Tracking Liverpool Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

Tracking Liverpool Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    At the start of the World Cup, Liverpool had 11 players competing in Brazil (12 if you included new signing Rickie Lambert).

    Mostly due to England's dismal early exit, The Reds had just three players remaining in Brazil when the second round began.

    Mamadou Sakho is a key player for France, having started each of their three group games. The 24-year-old though has been struggling with a thigh injury and was forced off in their games against Switzerland and Ecuador.

    Sebastian Coates remained part of Uruguay's squad but didn't feature in their second round exit to Colombia.

    Finally, Simon Mignolet is with Belgium, an unused substitute thus far as back-up to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

    Here we track the performances of each of the players in their country's respective games during the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup.

Mamadou Sakho

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    France 0-1 Germany

    Sakho missed France's second round match against Nigeria through injury but returned to the starting line-up for the quarter-final against Germany in Rio on Friday night.

    Despite the myth that Sakho is clumsy in possession, he was assured for France alongside Raphael Varane before leaving the pitch with cramp with 20 minutes remaining.

    A last ditch tackle denied Miroslav Klose expertly in the first-half.

    France's defeat means Simon Mignolet is now the only Liverpool player remaining in the World Cup.

    Sakho's World Cup in numbers. Minutes played, 288. Goals conceded, 1. Fouls conceded, 0. Passes, 180 completed from 197 attempted, (91.4%).

    — Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) July 4, 2014

    Stats vs. Germany

    Minutes Played: 71
    Pass Accuracy: 87%
    Aerial Duels Won: 71%
    Fouls: 0
    Tackles: 0
    Shots: 1