There’s some discrepancy in the stats reported on MLSSoccer.com as they’ve stated 660 passes but when the stats were added up on the Chalkboards it stated 712. Not sure what to think about that but the passing stats are still very impressive.
It was a friendly game but Liverpool haven’t managed over 700 passes since playing Bolton on Boxing Day in 2008 (via @SteMc74). Jamie Carraghar and Jose Enrique completed the most accurate passes whilst Jose played the most passes in a game. It’s a given in Brendon Rodgers’ sides that the defenders see a lot of the ball. You will find that Swansea’s defenders attempted the most passes in their side. They keep the ball and pass side to side frustrating their opponents as seen in this game where Liverpool kept almost 70% of the possession.
Raheem Sterling not only impressed creatively but he was involved in the most tackles in the game winning 80% of them. Danny Wilson was the other stand out winning all three of his tackles.
Raheem Sterling created once chance and attained one assist therefore becoming the most creative in the game. The part in the goal was excellent and hopefully a sign of things to come from the teenager.
A few Chalkboards from the game:
Impressive passing from Liverpool as stated in our tweet below (click on the images above to enlarge):
One last thing before we go check out the goalkeeper distribution – the keepers only kicked long twice and both of those were from Peter Gulacsi. It looks like Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy of pass, pass, pass is coming into play immediately with the youth team and reserves. Will the majority of the first team adapt as easily? It’s certainly easier to teach the youth to adapt but can you teach an old dog new tricks?
Further Opta stats from the game are available at MLSSoccer.com.