I AM composing this latest staggering insight into Liverpool Football Club from my spec in Hustlers Cocktail Bar in Hisaranu. Therefore it may well be flawed but then it is names followed by numbers followed by sentences. My arbitrary figures will almost all be wrong. Hopefully the comments are interesting. I’ll take that.
Mildly annoyed with the squad list selection/loans around this competition. The loans we’ve done but have we really got any plans to play Henderson or Sturridge before February? If so we really need to have a think about things. Whereas we could be using Teixiera or, yes, Enrique. Anyway.
Went to Fez Bar for the Villa game. Would have gone back but it is rammed. Quiz night you see. Missed the start. Thanks to everyone who suggested places when I asked last weekend. Appreciated all that.
How good have TAW Player shows been by the way? Cracking Pink after Villa, Tuesday Review a belter and TAW Unwrapped the absolute business. Might hang on here, sit by the pool and let everyone crack on. But you know. The Derby.
Anyway, what we are here for? Before we do the numbers we should have scored five. Should just have scored five. A ton of chances.
Simon Mignolet: 5
Slow off his line for the goal.
Nathaniel Clyne: 4
Gives it away cheaply for their opener. That’s not the position. It’s giving it away cheaply. Shows he can do a bit of the wing back thing for the disallowed goal. Sub felt pre planned. I could be talking broken biscuits.
Emre Can: 4
Free header on 38. Free header on 77. Should score. Interesting shift into the middle of the three second half.
Kolo Toure: 4
Don’t know who, what or how he helped at the back. Sure he was doing something but you know. Probably would have more of an idea if I was in the ground though I remember Gibbo at the weekend saying he struggles to rate Skrtel. Unlucky to hit the bar.
Joe Gomez: 5
Tough player ratings. Because he follows a man into centre mid for their goal. But he’s probably Toure’s man and Toure isn’t going near him. Vacating that space makes it easy for the Sion man. Distribution at times ropier than when at left back.
Jordon Ibe: 3
Clearly targetting him going backwards. Offered nowhere near enough going forward. If he wants to get in this side, which should always have two up, it is only happening at wing back. Not in a diamond.
Joe Allen: 8
There’s a ball Allen gives away on around 10 when he plays it into space that Ibe wasn’t interested in running into. I loved it. He knows what he is doing there. Giving reminders. Making clear what should be happening. Not worrying about his stats. His ball to Ings on 15. Gorgeous. Then goes a bit poor for 20. Then gets back into it before half time. Plays a lovely diagonal ball. And a cracking couple of balls to Origi.
Also Brockle: “Short and beardy.” Hard to argue with the facts.
Jordan Rossiter: 7
Covers a run when Can turned on 8 really well. Cracking delivery on 38 as well. There’s an assurance around his football which is very pleasing. Dovetails well with Allen.
Adam Lallana: 7
Good finish. Felt by halfway through the first half he needed to be on it a bit more but it is a great ball for Ings on 30. Was it him who played Origi in before the break? Looked it. Regardless — one of them. Can’t criticise for too many touches and not enough end product and then criticise when he inverts that. Dreadful miss around 72. Shave is bad news.
Divock Origi: 5
Did brilliantly for the opener. Got into that space between penalty area and six yard box but had end product. Which is night and day from Carlisle. Should score on 43. Turns and runs brilliantly on 58 but should find a red shirt. Should score on 63.
Danny Ings: 4
Really needs to take one of those first-half chances if we are all being honest with one another. Despised the overhead kick attempt on the hour.
Alberto Moreno: 5
Daft shot on 54. Daft foul on 80.
Philippe Coutinho: 4
Him being simply introduced makes me want to go out and commit mass murder. Didn’t offer a ton when he did come on. We were better with two up.
Mamadou Sakho: 6
I don’t really know.
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