*The stats in the article are gathered manually from Squawka. Minutes include stoppage time. Offensive, Defensive and Net rating are the totals per 100 minutes.
Over the last month I have tried to analyze the different defensive and midfield lineups used by Jurgen Klopp and how well they have done. Finally we get to the area of the field for which the Liverpool supporters should have the fewest complaints – attack. After 32 matches Liverpool are the highest scoring team in the league with 68 goals – 3 more than Chelsea, who have a game in hand. So how have our attackers done?
Even though after recent events Jurgen Klopp will need to look for alternatives, 2 of the 3 attackers in our 4-3-3 were able to stay consistently on the field up until the derby last weekend.
|Player||Minutes played||Team goals scored||Offensive rating||Team goals conceded||Defensive rating||Net team gain||Net rating|
Only Nataniel Clyne has played more PL minutes than Roberto Firmino this season. The English full back hasn’t traveled several times around the globe for international duty. It seems like the rest Firmino got against Stoke was long overdue.
A freak injury has ended Sadio Mane’s season but given the circumstances he has been very reliable. The stats evidence what our eyes have been telling us all season – the team is playing at a higher level when he is on the pitch. Hopefully there will be no complications with his injury and we will be able to enjoy Sadio for the full length of next season.
Phil Coutinho’s season started brilliantly but took a hit after suffering an injury against Sunderland in the middle of season. He missed seven games and looked off the pace after returning to the line up. Thankfully the little magician is back to his best lately.
Divock Origi has been the utility man in attack – filling in when any of the starters are unavailable. Origi is the most commonly subbed on player – 19 times. The team has struggled to dominate matches with the Belgian leading the front line.
Daniel Sturridge – a man who splits the opinion of supporters. He has played just 20% of the minutes available and is yet to play a full match this season. His goal involvement is not impressive – just 2 goals and 1 assist per Squawka. A lot of experts say he doesn’t fit the system and yet when he is on the pitch the Reds blow teams away. The numbers are not inflated by favorable sample size – the only high scoring match in which the Englishman has played major minutes is the early season 4-1 win against Leicester City. If that match is removed from the sample, Sturridge would still rank second just behind Mane in offensive rating.
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