Liverpool were in scintillating form once again as they took apart Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium in order to move back into the Premier League’s top four, with Mo Salah and Phil Coutinho once again the stars of the show. But what were the stats that jumped out at me from the game?
Away Hot Streak
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017
There are plenty of stats to fall under this topic, but let’s start with the one above. I’ve mentioned before that Liverpool’s away form since Klopp adopted the 4-2-4 has been red hot, and again today that proved to be the case, as the Reds racked up their fourth consecutive emphatic away win. In those four games, the Reds have scored 16 goals, conceding twice (including that nonsense Brighton penalty).
Overall this season, Liverpool have found goals easy to come by away from home, scoring three goals or more in six of their nine away games, totalling 24 goals – the joint most in the league with City away from home. This speaks volumes about Liverpool’s all or nothing style this season – seven of Liverpool’s nine Premier League wins this season have been by three goals or more.
All of this makes for pretty fun reading, but Liverpool have also had two huge defeats away from home, speaking to a much more open style of play with 17 of the Reds’ 20 goals conceded in the league coming away from Anfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain Steps Up
Having previously criticised Oxlade-Chamberlain for his problems, specifically his lack of creativity, it seemed only fair to praise him for doing very well this weekend. Four key passes, the joint most in the side with Phil; two dribbles, again joint most with Phil; and his xA was 0.30, the third best in the team behind Phil and Bobby – with an assist coming from Salah’s goal too.
Ox was brilliant in central midfield, offering an attacking outlet, but also pressing magnificently too – with three tackles and three interceptions, one of which led to him hitting the post from his own press. More performances like this are required, with Lallana’s presence in central midfield barely missed today.
Salah and Coutinho Hit The Numbers
Plenty of pundits are happy to point out that in football, the only stat that matters is goals. And with that in mind, it’s worth noting how dead good our two best players this season have been at doing the goals.
Salah now has 20 goals for the season in just 2,023 minutes, averaging a goal every 101 minutes, with four assists on top of that to make a goal or assist every 84 minutes. Coutinho meanwhile, has 10 goals and 7 assists in significantly less time – 1243 minutes. That works out as a goal every 124 minutes, and a goal or assist every 73 minutes.
I know I talk about these two players every single week. But to be blunt, I’ll stop talking about them when they stop being insanely good. Coutinho was man of the match yet again today and between them Salah and Coutinho have now been Whoscored’s MOTM in 9 of our 18 league games. I know MOTM isn’t really a valid stat, but either way that’s absolutely insane.