Revealed: Statistical secrets of Liverpool's success over the past 10 games

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A look at how Liverpool have kicked on over the past 10 games compared to the previous 22.

Liverpool have raced to the top of the Premier League table, slaying all before them in recent weeks - and face a critical six games in their bid to become champions.

'The team Brendan built', may be looking like the finished article, but it is really over the past two months which the team have clicked into gear.

What can be learned from looking at how the team has evolved over the past 10 games compared to the previous 22?

We decided to take a look, and there are a couple of clear indicators, surrounding goals scored, and the type of strikes the team have scored.

Liverpool record gameweeks 1-22

TeamGoal FastbreakGoals / playedPlayed
Liverpool 3 2.41 22

Liverpool record gameweeks 23-32

TeamGoal FastbreakGoals / playedPlayed
Liverpool 5 3.50 10

Over the opening 22 games of the season, Liverpool scored just three goals from fast breaks, the joint highest in this period in the league, alongside Manchester City and Arsenal.

Yet in the following 10 games, Liverpool have netted five goals on the counter-attack, while the nearest any other side has in this period is three. Liverpool (eight) are the most potent in this are in the league.

Over the past 10 matches, Liverpool are averaging over a goal per game more than they were over the first 22 matches of the Premier League campaign.

To take a further look at ways the Reds may have achieved this, here are the possession stats for the two periods.

Liverpool record gameweeks 1-22

TeamPassing Accuracy %Possession Percentage / playedPlayed
Liverpool 84.35 54.68 22

Liverpool record gameweeks 23-32

TeamPassing Accuracy %Possession Percentage / playedPlayed
Liverpool 83.48 53.00 10

The time in possession and pass accuracy, has been near identical over the two periods, which shows that Liverpool have simply been more efficient in their use of the ball over the past 10 games, to score on average a goal per game more.

Here is are a few key areas the side can be expected to have done so, but do the stats correlate?

Liverpool record gameweeks 1-22

TeamAtt Obox Target / playedTotal Scoring Att / playedPoss Won Att 3rd / playedAccurate Cross / playedAccurate Through Ball / playedPlayed
Liverpool 1.50 16.73 3.50 3.86 1.82 22

Liverpool record gameweeks 23-32 

TeamAtt Obox Target / playedTotal Scoring Att / playedPoss Won Att 3rd / playedAccurate Cross / playedAccurate Through Ball / playedPlayed
Liverpool 1.70 17.70 4.20 2.70 1.50 10

The figures reveal not only are Liverpool shooting more, but those shots are coming from outside the box, perhaps with the side high on confidence, players are becoming keener to try their luck.

Even more key, is the way the side are winning possession back in the final third, far more so over the past 10 games, as a tactic to press high up the pitch pays off.

This greater aggression and directness, has seen a less intricate pattern of play, with fewer completed via through balls and crosses.

This, combined with their speed of the fast breaks has seen Liverpool force their opponents into six errors leading to goals over the past 10 games, compared to four over the previous 22, a huge jump.

Liverpool record gameweeks 1-22

TeamOpp Error Lead To Goal / playedPlayed
Liverpool 0.18 22

Liverpool record gameweeks 23-32

TeamOpp Error Lead To Goal / playedPlayed
Liverpool 0.60 10

During home games, the much vaunted Anfield crowd has played their part, as Liverpool pile on the pressure to opposing defences, their direct style and pressing game, causing the opposition to make vital mistakes.

It's these key areas where games are won and lost and differences are made, and perhaps even, where titles will be won.

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