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Stats Show How Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ Liverpool Hit The Right Notes

By on June 20, 2020 0 54 Views

Liverpool are on the cusp of winning their first-ever English Premier League (EPL) trophy and their stellar run has highlighted their transformation.

It is a story of how manager Juergen Klopp transformed a club struggling to mount consistent title challenges into one of the best teams in the world.

With 27 wins and 82 points under their belt after only one defeat all season, red-hot Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace to leave teams behind them in their wake.

They are now six points shy of ending a 30-year wait for the top-flight title.

Compared to Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have vastly improved at both ends of the pitch —– creating more chances, converting chances more effectively and conceding fewer shots on goal.

In 173 matches after adopting Klopp’s aggressive “heavy metal” approach, Liverpool have scored 2.15 goals per game compared to 1.9 under Rodgers.

Their shot conversion rate has also gone up from 11.09 percent to 13.24 percent, according to Gracenote data.

“Liverpool have improved the quality of their chances under Klopp’s leadership,” said Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote.

“During the 2015/2016 season in which Klopp took over, the average chance of a Liverpool goal attempt going in was 9.5 percent according to Gracenote’s statistical modelling. This season, that critical number sits at 12.8 percent.”

Much of that is down to Klopp’s lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

They scored 38 goals and grabbed 20 assists to push Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the role of a full-back with 12 assists —- second only to Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who has 16.

In defence, Liverpool now concede 8.26 shots per match compared to 10.7 under Rodgers.

The drastic improvement is largely due to the club record 75 million pound (92.85 million pounds) signing of centre-back Virgil van Dijk in 2018.

In 83 games since the Dutchman’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have lost only five times and conceded 56 goals.

This is compared to 24 defeats and 100 goals conceded in the same period prior to the club securing his services.

“Since his debut in January 2018, the club have almost cut the number of goals they concede by half and have taken a third more points in comparison to the same number of matches prior to his arrival,” Gleave added.

As things stand, the European champions are on course to eclipse league records for most points in a season (100), most points at home (55) and most wins (32).

The Herald NG. – Georgina Bode

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