After their recent defeat to Arsenal, most Kopites agreed that whilst Liverpool had played reasonably well (if in a slightly clueless fashion at times), it was their finishing that had stopped them from claiming all three points.
With the Reds now ten points behind the much-coveted 4th place, it is surely time to start thinking about which players should be shipped out and replaced during the summer to have a better crack at it next term.
Or is it? Whilst I definitely agree with the general assessment of the Arsenal game, the most frustrating thing is that it is far from the first time this season that this has been the case. So does that mean wholesale changes are required or not?
I’m not convinced that they are. Whilst Liverpool are, clearly, far from the finished article, it has felt when watching the majority of their games this season that they have dominated their opponents, and by looking at the match stats on EPLIndex, it becomes clear that this has been the case more often than not.
Take a look at the table below. I have gone through the statistics for each Liverpool match, and recorded how many times the Reds have been out-performed by their rivals in the key match statistics:
What we can see here is that Liverpool have dominated their opponents in most aspects of the game in around three-quarters of their matches. To have had more of the ball in twenty-two out of twenty-six league games, for example, is a promising position to start from.
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