Data says Liverpool are missing two of Premier League's most dangerous players
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Data says Liverpool are missing two of Premier League's most dangerous players

Data suggests Liverpool boast two of the Premier League’s most dangerous players this season. Jurgen Klopp can’t call on either of them.

Liverpool typically top most of the key stats around the Premier League. Over the last few years, if one of their players didn’t beat everyone else in the league, they had someone in the top two or three.

That’s not the case this year. Players like Thiago, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah simply haven’t had the same effect they usually do. But that’s not to say Liverpool don’t have impressive players.

Take ‘Goal Creating Actions’, for instance. It’s a stat that measures when players are involved in goals. They don’t necessarily need to create the assist but they need to play a role in the immediate buildup. It’s a way of seeing who the most dangerous players are around the opposition box – the ones who make goals happen.

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Per Fbref, Manchester City have the three players on top, as you’d expect. Then comes Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka. This is usually where you’d see Mohamed Salah but he’s all the way down in 44th.

But despite their struggles, Liverpool do have one player in the top 10. Roberto Firmino sits in 10th, creating 0.68 goals per 90. It’s the highest rate of his career, beating out the 0.60 from the Reds’ title-winning campaign.

And seeing Firmino there just about sums everything up.

Liverpool lack players

Firmino, of course, is injury and has consistently missed games this season. He’s been ‘excellent’ when he has played, in the words of Fabinho. Liverpool need him around but he’s not there – and it’s a theme.

For instance, Liverpool have a second player in the Premier League’s top 20. In 19th sits Luis Díaz, of course, as the Colombian averages 0.59 GCA per 90.

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And Díaz is another injured Liverpool player. It sums up the season that the two most effective players in the squad this season are both injured, with Jurgen Klopp unable to call on either. He may not call on Díaz again until March.

Few players in this squad are performing at their top level and those who are, go down with injuries. It’s yet another frustration in a campaign that refuses to let up.

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