Gary Neville reveals why Liverpool get so many penalties...

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Gary Neville argues the pace of Liverpool's forwards is what results in being awarded penalties.

Liverpool top the Premier League heading into their crucial Premier League game this weekend, where they face Manchester City in what is being billed as a title decider.

The Reds come into it off the back of a nine game winning streak, which goes back to their 3-2 win at Fulham, decided via a late Steven Gerrard penalty.

It's become a theme for the skipper in the ensuing weeks. He scored from the spot twice against Manchester United, and went onto miss a third, and scored two penalties last week

The midfielder has netted 13 times in the Premier League this season, with 10 coming from penalties.

  TeamPosGoalsPenalty goalsAppsMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 10 29 2,450

Liverpool as a team have been awarded more goals than any other team in the Premier League this season. Intriguingly the two teams closest to them, are also their two title rivals.

  Penalties Won
Liverpool 12
Chelsea 7
Manchester City 7

And this lends weight to SkySports pundit Gary Neville's theory that Liverpool's frequent penalty awards are far from coincidental.

Writing in his EASports fortnightly column, he said he believes it is the pace of the club's players that they have won the most penalty kicks.

"I think Sturridge and Suarez running at any defender now in world football is a penalty waiting to happen."

He went onto praise Sturridge and the different options he has at his disposal: "When Sturridge is in that right channel it’s a nightmare scenario as when he cuts in he can bend it in the far corner with his favoured left foot, but if you cut that off and overcompensate he is good enough to go outside you and square it with his right foot."

It was the pace of Daniel Sturridge which won Liverpool their third penalty at Old Trafford in their 3-0 win over Manchester United last month, with Nemanja Vidic's lunge to get the ball causing the striker to hit the turf.

Debate ensued over whether that one was really a foul or not, but clearly the questions posed by the unpredictable nature Sturridge and Suarez cause serious problem to not only defenders, but referees too.

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