The stat that reveals why Liverpool have struggled this season

Liverpool have won just two of their first five Premier League games this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ men sit mid-table at this early stage of the Premier League season, with two wins and three losses in five games.

Having won an incredible 11 games on the run last season, the Reds secured an improbable and incredible second place finish, with the goalscoring talents of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge covering up numerous defensive mishaps.

The duo scored 52 goals between them, just over half of Liverpool’s entire tally of 101 - a total second only to Premier League champions Man City, and 30 goals more than third placed Chelsea’s.

Despite losing Suarez to Barcelona during the summer, Rodgers signed a number of reinforcements, both attacking and defensive, and many have impressed during the early season run out.

However, Sturridge is set to miss a number of weeks with an injury picked up on international duty in September, and the club have yet to win a league game in his absence - with the Englishman’s last game coming in the 3-0 victory at Tottenham.

In his absence, Raheem Sterling has stepped up to the plate netting three goals to bear the goalscoring weight of the team, but the current situation is remarkably different to that seen last season at Anfield, when Suarez and Sturridge could do no wrong in front of goal.

  GoalsShots on TargetOn Target Conversion RateTotal Conversion RateGames
Liverpool 2013/14 101 258 39.1% 15.5% 38

In the 2013/14 Premier League season, the Reds netted 101 goals from 258 attempts on target - a conversion rate of 39.1%. Their on target conversion rate was second in the division, with only Man City - 102 goals from 239 shots - registering a better percentage - 42.2%. Despite losing out to City for on target shots converted, the Reds had the best conversion rate of total shots, with an incredible 15.5% of attempts counting as goals.

City and Liverpool dominated the attacking play last season, and despite the Reds losses in key personnel, many would not have been surprised to see them lead the charts once again this season.

  GoalsShots On TargetOn Target Conversion RateTotal Conversion RateGames
Liverpool 2014/15 7 22 31.8% 10.1% 5

However, as can be seen, Rodgers men have netted just seven times from 22 shots on target, with only a measly 31.8% of their on target chances crossing the line. Their total conversion rate is even worse, with just 10.1% of all their attempts finding the back of the net. Whilst they led the division last season for total conversion rate, they are currently the fifth worse team in the Premier League, with league leaders Chelsea converting over 8% more of their total chances.

It is a tough time at Anfield at the moment, with an inability to recapture the form that wowed the crowds last season, and if things continue in the same manner, the situation can only get bleaker in the near future.

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