Data analysis rates Liverpool as the world's best defence, places them in overall global club rankings
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Data analysis rates Liverpool as the world's best defence, places them in overall global club rankings

Data analysis from FiveThirtyEight ranks Liverpool as the world’s best defence. They also globally ranked the Reds overall.

FiveThirtyEight believe that Liverpool have the best defence in world football. They’ve released a global ranking of the best clubs around, placing scores on their attack and defence.

You can read more about how they find their numbers here – it’s not a simple scoring. But essentially, they believe that Liverpool give up the fewest quality chances of any team on the planet, relevant to the teams they face.

The Reds’ score of 0.2 tops everyone else, with Chelsea and Manchester City sitting on 0.3. Five clubs are then on 0.5 – AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Crystal Palace and Brighton. Or ‘The Big Five’ as those teams are collectively known.

As for going the other way, Liverpool get an attacking score of 2.9. That’s the fourth-best on the planet, with Bayern Munich (3.4), Manchester City (3.0) and Ajax (3.0) above them. The latter stands out, of course, but the Dutch side did score 98 goals in the Eredivise last season and scored plenty in the Champions League.

So what about an overall? Well, FiveThirtyEight believes Liverpool are the world’s second-best team, just behind City. The two of them are actually clear of the rest, with City rating at a score of 93.5 in the index and the Reds at 93.3. There’s then a small jump to 91.6 for third-placed Bayern.

Liverpool have the world’s best defence

We’re completely on board with the idea of Liverpool boasting the world’s best defence. Jurgen Klopp has created a remarkable unit that defends from front to back, with the Reds often giving up no clear-cut chances in games.

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Every single player in the team defends, be it sweeping up in behind or pressing relentlessly from the front. At their best, Liverpool can shut-out anyone. Their attack, it has to be said, is a little capable of falling flat.

While it’s still one of the world’s absolute best, it is true that Liverpool failed to score in three cup finals last season. There are weaknesses there – even if they’re minor.

But as for their defence? It’s hard to see a single thing you’d change.

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