10 key areas Liverpool are stronger than Arsenal

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Liverpool host Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield this Saturday lunchtime but which areas are Brendan Rodgers’ side likely to dominate?

1) Shots Taken

Liverpool have the one of the most dangerous attacking lines in the league this term in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and it certainly shows statistically. Rodgers’ Reds have taken 400 shots in total this term, averaging 16.7 per game to Arsenal’s 343 in total and 14.3 on average per game.

2) Shots on Target

However, what counts is hitting the target but Liverpool also prove stronger in that respect than the North Londoners. Liverpool have taken 157 shots on target, averaging 6.5 per game, level with Manchester City and higher than the Gunners’ tally of 137 in total and 5.7 per game on average.

3) Goals

Given their superior ability and confidence in front of goal, it comes as no surprise Liverpool have scored more goals than Arsenal. Liverpool have so far notched up 58 goals to Arsenal’s 47, averaging 2.4 goals per game to the Gunners’ 1.9 per game and the Reds have a better goal difference with plus 29 to Arsenal’s plus 26 tally so far.

4) Dribbles

The Reds also prove more dangerous with the ball at their feet. Liverpool have completed more dribbles successfully this season than any other team, 305 dribbles in total, averaging 12.7 per game to Arsenal’s 224 in total and 9.3 per game on average.

5) Tackles

We know how much of a threat Rodgers’ side pose going forward but they have also proven themselves dominant at the back this term. Liverpool players have made a total of 514 tackles, averaging 21.4 per game, which is higher than any other team in the top six. Arsenal have made 474 tackles so far, averaging 19.8 per game.

6) Discipline

However, despite being statistically more aggressive defensively, Liverpool have a better disciplinary record than the league leaders. Liverpool have notched up 33 yellow cards and not single red card so far – Arsenal have been shown 34 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

7) Free Kicks

The Merseyside giants are also awarded more free kicks suffering a greater number of fouls from the opposition. The Reds have suffered 262 fouls resulting in free kicks, averaging 10.9 per game to Arsenal’s 251 in total and 10.5 per game on average.

8) Offsides

Liverpool are caught offside less often than Arsenal – Rodgers’ players have been flagged offside on 52 occasions to Arsenal’s marginally higher 53.

9) Counter Attacking

Brendan Rodgers’ side have proven more threatening from counter attacking play this term – Liverpool have scored more goals catching the opposition on the break than any other team in the league with 5 goals scored on the counter in total to Arsenal’s 3.

10) Set Pieces

The Reds have also proven the most dangerous team in the league from set pieces as demonstrated by their 15 goals scored via set plays this term to Arsenal’s substantially inferior 5 goals via set plays.

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