Top five: Liverpool passers in the 2014/15 season - Second place is a shock

Martin Skrtel

We reveal Liverpool's top five passers over the course of the season so far.

Liverpool struggles are highlighted by the lack of attacking players in the top five of their passing statistics.

Brendan Rodgers demands a patient, possession based game, which goes some way to explaining the large amount of defensive players in their top five most accurate players, but it also evidences their struggles going forward.

The Reds have failed to hit the heights that they did last season, where they raised expectations by finishing second and their top five passers are proof of their failure to find the offensive threat that made them so successful last season. 

In such a system that Liverpool play there is a reliance on them keeping possession, but their forward-thinking stars haven't done it well enough.

Indeed, it is Martin Skrtel who tops the list of the Reds' most accurate passers to date.

  PositionTeamTotal PassPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Martin Skrtel DF Liverpool 242 91.7% 4 360
Mamadou Sakho DF Liverpool 176 89.7% 3 248
Alberto Moreno DF Liverpool 172 87.7% 5 450
Jordan Henderson MF Liverpool 398 87.6% 6 540
Dejan Lovren DF Liverpool 402 86.8% 6 540

The robust centre-back has made 91% of his 242 passes as he has shown he has the technicality to match his physicality at the heart of the Liverpool defence. 

Below him, Mamadou Sakho is proving that the criticism he gets for being poor in possession is rather unjust.

The Frenchman may not be particularly conventional in his passing style, but he actually finds a teammate with great regularity and his place in second spot will come as a surprise to many. 

Elsewhere in the top five so far have been Spanish defender Alberto Moreno, vice-captain Jordan Henderson and former Southampton man Dejan Lovren.

Steven Gerrard, whose performances may have been coming under increased scrutiny in recent times, did not even make the list, which does little to help his cause as he faces more pressure than he has at any point in his career to date.

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