Liverpool’s Scoring And Defending Is Showing Progress

After the Reds bagged their second 3-0 win in a row against Sunderland tonight, I thought I’d have a look at how their attacking and defensive records compare to seasons past in the Premier League.

The good news is, that even after a difficult first half to the season, they are looking good.

Liverpool have scored 1.62 goals per game so far this season, which is slightly ahead of the club’s total Premier League record of 1.60, and better than every season since 2008/09. Indeed, the Reds have only topped this tally in eight of the previous twenty seasons.

Similarly, they’ve only failed to score in 19% of their games so far, a record which has only been bettered by the club in six previous Premier League seasons, and is comfortably better than their average performance of 23.6%.

Scoring three-or-more goals in 28.6% of their matches is a decent return too. Only once in the past eleven seasons have the Reds done this more frequently (and no prizes for guessing that this was in 2008/09), and it is well clear of Liverpool’s average of 23.5%

At the other end things aren’t so clear-cut, but there are still grounds for optimism.

The main issue is the frequency with which the team have conceded two-or-more goals. This has happened in ten games already, which equates to 47.6% of the total, and is the worst defensive performance in this regard by Liverpool in the Premier League era.

However, the team has also recorded eight clean sheets this season, and only one team in the Premier League (Stoke City) currently has more.

Not only that, but with shutouts managed in 38.1% of the games, it means that Liverpool are outperforming their record in half of the previous twenty seasons; no mean feat considering how often they are letting in two-or-more at present.

So there’s still work to be done, but Brendan Rodgers would be justified in thinking that his project just might be on the right track.

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3 thoughts on “Liverpool’s Scoring And Defending Is Showing Progress

  1. Here’s a quick look at our attacking metrics this season (as well as one or two others) compared to United’s.

    Total Shots:

    Liverpool 257 Man Utd 256

    Shots on Target:

    Liverpool 99 Man Utd 126

    Shots off Target:

    Liverpool 158 Man Utd 130

    Mins Per Shot:

    Liverpool 7 Man Utd 8

    Shooting Accuracy:

    Liverpool 39% Man Utd 49%

    CCC Scored/Missed:

    Liverpool 11/25 Man Utd 30/38

    CCC Conversion Rate:

    Liverpool 31% Man Utd 44%

    CCC’s Conceded:

    Liverpool 23 Man Utd 23

    Total Chances Created:

    Liverpool 264 Man Utd 257

    Mins Per Chance Created:

    Liverpool 6.83 Man Utd 7.79

    Chance Conversion:

    Liverpool 11% Man Utd 21%

    Defensive Errors:

    Liverpool 28 Man Utd 16

    Opponents’ CCC Conversion Rate:

    Liverpool’s Oppo. 57% Man Utd’s Oppo. 43%

    So we create similar amounts of chances, have similar amounts of shots, but we’re nowhere near as accurate, with our shots, or when converting our clear cut or normal chances.

    We’ve conceded exactly the same amount of CCC’s, so we’re just as bad at the back, and just as open, but our opponents are more clinical against us than against MUFC. Both teams have already made plenty of individual defensive errors leading to shots or goals. Although Liverpool have made more than most, if not all, teams in the league.

    Clinical. If we were, like Man Utd, we’d be in the top four, minimum.

    I honestly think Beez, we’re creating vast numbers of chances, which may leave us open a little at the back, but it’s certainly improving, in my view…

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