Liverpool had more shots on goal than Barcelona...

Barcelona crushed Levante 7-0 at the weekend, while Liverpool sneaked past Stoke 1-0.

Liverpool have in recent season struggled to beat Stoke City at Anfield, being held to two 0-0 draws in succession.

So while fans should not moan about the margin of victory, the fact a last minute penalty save from Simon Mignolet was required to avoid splitting the points again, it was a bit too close for comfort.

The season opener was a game Liverpool dominated, with Brazilian winger Coutinho carving out seven chances for his teammates.

But for a true illustration of Liverpool's wastefulness in front of the target, their statistic in the 'shots on goal' column tells it's own story.

Liverpool had 25 shots on the Stoke goal, scoring just one through striker Daniel Sturridge midway through the first half.

This was the highest number of shots on goal any side in Europe had that weekend; including La Liga side Barcelona who registered an astounding if by their standards unsurprising 7-0 win over Levante.

Barcelona had just 22 shots on goal, but as the scoreline showed, scored with one in every three shots. Liverpool by contrast scored with one in 25.

Had Liverpool been as ruthless as Barcelona, Stoke would have been staring down the barrel of an 8-0 hammering. Liverpool were not helped by the superb form of Asmir Begovic, who equalled his personal best of 10 Premier League saves on the day.

The Reds do, hopefully, have Luis Suarez still to return once his suspension is complete in five games time, which will help their firepower. Sturridge himself is still gaining match fitness after missing pre-season with injury, and with a dynamic player like Coutinho supplying the passes the forwards will always get chances.

Liverpool just have to ensure they are not as wasteful over the course of the season, because the last minute fortune which went their way at the weekend may just as easily go against them should the scenario repeat itself.

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