Stat shows why Sakho & Skrtel should never have started together

Daniel Agger

Keeping their sheet clean has proved problematic for Liverpool duo. Dan Agger should perhaps be playing…

Liverpool have kept only nine clean sheets from their 37 Premier League matches to date and only four from 18 in their encounters in the division in the current calendar year.

Since the beginning of April, they have conceded at a rate of two per game on average, despite winning three, drawing once and losing only one time.

A porous defence has long plagued Liverpool this season, yet it caught up with them in the past two games - the same time they needed to keep things tight in order to maintain their quest for a long elusive crown.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher highlighted a worrying a statistic for Brendan Rodgers - the centre back partnership he fielded against Crystal Palace in South London was the same one that had kept only one clean sheet from the last 17 times they had played together, begging the question whether they should have been started during the climactic 'cup-final' type matches at the business end of the Premier League season.

"[Mamadou] Sakho is new," said defensive Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

"Brendan Rodgers has gone with him and [Martin] Skrtel as a partnership and he's got Daniel Agger on the bench.

"I've mentioned before I don't think he's the biggest fan of Daniel Agger and that's why he always seems to leave him out. That's 17 games Sakho and Skrtel have played together now and one clean sheet.

"They always concede goals whenever they play together."

Intriguingly, of the nine clean sheets in the Premier League that Liverpool have recorded, Agger has featured in eight of them. He also completes a clearance once every 12 minutes, attempts a tackle every 49 minutes, intercepts the football every 78 minutes and completes a block every 166 minutes he is on the field, on average.

  Conceded/ AppClean SheetMins/ BlockMins/ TackleMins/ ClearMins/ InterceptionAppsMins
Agger 0.79 8 166.25 49.26 12.55 78.24 19 1,330

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