Data from Liverpool’s 4-0 loss to Man United shows exactly what Jurgen Klopp was talking about. The Reds suffered in Thailand.
Liverpool didn’t have things their own way on Tuesday as they lost 4-0 to Manchester United. It was a strange game – one where the Reds didn’t play too badly but suffered a thrashing. Suffice to say, United will be thrilled with that one.
But after the game, Jurgen Klopp wasn’t too down. He talked about the important thing being player fitness and that his team simply didn’t take their chances. In fact, the boss saw enough opportunities for an equaliser late on.
“Obviously the game came a little bit too early for us, for some of our boys, so I think we agree that we saw a lot of good things in this game, but in the decisive moments we were not clear enough with finishing our situations off,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We gave massive chances away, pretty much.
“Pretty much no-brainers, but United did well in these moments, they finished the situations off. We admit that, but that’s it pretty much.
“As I said, we could have scored the equaliser in the last four minutes! But that’s how it is.”
Liverpool’s 4-0 loss to Man United
Data from the game suggests Klopp is absolutely correct in his take here. The Analyst posted some stats on Twitter that showed that, with the Expected Goals column making for interesting reading.
Liverpool finished the game with 1.7 xG, compared to United’s 1.5 xG. In other words, neither side should have come close to four goals here but Erik Ten Hag’s side somehow managed it.
It also shows how this was a very even game in terms of chances but United took theirs. And as Klopp points out, there was a flurry of opportunities for Liverpool in the final 10 minutes that should have led to a goal.
The other takeaway here, though, was how those chances came about. The two teams had roughly the same xG but United had half the number of shots – they created a better-quality chance on average than Liverpool, who managed their xG through quantity.
We’d expect that to be a sign of Liverpool only just starting their pre-season and playing this game with 32 different players. It was very much a warm-up – not a consistent side with any rhythm.
So if the data still looks like this by the end of pre-season, we’d worry. Right now, though, there’s little to be concerned about.