Liverpool hosted Stoke city at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as Klopp’s men attempted to seal their position in the top four. With an increased amount of injuries along with the second leg of Liverpool’s semifinal clash with Roma on the horizon, Klopp had to rotate his squad quite a bit. Liverpoool have missed Emre Can, Adam Lallana and now recently added to the side-lines was Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

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Over 90 min Liverpool attempted to break through Stoke’s stubborn defence and failed. Salah had a chance early on to break the premiere league record for most goals scored in a single season. However, to the surprise of many his shot was a bit wide of Butland’s goal. Stoke city had quite a few chances of their own as they attempted to salvage three points in an attempt to stay in the premiere league and escape the clutches of relegation.

 

The referee was yet again in the spotlight as Liverpool were denied a penalty for a clear handball on Pieters. Additionally, throughout the 90 minutes Pieters was constantly bullying Salah. Pieters pulled at Salah’s shirt, arm and grappled him at times as well without conceding a penalty. Wrong calls from referees against Liverpool have become a common trend this season. Tottenham Hotspur have won more penalties at Anfield this season than Liverpool have. Surely, this is just a coincidence. However, it does get Liverpool fans riled up and looking for answers as to why referees clearly make decisions, which deny Liverpool a point or two, every few games. This is only more evidence as to why a system like VAR is necessary.

 

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The injuries kept piling up for Liverpool as Trent Alexander Arnold was taken off for a dead leg and replaced with Nathaniel Clyne. Jurgen Klopp has a lot to worry about as his now stretched squad head into the final few weeks of the season. Recent news suggests that Adam Lallana and Emre Can may return to full team training next week. At this point Jurgen Klopp would be glad to field a fully fit midfield three against Roma in midweek.

 

 

Player Ratings:-

 

Loris Kairus: 7/10 – Not much work for the young German keeper. A quiet afternoon for Loris

 

Ragnar Klavan: 7/10 – Ragnar Klavan came in for Lovren and did a good job at the back. Not many mistakes and was composed on the ball.

 

Alberto Moreno: 6.5/10 – Surprisingly Moreno had one of his better games vs stoke city and was very rarely caught off possession like he usually has in the past.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5/10 – Trent had a good game. However, he was struggling with hip issues and a dead leg and was soon subbed off.

 

Jordan Henderson: 7/10 (MOTM) – Henderson has really pulled through in the last couple of weeks and he is a dominant presence on the pitch. He controlled the game from a deep number 6 role and was excellent at shielding the defence.

 

Georginio Wijnaldum: 7/10 – Wijnaldum followed his performance vs Roma with a good shift vs Stoke. He missed out on a penalty from yet another wrong refereeing decision.

 

Mohamed Salah: 6/10 – An unusual game for Salah as he missed out on a early chance. It seems as if the goal scoring records have begun affecting his performances.

 

Danny Ings: 5/10 –  A poor game for Danny Ings who has been given the nod several times in the last few weeks but has yet failed to impress.

 

Robert Firmino: 6.5/10 – Even when he fails to score Firmino is always an impressive player. He tracked back several times on Saturday and was often involved in winning the ball back in Liverpool’s won half. Without a shadow of doubt, Firmino is the best False 9 in world football at the

 

Kaustubh Deshpande

29th April, 2018

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