whilst in the league meeting, City had done an excellent job of neutering Liverpool's press before launching comfortable long …
Player Ratings for Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

Player Ratings for Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

Last Sunday at the Etihad was an up-and-down affair for Liverpool, but an early blitzkrieg against their hated rivals at Anfield South put the Reds out of touching distance and sent Jurgen’s boys to another cup final. Alisson – 8 Had some early shaky moments on the ball, but his positioning and shot stopping saved Liverpool from an embarrassing collapse after taking a 3-0 lead. The gulf in class between Alisson and City’s Zach Steffen is a major reason why …
Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool - The Man of the Match

Manchester City 2 - 2 Liverpool - The Man of the Match

Thiago Alcantara The Spanish midfield maestro was at times brilliant today, as well as offering some Paul Scholes type challenges. His touch, vision, and ability to control the games tempo is sometimes astounding. In a game that kept shifting up multiple gears, he always seemed calm and assured on the ball, and demanded his football throughout. The challenges could have seen an early bath for sure, but his intensity to stand up to such a great team was there to …
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