The Premier League list Liverpool as leading eight attacking categories this season. The Reds are performing incredibly well despite an injury crisis.
Liverpool top the Premier League, of course. Manchester United can change that by winning their game in hand but right now, the Reds lead the way.
It’s a stunning achievement already, in truth. Injuries have made this season far more difficult than any in recent memory.
Virtually everyone in the first-team squad has been out at one time or another. Key players like Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – the first-choice centre-half pairing – haven’t played in months and may not feature again this season.
Despite all of that, despite Jurgen Klopp essentially never having the same XI available from game to game, Liverpool top the table.
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And it’s clearly no fluke. The Premier League lists Liverpool as leading eight attacking categories, explaining how the Reds do it.
The most obvious stat is goals – Liverpool have scored four more than anyone other team. And that’s a clear result of the Reds having more shots than anyone else, too.
But while they top the latter stat by just three, their accuracy with those shots is outstanding compared to everyone else.
Leeds United are 3rd for shots on target with 93, then Manchester United are 2nd with 94. Then there’s a huge jump to 102 for 1st-place Liverpool.
How Liverpool score their goals is interesting, too. They lead the way on headed goals, despite playing without a traditional striker.
They dominate inside the box, too, with five more goals than joint-2nd Chelsea and United.
So how do Liverpool create these chances? They pass more than anyone. Crucially, they vary those passes – Klopp’s team have completed both the most through-balls and the most crosses.
It all looks wonderful, then. But there’s clearly a catch.
Intriguingly, other than headed goals, Manchester City led all of these categories last season. And yet, they certainly weren’t the best team around.
So it shows that we might be watching a different Liverpool this season. One far more focused on production at the top end of the pitch.
Liverpool are doing everything in large quantities in attack but not actually winning games at the same rate as last season. It suggests that Klopp has changed the team up in the wake of defensive injuries.
Can it carry Liverpool to the title? We’d have though it could, yes. It won’t be as efficient as last season but it does feel like the best way to play this season.