We’ve been collecting Pressing Stats since 2013 on Anfield Index and after after attending the game at Anfield I expected some unbelievable pressing numbers from the non-stop epic draw against Arsenal, and I wasn’t wrong! Liverpool’s pressing effort was one of the very best against Arsenal as they pressed the ball every 1.85 of passes Arsenal attempted! This is very close to the unbelievable performance at Sunderland where Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side pressed every 1.68 passes Sunderland attempted. Simon Brundish and I analysed the pressing stats and on-ball stats on our podcast and you can have a listen to the full analysis of the pressing stats on the podcast embedded below. There are also supporting heat map/pressing map combinations below so that you can understand what we are talking about in the podcast.
You can have a listen to the podcast via the embed option below or downloading via the link below.
The heat map below has been used via the Daily Mail’s Opta Match Zone so a massive thank you to them for this service as we wouldn’t be able to provide these images with out them.
So meshed together AnfieldIndex’s pressing stats and heat maps via Opta to bring you analysis of the game that you’ve never seen before. You’ll see that using Opta’s on-ball heat maps and our very own off-ball pressing stats brings to the fore how Liverpool pressed Sunderland to a pulp with recording breaking low levels of opposition passes per press from Liverpool.
The podcast embedded above has all the analysis and the images below support the content so please do have a listen and any feedback either on this article on the @AnfieldIndex Twitter account is appreciated!
Liverpool Pressing Vs Arsenal