Season in Numbers: Part Six

18 – Goals conceded in the league at Anfield

With an impressive home record, Liverpool managed to capture fourth place in the table as they conceded just 18 goals in their 19 games at home. They did, however, concede 24 goals away from home, signifying a major area for improvement.

206 – Tackles lost compared in league matches

In 38 league games, the Merseyside club lost a total of 206 tackles as they regained their Champions League spot. The total was 194 last season, conveying perhaps a lack of consistency in their tackling and also posing a minor problem for a club that must improve next year.

236 – Shots on target in the Premier League

The Reds had 236 efforts on target this season in their 38 league matches, compared to 202 in the last campaign. It epitomises Jurgen Klopp’s attacking philosophy, with countless shots peppering the opposition goal in every game under his reign.

0 – Red cards in league matches

Liverpool were extremely composed with regards to their tackling and incredibly didn’t pick up a single red card all season in the Premier League. The aggressive pressing technique used by Klopp is evidently effective in causing panic in opposition defences, while it is also intriguing to know that clearly, no player went overboard with their tackles.

20 – Points against teams in the top six

The Reds came top in the Premier League top six ‘mini-table’ as they picked up an impressive 20 points against other sides in the top six. It proves both Liverpool’s knack for turning up in the big games, but more worryingly points to the miserable form against teams in the bottom half.

7 – Penalties scored in the league and cup

James Milner banged in all seven of the penalties scored by Liverpool in the league and cup, missing one in the 0-0 draw with Southampton at Anfield in May. Milner scored the most penalties in the Premier League across all clubs, with Jermain Defoe second on five.

10 – Players who made their debut for the club

Klopp is a huge fan of handing out debuts, especially amongst the youngsters at the club as they experienced first team football in the early rounds of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

11 – Games unbeaten in the league

Liverpool’s longest unbeaten run in the league campaign lasted from August to November, where the Reds were clinical going forward and often solid at the back. This form then disappeared dramatically at the turn of the year, where Liverpool fell down the table before securing fourth place.

30,071 – Touches of the ball in 38 league games

This stunning figure was second only to Manchester City, who amassed 30,363, yet proves that Klopp’s philosophy involves huge amounts of possession as he aims to control games from the first whistle.

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