Much has been made of how Jürgen Klopp’s men always give teams chances and how they are not defensively tuned to win a marathon like the Premier League. The combination of high defensive line and late offside flags is certainly a contributing factor to how Liverpool’s defence and “leaking of chances” is viewed.
Statistically and factually, the Reds have the third-best defence in the league, with the concession of 20 goals from 26 games. Manchester City lead this metric with 17 conceded from 27 games (though when Rodri grabs the football against Everton and still doesn’t concede a penalty …) and Chelsea are second with 18 conceded from 25 games. So, how come a team as defensively tight as this can be viewed as one who is going to offer chances?
No team in the world, including Man City, go through a game without having to defend and their defensive line being tested a few times. The big teams minimise these threats though, hence they dominate games and ship in less goals. That is what Liverpool are also doing this season.
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