Then & Now: How does Liverpool's start to 2014/15 compare to last season?

How do Liverpool's first five Premier League games this season compare to their first five last term?

Liverpool's poor start to the current Premier League campaign has been well documented.

After five league games, Brendan Rodgers' side have won just two and lost three, leaving them 11th in the table and with a goal difference of -1 ahead of this Saturday's crucial Merseyside derby.

For a side aiming for Champions League football, that kind of form is simply unacceptable and won't help the Reds achieve their aims one bit should it carry on.

But, results aside, what exactly is going wrong for Rodgers' men this time around?

  SeasonGoalsAssistsTotal PassesTouchesTackles WonGoals ConcededShooting AccuracyAppearances
Liverpool 2014-2015 7 3 2,688 3,707 71 8 10% 5
Liverpool 2013-2014 5 3 2,342 3,454 92 3 8% 5

As Opta stats show, two things are striking about Liverpool's start to the current campaign compared to their 2013/14 season.

Firstly, the Reds have actually enjoyed more success going forward (despite the obvious teething problems displayed by some of their new attacking signings). Secondly, Liverpool's defence has fared far worse.

What is interesting to note about either time period is that Rodgers' side were without Luis Suarez for both. The talismanic Uruguayan was suspended for the start of last term and, of course, is no longer a Liverpool player this season.

In 2014/15, the Reds have scored more goals, attempted more passes and fared marginally better in terms of shooting accuracy. By contrast, they have conceded five more goals and won 21 less tackles.

Those statistics are perhaps unsurprising considering Rodgers' playing philosophy - but they are a damning indictment of where Liverpool's problems lie.

So, while their issues going forward need to be addressed, their defensive problems require far more urgency.

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