How do Liverpool rank amongst the ‘big 6’ in 3 key areas?

By Mark Peters IN Archive,General - 09:50 Sep 5th 2015

Liverpool’s impressive start to the new season received a sudden reality check as they were heavily beaten at home by West Ham last weekend.

Supporters of the Merseyside outfit will be hoping that this result was just a blip, but how has their form in three key areas measured up to that of their major rivals so far this term?

SHOOTING – FOR

Brendan Rodgers didn’t have much luck with strikers in 2014/15, but his team as a whole still managed to convert 13.2% of their chances over the course of the entire campaign. Despite investing heavily in the likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, this figure has fallen to just 8.2% in 2015/16.

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POSSESSION

Although they have enjoyed more of the ball than their opponents, the 51.3% possession figure for Liverpool this season is the worst amongst the elite clubs of English football. Not only that, but it is also down some 4.5% on what they managed last term.

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SHOOTING – AGAINST

Given that they have kept three top-flight clean sheets in 2015/16, it comes as no surprise to see that the Reds have conceded to just 8.3% of the chances created against them. This puts Rodgers’ men ahead of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in the rankings and is significantly better than the 13.3% figure that they allowed over the course of the previous campaign.

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THOUGHTS

Liverpool supporters have every reason to feel encouraged defensively, but the Reds must be more clinical at the other end of the pitch if they are to secure a top-four finish. Improving their possession statistics would also be a good idea if they want to conserve energy.

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One Comment

  1. Nick
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    In order to score more goals Liverpool should maybe change to a 4-4-2 pattern. There is currently no one who plays off Benteke