Stats: Below average! Liverpool perform like mid-table team in 12 areas

Brendan Rodgers could use the international break to work on how the Liverpool coaching staff can improve player performance in a number of areas.

Liverpool have much to do if they want to recreate the success they enjoyed last season.

Currently ninth in the Premier League, Liverpool have returned ten points from a possible 12 with three wins against one draw and three losses.

What is perhaps disconcerting for manager Brendan Rodgers is that the club's goal differential is even, with ten goals scored and ten goals conceded.

However, that is not the only thing that may trouble the Ulsterman.

As is demonstrated by the Opta table below, Liverpool are not pace-setters when it comes to various attributes within possession.

For instance, Liverpool are guilty of more unsuccessful touches on a per game basis than the vast majority of teams within the league (with Rickie Lambert - one unsuccessful touch every 11 minutes - the guiltiest party).

They are also not proactive enough when it comes to recovering the football once possession has been lost and when they have the ball, are dispossessed with a greater frequency than the Premier League average.

  Unsuccessful touch / gameBall Recovery / gameDispossessed / gameGames
Liverpool 12.43 58 12.29 7
Division average 10.18 59.2 11.09 7

There are also numerous problem areas when it comes to defence.

For instance, Liverpool tally a low number of headers, tackles and interceptions on a per game basis, commit more errors that lead to an opponent capitalising by taking a shot and also concede more than the division average.

  Headers won / gameTackle / gameInterception / gameError led to shot / gameGoals Conceded / gameGames
Liverpool 13.43 19.14 12.71 0.43 1.43 7
Division average 16.59 19.51 15.06 0.4 1.4 7

And in attack?

Liverpool only score with 9% of their total shots.

For the sake of full disclosure, this is only marginally better than Aston Villa (8%), Newcastle United (7%), Stoke City (6%) and Queens Park Rangers and Burnley (both 4%). In contast, Chelsea (19%) score with one in every five shots.

  Big chance Missed / gameGoals / shots ratioDribbles / gameGoals Open play / gameGames
Liverpool 1 9% 16.71 1 7
Division average 0.81 11% 17.2 0.99 7


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