Steven Gerrard: Injury Record and Career Stats

If you ever want to know which of your club’s players are injured, or when they are due back, then will have the answer.  As Steven Gerrard is preparing for his final Liverpool game, the good folks at Physioroom have provided me with this infographic to share with you. It’s fascinating stuff, and shows how the captain has put his body on the line for Liverpool.

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Covering Ground

The FIFA website is carrying ‘distance covered’ stats for the 2014 World Cup, which is particularly interesting as this information isn’t usually available, so I thought it was worth a closer look.

They’re only small samples of course, but having never had access to this data before, it should still be of interest. FIFA break the total figures down by the distance run both  n possession and without it (though as it doesn’t add up to the total distance covered, I’m not entirely sure how it’s calculated).

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How Does Suárez Compare To Other Liverpool Top Scorers?

Often after an impressive Liverpool win, I post the stats from the match and the season as a whole, to demonstrate how well the Reds performed. However, as Luis Suárez became only the third Liverpool player to bag twenty goals in one season in the Premier League era with his hattrick against Wigan, I thought I’d take a closer look at how his record matches up to the club’s top scorers from seasons past.

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Individuals Are Performing, Now For The Team

Following the latest international break, Liverpool resume Premier League action with a match against newly-promoted Reading at home tomorrow, and the Reds really need a win.

A painful statistic doing the rounds is that both Arsenal and Liverpool have won two league games at Anfield in 2012, and Brendan Rodgers needs the Reds to move onto three home victories sooner rather than later if the pressure on him is not going to start becoming unbearable.

However, using EPLIndex’s excellent ‘Top Stats’ function, I have looked at how certain members of the Liverpool squad are performing, and whilst the team as a whole may not have hit the heights as yet under Rodgers, the stats suggest that a number of players are in fact doing really well individually.

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Striker Light: Send For Gerrard?

Whilst no Liverpool fan would particularly wish to re-live the horrors of transfer deadline day, the fact remains that the club is facing something of an issue regarding its striking options (and that’s putting it mildly). But could the answer to their problems already be on their books?

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Liverpool’s Wasted Wages

I learned today from a fellow statto Red Dan Kennett that Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Alberto Aquilani, Joe Cole, Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt account for a whopping 25% of Liverpool’s total wage bill.

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Liverpool FC 2011/12 In Stats: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

This article first appeared on The Tomkins Times on 20th May 2012. Statistics are for Premier League games only, and were sourced from EPLIndex and WhoScored.

Has there ever been a more confusing season for fans of Liverpool FC than this one? The match statistics have generally been positive, performances mixed, and results all over the place, so every fan you ask has differing views on whether Dalglish deserved to have his contract terminated.

I will be presenting the numbers for different aspects of play, to try to establish who has performed well in which areas, and how the team as a whole performed in 2011/12. I’m sure you will have read quite a few of these stats before, but this is an attempt to flesh out the story of the season through all of the numbers available. To start, some interesting stats about the season as a whole: Continue reading

Shot Placement: Gerrard’s Impact Against Everton

I recently wrote a detailed article for The Tomkins Times (which you can read here) which looked at how important shot placement is, and whether poor form in this discipline is at the root of Liverpool’s low scoring record in the league this season.

The findings suggested that it has been, and that Liverpool have placed too many shots in the low-centre of the goal where the goalkeeper has a better than average chance of making a save.

I was reminded of the above article by Steven Gerrard’s three goals in the Merseyside derby last night; all of which appeared to have been hit into the upper half of the goal.

I checked the stats to investigate this further, and firstly found that the captain had placed all four of his shots during the match on target, which in itself is largely unheard of by a Liverpool player this season.

One of Gerrard’s shots went to the low-right of the goal, and the other three (which were all scored) into the high-centre. To give the importance of that shot placing some context, Liverpool had only scored two league goals in the high-centre sector all season prior to last night, so Gerrard more than doubled that tally on his own against the Toffees. As Rafa Benitez said in 2008:

 “Stevie is a great finisher and can score great goals, so maybe he can play as a striker. When he is older and does not have the same pace, he will still have the accuracy and he can still be a great finisher”.

Based on last night’s showing, the Spaniard certainly had a point. It’s now up to Kenny to keep the captain fit and get him charging into the box with the regularity of old. The evidence from last night suggests that Gerrard can take care of the rest from there just fine.

Statistics sourced from EPLIndex. Please take a look at my other articles, a list of which can be found here.