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7 Liverpool Statistics influenced by Brendan Rodgers

After securing league positions of 7, 6, 8 and 7 in the last 4 seasons, not many would have guessed Liverpool to be one of the title contenders at the end of this season (2013-14) with 5 games in hand. Considering the relative Financial Position of Liverpool, they were not the candidates (at the beginning) to challenge the financial giants Chelsea and Manchester City. However, with their performance they have changed the opinion. Most quoted reason for this transformation is “Brendan Rodgers”. In this article, we are going to produce some of the statistics to support the points on how Brendan Rodgers have transformed Liverpool.

Liverpool - League Position over seasons

Liverpool – League Position over seasons

1. INSTILLING THE PASSING STYLE

One thing that no one can refute is Liverpool’s play is so beautiful to watch this season. Their players are enjoying themselves on the pitch. Brendan has transformed the team into a passing side. His philosophy of “Death by Football” has been well instilled into the team. Their pass success percentage has increased really high.

Liverpool Pass Success Percentage over seasons

Liverpool Pass Success Percentage over seasons

Liverpool players who are moved out of the club since Brendan Rodgers took over

Players – Out

2. CLEARING THE DEAD WOOD

9 players with equal to or more than 28 years of age have moved out of the club. This is really important since it cleared out space for a lot of young talent and it has helped them to grow as well. Apart from these 9 players, Charlie Adam and Andy Caroll were moved out since they didn’t actually fit the system well and were costing a huge amount of money. Clearing these players helps in reducing Liverpool’s wages expense too. Sticking to players who fit in the system is pivotal for the team’s development and Brendan has been pretty clear in this mission.

3. IMPACT MAKING TRANSFERS 

The impact made by Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Simon Mignolet, Kolo Touré and Mamadou Sakho among other Brendan’s signings have been really high. All these players have been continuously featuring in the starting XI. The average age of all these players except Kolo is pretty much on the lower side. Signing players who fit in and showcase high impact is one of the key trait of a great Manager. Brendan seems to have got it.

4. EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF YOUTH ACADEMY

Liverpool’s Youth academy has been producing players who directly walk into the First team. It may not be entirely Brendan’s effort, but giving opportunity for emerging talents in the main squad is definitely a trait to be appreciated. Players like Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling have been contributing like major transfer signings. An interesting statistic is that 37% of Liverpool’s PL goals and 38% of Liverpool’s PL assists have been contributed by the new signings and the youth academy promoted players. 

Liverpool - goals and assists by Brendan's New Players

Liverpool – goals and assists by Brendan’s New Players

5. DEVELOPING KEY PLAYERS

Three key factors have helped Brendan to build his Red army.

(1) Retaining Luis Suarez and making him lethal in front of goal. 

(2) Signing Daniel Sturridge and creating a wonderful strike partnership with Suarez.

(3) Developing Steven Gerrard even at an age of 33.

Brendan's Red Army - Sturridge - Gerrard - Suarez

Brendan’s Red Army – Sturridge – Gerrard – Suarez

These three players have together contributed 72% of Liverpool’s PL goals and 49% of Liverpool’s PL assists.

6. MAKING ANFIELD A FORTRESS AGAIN

The following statistics will be self-explanatory to prove this point. 

a) If Liverpool secures 6 points from the 3 remaining games at Anfield, they will surpass their highest home Premier League points of 48 (Current home points is 43).

b) Liverpool are one win away from their highest number of Premier League home games won in a season.

c) They have just lost 5 points at home so far (14 Wins 1 Draw 1 Loss)

d) Current goal tally of 48 home goals and their current Goal Difference of 35 are their highest ever in Premier League.

Anfield is a Fortress again

Anfield is a Fortress again

7. ATTACKING EARLY AND KILLING OFF OPPONENTS

One interesting characteristic of the current Liverpool side is that they usually score early into the game and kill off the opponents. They are known to have scored majority of their goals in the first half of the game. 60% of their goals have been scored in first 45 minutes of their game. This has helped them in securing wins comfortably and settling  the game to bed early.

Liverpool - Goals by Scored Time

Liverpool – Goals by Scored Time

With all these observations, we can definitely say that Liverpool have a great manager in Brendan Rodgers at just 41 years of age. There is a lot to be expected from Brendan in the upcoming seasons and it will be exciting for the Premier League to have such managers in hunt for the title. 

