How Much of the Reds’ Chance Creation Has Been Lucky This Season?

How Much of the Reds’ Chance Creation Has Been Lucky This Season?
March 21, 2019 Andrew Beasley

 

Statistics correct as at 12th March 2019.

Liverpool failing to score is a rare occurrence these days. It only happened nine times in the 56 matches which made up the 2017/18 campaign. That tally included a League Cup match, a game played with 10 men for 53 minutes, the deadest of dead rubber games against Porto and three league matches directly following Champions League quarter- or semi-final legs. When it really mattered, the Reds usually found the net at least once last season.

The pattern has continued in 2018/19, with Liverpool averaging a shade over two goals per game, and only failing to score in three of their first 34 matches. And nine goals in the last five games sounds healthy enough, until you realise four against Burnley and five against Watford accompanied three 0-0s in that sequence.

In isolation, goalless draws with Bayern Munich and at Manchester United and Everton are far from horrendous results. However, concerns have been raised from fans that Liverpool’s midfield play can be stodgy at times, and that the players in the engine room are not creative enough.

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