Liverpool’s most shocking dry spell statistics
Ashley Barnes’ late penalty on Thursday night secured a win for Burnley at Anfield that might have been unthinkable for some.
But for anyone who has watched Liverpool regularly over the past few weeks, it was too predictable.
Jurgen Klopp’s team ran out of ideas in the final third, with even the surprise inclusions of Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi unable to inspire a break with what has become the norm from the start. of the year.
Aside from the Aston Villa FA Cup procession, the Reds have scored just once in over 400 minutes of league football. And the statistics are much more damning than that …
Burnley’s victory blew the air of Anfield invincibility from Liverpool, with Barnes ‘penalty ending the Reds’ 68 games unbeaten in the home league.
He came out following a 0-0 home draw with Manchester United, and means they haven’t managed to score in successive league games at Anfield since May 2012, when West Brom and Fulham have both beat Kenny Dalglish’s team.
By the way, each of the same duo have taken points from the Reds since December.
One thing that should come like some One encouragement for those of a Liverpool persuasion is that chances are created… they just aren’t marked.
Taking the xG numbers at face value, they should have scored 7-8 times since Sadio Mane opened against West Brom in December.
Instead, they scored 0.
Liverpool attempted 27 shots against Burnley. None of them entered.
Since that strike by Mane against West Brom, they’ve attempted 87 in total. None of them entered.
It’s no wonder Klopp finds it hard to believe what he sees. Especially when you see Leeds, who are on the worst second set in this regard, have only attempted 27 shots since their last goal.
Do you know what you do at the end of the year when you’re trying to kick bad habits out and embark on a journey of personal development?
Sod that, Liverpool did the opposite.
If Klopp’s side have decided not to score in the Premier League for the entirety of 2021, so far so good.
In terms of league goals, they are currently outscored by Andy Carroll, Michael Keane, David McGoldrick, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and goalkeepers at Eibar and Newport County.
Now is not the best time to be Trent Alexander-Arnold, is it? The Liverpool golden boy is in his worst form since appearing on the first team stage, and after giving the ball a record 38 times against Southampton, he broke his own record by giving it 39 times against Burnley.
The third highest total to have given the ball in a Premier League game this season? Trent Alexander-Arnold against Newcastle (31).
Against Burnley, he also became the first player in any of the past five seasons to attempt more than 12 crosses in a game and not complete a single one.
It may sound like a stretch to argue that any Liverpool player has directed him against the Clarets, but while it is a frustrating watch, statistics suggest that one player has more than pulled his weight.
Sadio Mane has created nine chances on his own: the most Liverpool players in a league game since Klopp’s appointment.
If there’s one thing Sam Allardyce can do, it’s step into the shoes of the best bosses in the game.
But even by his standards, he shook Liverpool.
Since Allardyce’s West Brom responded to Sadio Mane’s opener by parking the bus even more, the Reds have failed to score in 432 league minutes, losing 12 of the 15 points available to them during that time. period.
They have also played four successive league games without scoring – something that has not happened to Jurgen Klopp since 2006, when he was in charge of Mainz.