Please share your opinion as comments. 

Top Strike Partnerships – 2013-14 season

There are 3 strike partnership who have started strongly in terms of their contribution of goals this season.

  1. Liverpool’s Luis Suárez – Daniel Sturridge partnership contributed 21 goals
  2. Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero – Álvaro Negredo partnership contributed 21 goals
  3. Manchester United’s Robin van Persie – Wayne Rooney partnership contributed 20 goals

Among these 3, Liverpool and Manchester United have more dependance on these strikers than Manchester City. If fit till end, these partnerships will take their teams to the title battle in an interesting and a highly competitive manner.

Barclays Premier League 2013-14 - Top Strike Partnerships

Barclays Premier League 2013-14 – Top Strike Partnerships

 

5 Observations from first 11 Liverpool league games

Liverpool currently stands second at the end of 11 Barclays Premier League games. Last time this happened was in 2008-09 season when Liverpool also finished second at the end of the season. Five interesting observations from Liverpool performance this year are as follows:

1. LUCKY PERIOD 36’-40’: Almost one-quarter of Liverpool’s goals are scored between 36’ to 40’ of the matches.

Liverpool scored 23.8% of goals between 36' and 40'

Liverpool scored 23.8% of goals between 36′ and 40′

2. BOMBARDING FIRST HALF: Liverpool has scored 76.2% of their goals (21) in the first half of the matches.

Liverpool has scored 76% of their goals in First Half

Liverpool has scored 76% of their goals in First Half

3. SHAKY SECOND HALF: Liverpool conceded 70% of their goals (7 out of 10) in the second half of the matches.

Liverpool conceded 70% of goals in second half of the game

Liverpool conceded 70% of goals in second half of the game

4. DOMINATION AGAINST BOTTOM DWELLERS: 52% of goals are scored against the bottom four teams (Stoke City, Fulham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace) in the league currently.

Liverpool has scored 52.4% of goals against bottom four teams

Liverpool has scored 52.4% of goals against bottom four teams

5. VERY HIGH DEPENDENCE ON SAS: Apart from two penalties scored by Steven Gerrard, 84.2% of Liverpool goals have been scored by either Sturridge or Suarez.

Sturridge and Suarez have scored almost 80% of Liverpool goals

Sturridge and Suarez have scored almost 80% of Liverpool goals

 

10 interesting facts from Gameweek 12 EPL 2012-13 season

Gameweek 12 ended with 35 goals, 3 clean sheets, 23 yellow cards, 2 red cards, 6 home wins, 3 away wins and a draw in 10 matches. Statistics is provided by EPL Statistics.

1. Yet another High scoring North London Derby

This year’s North London derby at Emirates Stadium became a carbon copy of last year result 5-2. Last 5 matches between Spurs and Gunners at Emirates resulted in 30 goals scored between them. Adebayor received the 20th red card of the season.

Adebayor Red Carded

Adebayor Red Carded

2. Luis Suarez on target once again

Luis Suarez was on target in the last 4 consecutive matches. This week he scored a brace to put Liverpool in its best position (11th in the table) so far in this season. More importantly, with an assist and a goal, Jose Enrique was the best player on the field. The goal was his first ever goal for Liverpool in all competitions.

3. Manchester remains Villans’ most dreaded place

With this weekend 5-0 loss to Manchester City, Aston Villa had played 36 premier league matches in Manchester so far (Both the clubs included). Among these, only 3 occasions did they win and in another 6 occasions they managed to draw. The rest 27 matches were won by the Manchester clubs.

4. Guzmán opens his PL account against Magpies

Jonathan de Guzmán scored his first premier league goal versus Newcastle United in a 2-1 win. Demba Ba scored his 9th goal (9 out of 14 goals of Newcastle) this season in the extra time, but it didn’t help the team. The loss has left Newcastle in their worst position (12th in the table) this season.

5. QPR remains victory-less after 12 games

Saints came out victorious in the Battle between the bottom two. Queens Park Rangers is the only club in the premier league now without a win.

6. Reading kick-starts, but a little lately

Reading kept its first clean sheet of the season in the last match and this gameweek they won their first match of the campaign this week against Everton. This brings to end the 8-match unbeaten streak of Everton.

7. Another stellar home performance by the Baggies

Chelsea remains win less for the fourth match since they lost to Manchester United. West Bromwich Albion on the other hand proved that they are really strong at home by winning their 6th in 7 matches.

Petr Cech tries to stop the ball

Petr Cech tries to stop the ball

8. First Arsenal! Next Stoke! Now Manchester United for Norwich!!

Norwich city is on a very good run of matches remaining undefeated in 5 matches. That comes in style as it includes wins against Arsenal and Man United. Norwich are currently positioned at their highest position (13th) in the table this season.

9. Fulham’s bad run continues

Fulham was a run of 3 matches without a win and it worsened with the loss against Sunderland. Fulham is the second highest scoring club in the league after Manchester United. This is Sunderland’s second win of the season.

10. West Ham vs Stoke City

Stoke City is determined to have the most number of draws in the season as they drew 7th match in 12 games. They have conceded the second least number of goals this season after Manchester City.

EPL 2012-13 Gameweek 9 "900 minutes of excitement"

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28 goals were scored, 4 cleansheets have been maintained, 4 home teams won, 4 home teams drew and 2 home teams lost in this exciting Gameweek 9. The week also witnessed 4 red cards and weird refereeing decisions. The most craziest moment of the gameweek was the diving celebration of Luis Suarez in front of Everton bench.

Luis Suarez diving celebration

Luis Suarez diving celebration

1. Both Aston Villa and Norwich battled to keep ahead of the relegation pit and had shared the spoils of the battle with a 1-1 draw.

2. After a win-less drought of 6 matches, Wigan managed to win against West Ham with a 2-1 scoreline.

3. Stoke City and Sunderland battle it out for their ‘Most draws in a season?’ competition with a goal-less draw piling up their 6th draw in 9th and 8th match respectively.

4. Reading failed to register a single win in 8 matches as they drew with Fulham by scoring 3 goals each. The match was exciting with 5 goals scored in the last 30 minutes. The match also produced brilliant long range strikes from Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) and Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).

5. A draw for QPR was denied by an offside late goal by Mikel Arteta. Arsenal won the match 1-0 against a 10-men QPR and finished the week at 6th position in the table.

6. A stunning goal from Carlos Tevez, solid goalkeeping by Joe Hart and injuries to Michel Vorm (Swansea) and Micah Richards (Man City) featured in the dramatic 1-0 win for Man City against Swansea. This is the second cleansheet for the Citizens in 9 matches, but they are the only team in the league to remain undefeated.

Carlos Tevez against Swansea

Carlos Tevez against Swansea

7. Luis Suarez proved his worth once again by playing a role in both the goals for Liverpool. However they couldn’t contain Everton from leveling as Osman and Naismith scored before halftime. The match ended 2-2 to become the first merseyside draw after 12 years at Goodison Park.

8. Southampton is the most goal conceding team with 26 goals conceded in 9 matches. The next close team conceded 18 goals (8 short). Spurs contributed to this pie with 2 goals from Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey. Tottenham are in a very good run with 5 wins in 6 matches putting them in 4th rank in the table. Their hunger and passion in the pursuit of Champions League football grows more and more every year.

9. Papiss Cisse scored his first goal of the season with a deflection from his back to record a win for Newcastle against West Brom in the extra time. Earlier Demba Ba scored a goal resulting in 8 goals out of 12 Newcastle goals coming just from him.

10. An amazing start to the match yielded Manchester United to score 2 goals in 12 minutes. However Chelsea became steady and came back with a wonderful free kick goal from Juan Mata and another goal from Ramires before 60 minutes. Then came the disaster for Chelsea in the form of a red card to Ivanovic for a challenge on Ashley Young. A red card to Torres for diving (second yellow) and an offside goal allowed for Chicharito hit Chelsea at the head and resulted in their first loss of the season.

Peep into important matches from Gameweek 10:

1. Manchester United vs Arsenal: With Manchester United winning last 3 matches and looking strong in attack and Arsenal recently struggling against Norwich and QPR, the match is set to be an entertaining one. Arsenal have to win it to keep up with teams like Spurs, Everton and Fulham whereas Manchester United have to win this match to mount more pressure on Chelsea and city rivals.

2. QPR vs Reading: A relegation zone battle. These two teams are the only teams who haven’t won a single match this season. A battle among them at least should produce a first win for one of the teams.