As the Raheem Sterling contract saga rumbles interminably on, the following tweet appeared in my timeline on Wednesday night.
The stats here are undoubtedly impressive, not least for a 20 year old playing in a team that has struggled to get close to the heights of 2013/14. They don’t take any account of how much time Sterling has spent on the pitch though, so I’ve taken a closer look by factoring that information in.
Any Liverpool fan you talk to will wax lyrical about the magic of the Coutinho-Sturridge partnership, and how the Brazilian will be setting up chances galore for the England international when he finally returns from injury.
Has this actually been the case regularly in the past though? Everyone remembers fantastic assists from Coutinho to Sturridge against Newcastle, Fulham, Everton and Arsenal, but what’s the chance creation story for their whole time together in the Premier League?
Posted in Assists, Brendan Rodgers, Chances Created, Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool FC, Luis Suárez, Philipe Coutinho, Premier League, Raheem Sterling, Statistical Analysis
- Tagged Coutinho to Sturridge stats, Sterling to Sturridge stats
On the 6th December, Liverpool hosted Sunderland at Anfield, and laboured their way to a 0-0 draw in which they only had two shots on target. Rickie Lambert lead the line that day, with a threesome of Sterling, Lallana and Coutinho (can you see where SLiCk comes from now?!) behind him.
The match was Liverpool’s twenty-second of the season, yet it was only the sixth time that this trio had appeared on the pitch at the same time. Now that they’ve played together in the Reds’ last five games, with impressive results, I thought I’d take a quick look at the impact they have had and how well they have linked up.
By scoring with his first touch in the Reds’ 3-0 win at Southampton, Raheem Sterling bagged the seventh league goal by a Liverpool substitute since Brendan Rodgers took charge of the club in the summer of 2012.
I wasn’t sure if seven goals was a particularly decent contribution by Liverpool’s bench or not, and it turns out it isn’t, as the table below demonstrates.
On the face of it, the headline stats suggested that this was a fairly even contest. You wouldn’t expect to lose a match 3-1 when you’ve had 61.5% of the possession, created seven chances to your opponents’ six, had an equal number of shots on target (four), and only three fewer shots in total. Yet looking deeper into the numbers reveals where the issues were.
Posted in Away Form, Brendan Rodgers, Chalkboards, Chance Quality, Chances Created, Crossing, Final Third, Liverpool FC, Philipe Coutinho, Premier League, Raheem Sterling, Shots In The Box, Shots On Target, Statistical Analysis, Stats Zone
- Tagged Liverpool Analysis
This first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 4th July 2013.
Liverpool academy director Frank McParland and his team can be mightily pleased with their achievements in 2012/13. This season was a fantastic year for Liverpool’s academy, as several of its graduates made a real impression upon Brendan Rodgers’ first team.
Seven young Reds (Morgan, Suso, Wisdom, Yesil, Sinclair, Coady and Ibe) made their senior debuts for the club, and Raheem Sterling made his first start after three substitute appearances at the tail end of 2011/12, meaning that the Academy provided more new players for the first team than in any previous season in the Premier League era.
Posted in Andre Wisdom, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC, Premier League, Raheem Sterling, Suso, Youth Team
- Tagged Andre Wisdom Stats, Frank McParland, Liverpool FC Stats, Raheem Sterling Stats, Suso Stats
I read an interesting stat on the @Optajoe twitter feed today:
6 – Liverpool have named three teenagers in their starting XI six times in the PL this season, no other club has done this once. Youth.
The famous trio is Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso, and here are the matches in question: