Jamie Carragher has given his thoughts on one of the main reasons Liverpool have been so successful this season.
Former Liverpool star and current Kop legend Jamie Carragher has given his thoughts on why Liverpool have been so successful this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are closing in on a first league title since the 1989/1990 season and Carragher says it’s all down to a simple thought process; we’ll score more than you.
“Sides playing against Liverpool now have to score three or four goals just to compete,” said the former centre back on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football last night.
The stats definitely suggest that he has a point.
Liverpool have scored more goals than any other Premier League side this season with 96, as they close in on the unique achievement of scoring 100 goals and more in a single calendar season.
That has allowed them to create a five point lead at the top of the table with just three games to go.
The club’s two main strikers, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, have scored 50 goals between them (30 and 20 respectively) which is a higher tally than some sides have managed all season.
The combination of players Rodgers has used and the tactics he’s used to get the best from those players has made Liverpool a formidable attacking unit.
One of the key features of this current Liverpool side is the pace at which they start games.
There have been numerous examples this season where the Reds have come flying out of the traps to get ahead early in games, creating a lead which the defence has a better chance of protecting.
That defence is still the main worry and something which must improve next season.
Liverpool have conceded 44 goals so far in the Premier League, which is the highest of any side in the top five and even more than Manchester United, reportedly about to sack their manager for an appalling season.
In short, Carragher has a point but if Liverpool’s back four doesn’t improve ahead of next season as sides find ways to keep their attacking players quiet, they may struggle to get close to 100 goals again.