Key Stats As Liverpool Keep The Pressure On Against Burnley

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Liverpool saw off a poor but spirited Burnley side thanks to doubles from Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. But what were the key stats from a pulsating 4-2 win on Sunday lunchtime at Anfield?

Sadio Strikes Again

If it seems like I’m doing a section on Sadio Mané every single week, but he’s very quickly become Liverpool’s most influential and important attacker. With Mo now one goal in eight and Bobby one in nine before this game, Sadio has been lighting up the Premier League. This was the eighth goal he’s scored in eight league games and the eighth in his last six home games. He now has 16 non-penalty goals which is the joint most in the Premier League and more than Mo Salah on 15.

On the day, Sadio was absolutely vital, scoring two excellent and important goals but also having the most dribbles of any Liverpool player (2/3), the joint most key passes (three) and the highest xG with 1.74 and two big chances. After a middling start to the season, Mané has exploded since Christmas, to make himself a vital cog in this Liverpool attack. And to finish, here’s a fun stat about what it means that he’s scored in six straight home league games:

Return Of The … Lallana?

Yeah now I freely admit that Adam Lallana being voted man of the match largely on merit was surprising to me too, but he really was brilliant. His off the ball performance was as exceptional and we’ve come to expect from Adam Lallana, with 4/4 tackles and an interception. But his on the ball performance was strong too. He played a crucial part in both of the first two goals, made two key passes and a dribble to add to the mix.

Another man returning to the starting line-up was one Roberto Firmino, a man who was sorely missing from goalless draws against Everton and Man United. Bobby showed what he brings to the table, with two goals, a game high 1.71 xG Build and a game high 3.30 xG Chain. Bobby scored both of his big chances and was involved in almost everything good that Liverpool did. Tom Heaton deserves a lot of the credit for both of Bobby’s goals with his errors, but you can only take the chances that are put in front of you and Bobby did sensationally well to do just that. Here’s a stat to show just how important Bobby is to this team.

Record-Setting Reds Continue Fine Season

Two fantastic little stats here to finish the article, both of which I’m hoping will contextualise the job that Jurgen Klopp is doing, particularly at Anfield where Liverpool have dropped just four points all season, and haven’t lost in the Premier League since 2017.

Defensive Situation Continues To Impress

Yeah okay we conceded twice but the first was a disgraceful goal from the officials’ perspective and the second we were caught napping. Overall, though, Liverpool were excellent with Virgil Van Dijk continuing to make his case for Player of the Year. 3/3 tackles, four clearances, an interception and 7/7 aerials is excellent as ever. Liverpool’s defence has been the bedrock of their season, as this was the 22nd game this season that they’ve conceded less than one xG, with 19 wins from those 22. Unfortunately for Liverpool, those three draws have come in their last three away games.

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  1. Red i am sorry thats what we hope for but we know with a serial bottler in charge with all his tactical incompetencies, fondness for average players like Henderson instead of Shaqiri or Keita, we know that is not happening. Not this year, not with a serial bottler here. This is a chap that constantly collects runners up medal and can blew a 7 point lead in a matter of weeks while playing less games . He does not even have the guts to take on a injury ravaged United.
    I hope i am wrong but am pretty sure it would not be our name on the trophy in May.

  2. I agree with points by both of you. I truly believe that we are still very much in it but……Mr. Klopp’s fondness for Jordan Henderson is really worrying. If you look at our best performance midfield set up’s this year he has been in maybe one and it’s blatantly clear that he has been one of our worst preforming players yet gets to keep the armband and his spot week in week out. Fans and reporters along with Mr. Klopp who try to justify Henderson’s inclusion point to experience. Experience…EXPERIENCE!!!! He’s not better than Milner in any aspect of the game that includes leadership. Lallana gets fit and immediately has a profound impact on the game he is started in. With pressure and assist go to Henderson who has no goal and no assists and follows the ball around like a first time youth player
    (watch him before you deny it) closing down space and options for any other midfielder to see firstly and then have options to create.
    Watch Fabinho watch Gini these players make space first for themselves then pick passes that aren’t seen or even available to Henderson because he has ran right up to the players with the ball limiting options to either them (in playing the ball) or himself in playing after he receives it. So don’t talk to me about experience when making any argument for his inclusion!

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