Liverpool undervalued in most important aspect as Manchester United dead last

Liverpool undervalued in most important aspect as Manchester United dead last

The 2020/21 Premier League campaign is on the horizon, with the fixtures for the new season setting up a meeting between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on September 12th.

Looking back at the previous year can help us predict what lies ahead for the champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s men being the best in recent times when it comes to accumulating points by a country mile.

Liverpool finished top of the Premier League last season by a margin of 18 points having won 32 of their 38 contests, but what contributed to such a gap and will it continue?

A variety of influencing factors have had an impact on current Liverpool’s success, with the shooting tendencies of Klopp’s outfit being right up there as one of the most undervalued traits.

Simply, the Reds place a huge emphasis on refraining from shooting until they are very close to goal, rather than attempting to score from 30 yards out. It sounds obvious, but not every team does it.

Of Liverpool’s total of 559 shots in England’s top-flight, only 180 came from outside the penalty area. That means roughly 67.8% of their efforts originated inside the box, which is a lot in comparison to other Premier League teams, as shown on the graphic below.

Liverpool take a larger percentage of their shots from inside the penalty box than every Premier League team except Sheffield United

Only Sheffield United focused on entering the penalty box more, with Manchester United placing dead last.

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Even in comparison to sides from Europe’s top five leagues, Liverpool show up well. The Reds rank fourth overall against the 97 other clubs in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and England, with PSG top and Manchester City 14th.

United? they rank 84th, as shown below.

Liverpool take a larger percentage of their shots from inside the penalty box than all but three teams from Europe's top five leagues
Liverpool take a larger percentage of their shots from inside the penalty box than all but three teams from Europe’s top five leagues

Liverpool’s shooting is smart and efficient and that is unlikely to change moving forward meaning that on the attacking side of the game, the Reds are almost certain to remain ruthless and clinical when presented with openings.

They might avoid having a go from far out but any opportunities to find the net from 18 yards or less are seized without hesitation, with their shot map for the season just finished pictured below.

Liverpool's shots from open-play in the Premier League this season
Liverpool’s shots from open-play in the Premier League this season

Scoring goals is probably the most important aspect of playing football, and Liverpool’s decision-making in offensive areas is one of the key reasons behind why Klopp’s side are amongst the best in world at doing it.

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