History Is Being Written

History Is Being Written

The weekend's games brought up a variation of emotions for all Reds fans, with the jubilant FA Cup Final victory quickly replaced by pure viewership of the West Ham v City battle. Both games ended in a draw, and where Liverpool's score line eventually produced silverware, it could be that City’s draw will inevitably do the same. Points will still need to be dropped by City for Liverpool to stand a chance, and a stand-alone win against Southampton will keep …
Observations: Groundhog Day

Observations: Groundhog Day

I've seen this one before. Liverpool vs Chelsea in a domestic cup final. Both teams create lots of chances, though the Reds are slightly the better side. None of these are scored, with two excellent goalkeeping displays. Thomas Tuchel makes a sub deep in extra time, gambling on a penalty specialist. But eventually, Liverpool triumphed, holding their nerve to seal it in the shootout. Really someone should be asking what the scriptwriters have been doing these last few months, because …
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. …
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 7.0 A frenetic start saw Liverpool go behind, and Ali could probably have done little more to stop it. Nearly gifted an open goal, with an amazing pass into Watkins early on. Had little else to do in the second half as the Reds controlled, but was alert to stop Ings late on. Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7.0 Showed good defensive awareness, as Villa looked to exploit the wide areas. His dangerous delivery started to explore the Villa …
Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Benfica 1 - 3 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 7.5 A relative spectator in the first half, with only a couple of minor chances created. Was a lot busier after the break, as the home sides ramped up their efforts. Could do nothing for the goal conceded, and was assured as Liverpool weathered the storm. Trent Alexander-Arnold 7.5 Looked confident from the off, with a willingness to show strength at both ends of the field. 34 minutes …
Virgil - In the Conversation

Virgil - In the Conversation

At £75 million, the rhetoric surrounding Virgil Van Dijk’s move to Liverpool (from Southampton) was often one of surprise. There would have been a fair portion of Reds fans that saw the deal as overly expensive, but it was the remainder of the football supporting community that sniggered at the deal. There were fans everywhere, stating that Virgil was an overrated defender, and that the fee in no way justified the signing. The likes of Harry Maguire were often held …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - Man Of The Match

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - Man Of The Match

Joel Matip Virgil, Fabinho and Alisson all could have won this, which showed the utter strength through the defensive middle. In a game where Martinelli was so dangerous, Matip was able to offer great coverage when they broke. Was dominating aerially throughout, assured in possession, and carried the ball forward with his usual threat. A great season, and a brilliant partner for Virgil. When moments arose, he was able to stay resolute and helps make this team so hard to …
Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Arsenal 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings Alisson Becker - 8.5 A pretty routine first half for the giant Brazilian, with possession of the ball more apparent than anything else. Made a great stop early in the second half as the game opened up. Didn’t have much to do after that, but his moments were once again critical. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.0 Martinelli certainly gave him worrying moments in the first half, with his smart movement. A …
Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Alisson Becker - 8.0 A nice solid, and uneventful game for Ali. A great stop towards the end showed his supreme ability to stay focused. Got clattered, but still was great with the ball at his feet and commanded his area. Had a busy last few moments, and the collision probably made him even more determined to keep that clean sheet. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.5 Starting to become bullish and dominant in his defensive work, and clearly, there’s a …
Liverpool 0-1 Inter (2-1 agg.): Observations as Reds edge past I Nerazzurri

Liverpool 0-1 Inter (2-1 agg.): Observations as Reds edge past I Nerazzurri

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after beating Inter Milan 2-1 on aggregate. Lautaro Martinez ripped one beyond Alisson just after the hour but Inter had the wind in their sails for all of two minutes before Alexis Sanchez picked up a second yellow. The reigning Serie A champions retreated, hoping for a counterattacking opportunity that never really materialised. They proved themselves to be an excellent side over the first two legs, and can take …
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