WELL it’s three points isn’t it? Wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win at this stage of the season. Up the Reds.
SIMON MIGNOLET 7
Saved all the balls that were kicked at him. You’ll get some lads moaning about his kicking but, call me old fashioned, I like my goalkeepers to keep clean sheets.
EMRE CAN 5.5
Did OK. Used the ball well and got rid when he had to. Made for the position — although his positioning is not always great.
MARTIN SKRTEL 7
Doesn’t get enough credit for being in exactly the right position when the opposition cross the ball. No Opta stats for that one.
MAMADOU SAKHO 6
Recovered well after some early jitters. Strong mentally.
FT #Swans 0-1 #LFC Sakho made 13 ball recoveries and won all of his tackles (via @StatsZone http://t.co/14bhXR2eib): pic.twitter.com/o9ZqNTud3M
— Stats Zone (@StatsZone) March 16, 2015
JOE ALLEN 7.5
Man of the match. Some dodgy moments but more good ones than anyone else. Kept the ball when everyone else looked incapable. Gets out of trouble brilliantly.
JORDAN HENDERSON 5
Was hogtied a touch by early booking but didn’t pass it well enough.
3 – Jordan Henderson has scored in each of Liverpool's last three Premier League games. Leader.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 16, 2015
RAHEEM STERLING 5.5
At some point in these contract negotiations the club may ask his agent when his last really good game was. But it wasn’t easy for him tonight.
ALBERTO MORENO 5
A little bit unfortunate to be taken off. Looked solid enough and could have been used more when in space.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO 6
Didn’t shine but he’s a tough cookie. Did a job for the team.
ADAM LALLANA 4
Needs to figure out how he helps Liverpool win football games.
DANIEL STURRIDGE 6
Didn’t get a great deal of service. Wasn’t great with what he had. Needs a couple of goals to put the skip in his step. So gutted the clever effort at the end hit the post.
STEVEN GERRARD: Helped change the game. Won some good tackles late on. 6.5
GLEN JOHNSON: Wasn’t on long enough. N/A
Glen Johnson completed 100% of his passes after coming on as a sub. What a ball it was too! pic.twitter.com/1tasHCXnhF
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Mignolet 7? No matter how spectacular Joe Allen was, if Mignolet has a poor game we lose that 2-1. MOTM.
Adam Lallana did a harder job than Coutinho playing in 3 different positions and doing them all effectively, moved around for others to improve. That is how he helped Liverpool win this match. He should have been a 6/7 imo.
strange scoring there lad Martin mom for me. Behave yourself and happy birthday for tomorrow!
Allen MOTM for me, bit harsh on Lallana. At last a genuine Mark & assessment on Henderson.
Allen was the only outfield player who seemed switched on in that first half.
A couple of very important interceptions too.
Good luck finding a bigger Joe Allen fan – I seem to have a second job defending him on forums – but Mignolet was MOTM. I really get the feeling that no one get a ball past him from a direct shot. Maybe a ball crossed into the mixer occasionally, but not something in front of him.
really can not believe you gave Sturridge 2 more than Lallana. Before the goal he was dreadful and the pass was a touch fortunate too. Saying he needs a goal is all well and good but he has been poor recently not only in his lack of goals. Look at his movement tonight. Did not create space off others and did not move into space to be found by others. Lallana was poor but was also extremely close to creating a goal with some excellent play. Definitely NOT a difference of two between the players
Totally agree with this comment. For my money, sturridge was pretty awful again until very late in the game. I know that even last season he could be poor and then score so it didn’t matter, but i don’t think his movement is even right at the moment. A month and half now – thought that’d be enough to play into some kind of form and condition, but I guess we have to remain patient. I thought Lallana was shocking in the first half, but improve after the break.
Liked John’s bit about sterling, even though he too was much improved second half.
Agree with this when Sturridge starts now it is like starting with 10 men Lallana gives full effort and is a team player deserved higher score than Sturridge
I probably agree 100% with those ratings. Thing is, if Mignolet doesn’t get to either of them then I’d be asking questions. That said, another very good performance from him. A lot of players were shaky at times but overall they did enough to finish with ok scores. Despite a tough game tonight I’d still maintain that’s our best 11 with Ibe / Moreno rotating depending on the opposition and Lallana switching to which side he’s needed as a wing back. Lallana was disappointing tonight but I still think he offers more than it appears. Hard to express what I mean by that cos I don’t actually know but I just sense he offers something.
It’s not school boy football – to say Moreno was unlucky to be taken off makes sound like its about performance and not the tactics it is! He wasn’t subbed (nor are most) due to having a shocker. Down to legs, tiredness, tactics, players on bench etc.
Moreno was ok but bringing Gerrard on suited game position at that time and was an obvious swap considering the players and formation – not a snub to Moreno, somebody had to make way!
And he looked like a walking red card by that stage.
Allen MoTM? If it hadn’t been for Mignolet we’d of been at least 1 down at H/T.
Skrtel was rock solid yet again.
Stirling had yet another 6/10 game. The sooner that lad gets his head straight and signs a contract the better.
He says he is concentrating on his football, his performances betray him.
Sturridge should be 5. Blame the slip of a finger on a bus away from the ground.
Mignolet played well but all his saves looked to me to be ones you would expect a keeper to make. Might change my mind when I see them back
If I’m honest, I thought both of Mignolet’s saves were from poor efforts. Sigurdsson’s shot was nice but actually a comfortable height and speed and Gomis hit it low but without much power. Personally, I think people are over reacting about Mignolet. Like I said above though, he played very well and respect to him.
It’s night and day for Mignolet. Maybe the shots were ones that a regular keeper should save. But we know Mignolet hasn’t exactly played like the second coming of Ray Clemence early in the season.
Maybe but it’s not kids football. We don’t give mom for an improvement or trying hard.
‘ If it hadnt have been for Mignolet ‘
What about in the first half when Allen was last man tackling Gomis before he got one on one with Mignolet?