Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 2-0 on Tuesday evening. Here are three players who stood out statistically in the win.
Ozan Kabak didn’t enjoy the finest debut on Saturday but this was much better. The 20-year-old had the pressure on yet managed to deliver.
Liverpool, above all, wanted a clean-sheet here. They got it, too, and Kabak played a huge part in that.
He won four tackles in the game – twice as many as anyone else on the pitch. Even better, Kabak only attempted four, winning 100% of his duels.
A hugely promising performance in just his second appearance.
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Liverpool played seven key passes (passes that lead to shots) as a team on Tuesday. Trent Alexander-Arnold contributed over half of those.
His total of four doubled everyone but Christopher Nkunku – the Leipzig striker had a fine game. Alexander-Arnold, though, was undoubtedly the creative spark for Liverpool.
The Scouser has come in for some criticism this season. A lot of that has been justified – Alexander-Arnold hasn’t been at his best.
But this was a reminder of the threat he can be. Hopefully, then, it’s a sign that Alexander-Arnold will kick on and find his best form before long.
Jordan Henderson saw more of the ball than anyone as Liverpool beat Leipzig. He managed 96 touches – 10 above Alexander-Arnold in second.
That wasn’t the most impressive stat, however. Henderson completed 79 passes – leading everyone else by 28. For perspective, Henderson was 28 above second-place Dayot Upamecano, who was just four clear of third place.
The Liverpool captain stood up to dominate the ball and help control the game. And he did it from an unnatural position alongside a 20-year-old he’s known for two weeks.
That’s incredibly impressive and exactly what Liverpool needed on a big night with a make-shift team.[