Liverpool recently have been playing with attacking prowess and flair; with Suarez dazzling the minds of many defenders, goals shouldn’t be coming at a begging. Unfortunately this has been the case for Liverpool and against their recent rivals Queens Park Rangers , Liverpool completely outplayed them but yet they grew in frustration at their inability to finish off their chances.
If you take a look at the stats of Liverpool’s midfield duo of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, it is quite clear they controlled the game with Charlie Adam playing the most passes and the most accurate passes with a total of 11 crosses, while Henderson played more than half of his passes forward and only a mere 14% backwards. Liverpool though seemed to be trying to ‘crash’ through the right hand side with 21% of their passes going right and only 6% left.
These Statistics above (Click on Images to enlarge) clearly prove that Liverpool have been attacking with:
- Total Shots (On Target) : LFC = 25 (8) , QPR = 7 (1)
- Corners: LFC = 17 , QPR = 5
- Possesion: LFC = 62% , QPR = 38%
- Total Passes: LFC= 530 , QPR = 329
- Total Crosses: LFC = 30 , QPR = 14
Also the impact Suarez has on the game is emphatic as his energy and touch is second to none, and you can see in the following Heat Map (left) that he covers every blade of grass in the oppositions half.
But the problem for Liverpool is that they need someone with the ability to finish off chances (Robin Van Persie like) and in the graph above (right) the highlighted stat shows they have been really poor at that; In my eyes if Kenny Dalglish is able to make his team gel and convert their chances, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with.
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