Liverpool broke two important records as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved within two points of league leaders Chelsea with a 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
The Reds have now scored 39 league-leading goals – their highest goal tally at this point in a high profile campaign – and have become just the second high profile English club to score two or more goals in 17 consecutive matches in all competitions. .
Sunderland scored two or more goals for 17 straight games in 1927.
But the impressive returns extend to a host of attacking metrics, registering record numbers for goals, shots, shots on target, assists, expected assists and chances created.
The form of the team
The graph below shows Liverpool’s average positions with common pass combinations between positions – with larger circles representing a higher passing frequency – in addition to the attack threat in the last third of the channels.
The visualizations reveal that all defenders and midfielders attempt passes to almost equal extent, typically passing the ball through the wide channels – with 41% of attacks developing on the right flank.
This threat from the right side can also be seen on the assist map below, with a high frequency of longer passes drawn from this privileged channel, while the Reds recorded only one lone assist from ‘one pass from the left side into the box so far.
Mohamed Salah has clearly played a pivotal role in recent goal scoring records, scoring 11 goals, a league record and eight assists, peaking, you guessed it, at 19 goals, a league record.
This tally of league appearances is only one point away from overtaking its closest rivals: Jamie Vardy and Emmanuel Dennis. Indeed, Salah has been involved in 25 goals in all competitions – Following than double that of any other Premier League player.
Salah makes the headlines of the devastating attack, but is far from the only source. Three other Liverpool players rank fifth in the Premier League with eight goals: Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Looking only at the goals, the formidable options of Salah, Mane, Jota and Roberto Firmino all produce sensational 90s returns.
Firmino’s playing time has been cut to just 369 league minutes, largely due to injuries and the emergence of Jota – but the Brazilian actually has the club’s best goal ratio this quarter at 0.98 for 90 after his hat-trick against Watford.
When it comes to the creators, as mentioned earlier, Salah also tops the assists chart, but right-back Alexander-Arnold is a shy of the Egypt international and sets the stage for the opportunities created and assists by 90.
Direct line analyzed
Salah’s positioning and movements differ somewhat from the other three players in Liverpool’s attack, with a touchdown zone concentrated on the right touchline, inside the opponents’ half.
The odds map created below shows how this hotspot of activity above is also the Egyptian’s primary realm for sculpting opportunities for his teammates, while his usual box workouts and cutbacks produce almost all his shots.
Unlike Salah’s heat map, Mane and Jota venture onto the pitch much more frequently, with the latter having a higher proportion of touches in the opponents’ box – while Firmino plays deeper into his unorthodox false nine role.
Interestingly, Mane and Jota are stuck on seven goals apiece, but also attempts to shoot in similar areas. However, the map below does support the heat maps above – suggesting that Jota spawns to convert more frequently in the six meter box.
Full-backs and Hendo analyzed
Of course, Alexander-Arnold backs Salah on Liverpool’s deadly right channel and has already tied all seven assists from last season – on track to breaking his record of 13 assists set in 2019/20.
The card below shows every pass leading up to a shot made by the 23-year-old and his full-back Andrew Robertson, revealing the overwhelming bias of the threat coming from the right channel – although Robertson was 176 minutes shorter.
Finally, it would be unfair to leave Jordan Henderson out of the creative fold, having also notched two assists in the league this season and placing behind Alexander-Arnold and Salah in the chances created.
Again, the Liverpool captain usually starts on the right side of a three-way midfielder, with the majority of his passes also occurring just inside the opposing half of the field, on that right flank, while still sidelining also moving in the central areas in the two halves to sweep and penetrate.
Next up for Liverpool is the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, when Klopp’s side look to capitalize on an out of form Everton side to keep the momentum going in their title tilt. Will the sacking of goals continue to roar?
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