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Liverpool's five most creative players from the 2021/22 Premier League season

We have a look at Liverpool’s five most creative players from the 2021/22 Premier League season. The Reds boast some of the best around.

Liverpool scored an incredible number of goals this season so understandably, they have some of the most creative players around. But who top the charts for the club? We use Statsbomb data from Fbref.com to have a look at the creative outlets that contributed the most.

Now, this relies heavily on ‘shot-creating actions’. That’s essentially anything a player does in the two actions before the team has a shot on goal. It doesn’t include the shot itself but a player could technically contribute both actions before the shot.

It’s a way of judging how players contribute to genuine opportunities and generally provides a good example of a player’s creativity.

Liverpool’s most creative players

5. Thiago

Thiago is a different kind of creativity – he only managed four assists in the Premier League. Still, his passing is some of the absolute best in the world and he often plays the cutting pass that leads to a shot.

He leads Europe in things like progressive passes – a completed pass that moves the team at least 10 yards further forward than any of the last six passes. That’s a valuable skill and, understandably, leads to shots.

Thiago was involved in 61 shot-creating actions, 52 of which came from passing. Considering his deeper role, those are fantastic numbers.

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4. Andy Robertson

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool’s full-backs play a significant role in all of this. What’s interesting, though, is that Andy Robertson doesn’t rank all that highly for SCA. He helps create around 3.37 shots per 90 minutes – the sixth-best at Liverpool.

But you can go one further than SCA, of course – Goal-Creating Actions. Robertson is second in that stat, averaging 0.57 per 90. That’s the 11th-best in the entire Premier League.

That suggests that while he doesn’t create the same amount of chances as some, the Scot’s contributions are very high quality.

3. Luis Diaz

We’re incredibly excited about Luis Diaz. He only played the equivalent of 10.6 90s this season but his numbers are phenomenal.

He ended the season averaging the second-most SCA per 90 at 4.6. That’s good enough for the fourth-best in the league – and he’s only just getting started.

What’s also interesting is that Diaz creates around a fifth of these through dribbling. That’s a very high number and we expect the Colombian to play a huge role with his dribbling next season.

Liverpool have someone special here.

2. Mohamed Salah

There’s a very solid argument that Mohamed Salah should be no.1 here. He did win the Premier League’s Playmaker award, after all – but he’s up against someone special.

Salah contributed 0.81 GCA per 90 this season, though – the third-best in the league. And the only players to beat him (Dejan Kulusevski and Gabriel Jesus) didn’t play anywhere near the same number of minutes.

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What also stands out is the variety with which Salah creates chances. Most come from passes, naturally, but he posts big numbers for both creating with dribbling and from his shots (rebounds, essentially). In fact, no one in the Premier League created more shots from a rebound than Salah, while no one created more goals from dribbling.

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold

It’s not exactly a shock that Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most creative player at Liverpool. He averaged 4.73 SCA this season – also the third-best figure in the Premier League. Though, it’s worth mentioning that Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, the only players with a higher number, each player over seven games fewer in total minutes.

In fact, the only players across Europe’s top five leagues to beat Alexander-Arnold and play as many minutes were Kylian Mbapé and Benjamin Bourigeaud.

What really pushes Alexander-Arnold over the top, too, is those progressive passes. Like Thiago, the Scouser can move Liverpool up the pitch into dangerous areas like few others. He makes 8.77 per 90 – only Thiago, Lionel Messi, Joshua Kimmich and Toni Kroos manage more.

A world-class player, then, and one of the most creative on the planet.

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