Season in Numbers: Part Four

221 – Days spent in the top four this season

From a possible 281 days, the Reds spent 221 at the top and so will surely feel that fourth place is a failure as much as it is a success. After a phenomenal start, Liverpool gradually fell down the table and eventually secured that elusive Champions League qualification spot.

22 – Punches for Simon Mignolet in league matches

The often nervy goalkeeper certainly improved towards the end of the season as he regained his place from German arrival Loris Karius. His handling improved, with his shot stopping as assured as ever, yet his control when punching corners and crosses was of particular significance when surrounded by a largely incapable defence who often came under criticism for failing to deal with such deliveries.

2 – Liverpool Standard Chartered Player of the Month awards for new arrival Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch international arrived at Anfield with much promise and didn’t disappoint as he was voted the club’s player of the month on two occasions, while Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and fellow new debutant Sadio Mane also won the award twice, with Joel Matip winning the other.

55 – Assists in the Premier League

The attacking threat of Liverpool’s forwards was once again the highlight of the entire campaign, who combined in equal measure to contribute with 55 league assists, compared to 50 last season, thus showing Jurgen Klopp’s attacking intentions.

18,366 – Successful passes in league competition

Another statistic to vastly improve on the 2015/16 season was pass completion, and the Reds completed 18,366 passes in the league this campaign, compared to a mere 15,834 last year.

4 – Times Daniel Sturridge hit the woodwork

Injury-affected Sturridge topped the list for most woodwork hits with four as he looked to get on the score sheet in every game he played this campaign, where his game time was evidently limited as Klopp favoured Divock Origi more often than not. Joel Matip followed the forward closely, having hit the woodwork on three occasions this season.

259 – Crosses from James Milner in the Premier League

The former England international was hugely impressive in an unfamiliar left-back role rather than his assured midfield spot, but Milner contributed with an astonishing 259 crosses from full back, third in the overall Premier League list which saw Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurðsson finish top on 304.

21 – Average years of age for the club’s starting XI against Plymouth

The club’s starting XI in the FA Cup tie with Plymouth at Anfield was the youngest ever sent out by a Liverpool manager (21 years, 296 days), and shows just how much faith the manager has in the youth talents at the Merseyside club.