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Liverpool’s 5 most wasteful players in 21/22 includes Thiago and £36m star

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Liverpool enjoyed a strong 2021/22 season as the Reds won the EFL and FA Cups whilst reaching the Champions League final, but who were the club’s five most wasteful players in the Premier League?

Jurgen Klopp took the Anfield natives to within a point of a second top-flight title over the last three seasons. But the Merseyside outfit fell just shy of Manchester City, who also pipped Liverpool for the most prolific offence after scoring 99 goals ahead of the Reds’ haul of 94 for a crucial additional win.

A total of 17 players found the back of the net at least once for Liverpool across the club’s 38 league fixtures this term. But 23 players accounted for the 729 total shots the Reds took to reach their haul, which marked a division-high tally to the Citizens’ 713 through 20 different players, per WhoScored.

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Perhaps surprisingly given his reserve role in Klopp’s plans, Takumi Minamino ended the season as Liverpool’s most clinical player. The Japan star ended the campaign with a goal conversion rate of 42.86% after scoring three of seven shots, per SofaScore, while Fabinho finished second on 23.81%.

Fabinho scored five goals from 21 attempts to edge Andrew Robertson (16.67%, three goals from 18 shots), Diogo Jota (16.67%, 15 goals from 90 shots) and Roberto Firmino (16.67%, five goals from 30 attempts). So, with that in mind, who were Liverpool’s most wasteful players in the Premier League?

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1) James Milner was Liverpool’s most wasteful player in 2021/22 Premier League season

James Milner proved to be Liverpool’s most wasteful player in the 2021/22 Premier League season for goal conversion, among those to feature in more than nine games. The midfielder attempted 10 shots across his 24 appearances, starting nine times. But the 36-year-old also failed to find the net at all.

It marked Milner’s second successive Premier League campaign in which the 61-cap England star has failed to score. He also could not find the back of the net once over his 26 outings in 2020/21 despite attempting 12 efforts. He was one of eight Liverpool players who failed to score having taken a shot.

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2) James Milner marginally pipped Kostas Tsimikas as Liverpool’s most wasteful player

Milner only marginally pipped Kostas Tsimikas to end the Premier League season as Liverpool’s most wasteful player this term. The full-back similarly failed to score a single goal over his 13 appearances, of which he only started nine. But the Greek still managed to strike eight efforts without converting.

Failing to find the net with any of his eight attempts means Tsimikas is still waiting for his first goal in the English top-flight. Klopp only afforded the 26-year-old five minutes over two games in his debut season at Anfield last term after a £11.75m move from Olympiakos in 2020 on a five-year contract.

3) Ibrahima Konate fails to open account after summer switch from RB Leipzig

Ibrahima Konate joined Tsimikas and Milner among Liverpool’s most wasteful players in the 2021/22 Premier League season after his £36m move from RB Leipzig last May. The trio were the only players who could not score once for the Reds in the top-flight, having attempted at least one effort on goal.

Konate attempted just four shots over the centre-half’s 11 league appearances, of which he started each game. But the 23-year-old did score twice over eight Champions League games and once in six FA Cup ties. His FA Cup goal broke the deadlock for the Reds in the semi-final with Manchester City.

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4) Trent Alexander-Arnold penned worst conversion rate among Reds players to score

Trent Alexander-Arnold recorded the worst conversion rate among Liverpool players who scored at least one Premier League goal this season. The right-back found the net twice over 32 games while providing 12 assists. But he required 51 shots to hit home twice for a conversion rate of only 3.92%.

Yet the figure was a marginal increase for the 23-year-old as Alexander-Arnold converted just 3.64% of his 55 shots last season. Those efforts also returned two goals, but came over his 36 appearances.

5) Thiago penned second-worst conversion rate among Liverpool players to score

Alexander-Arnold’s marginal gains still failed to prevent the defender ending the term as Liverpool’s most wasteful player among those to score a Premier League goal to Thiago Alcantara. The Spaniard only just crept in behind the England international with a conversion rate of only 4% from 25 shots.

The 31-year-old’s attempts only returned one single goal during the 2021/22 campaign when he hit home against Southampton in November. It was also only Thiago’s second Premier League goal since moving to Anfield from Bayern Munich in September 2020 for £20m rising up to £25m with add-ons.

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