Revealed - Where Liverpool are better than United's title winning side of last season

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Liverpool are ahead in a couple of areas compared to the title winning side of Manchester United last season.

Liverpool are now the underdogs to win the Premier League title this season but whatever happens this Sunday the season has been a success for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The main objective was always to get back into the Champions League and that has been achieved.

While Manchester United fans would have enjoyed watching Liverpool let a three goal lead slip at Crystal Palace earlier this week, the Merseyside club will finish with a better record in certain areas than the United side which won the title last season.

  GoalsGoals ConcededTotal TackleInterceptionTotal PassPlayed
Manchester United 86 43 731 515 19,686 38
  GoalsGoals ConcededTotal TackleInterceptionTotal PassPlayed
Liverpool 99 49 832 454 18,928 37

If Liverpool score this weekend then they will become one of the few sides to have achieved the remarkable stat of scoring 100 goals in a domestic league season.

They are already 13 goals ahead of the 86 United produced last season to win the Premier League.

The stats also suggest that this current Liverpool side is a more aggressive team than Sir Alex Ferguson’s final team in charge of United.

Liverpool have made just over 100 more tackles than United did last season, which shows the work rate, energy and enthusiasm which Brendan Rodgers has drilled into the current crop of players.

One of the immediate areas where last season’s United side was better was in defence with 43 goals conceded in the whole campaign compared to the 49 conceded by Liverpool so far.

Liverpool’s defensive woes have been well discussed this week and it’s an area of the squad Brendan Rodgers will be looking to work hard on this summer.

United also showed more intelligence in their midfield last season, making more interceptions than Liverpool, thanks largely in part to Michael Carrick, arguably the best player in the Premier League when it comes to reading the game.

United also passed the ball more last season, which can be explained through Liverpool’s willingness to counter attack this season over a more patient, passing based game.

The pace in Liverpool’s side allows them to counter attack, using space left by the opposition to get in behind the back four.

United’s team last season were more of a complete package and a good example of how to win a league title but no one can argue that Liverpool have been the best side to watch this season.

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