3 key passes, 89% pass accuracy: Gylfi Sigurdsson effective despite Swansea defeat

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Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson had a disappointing evening versus Liverpool, yet the stats show he was at his creative best.

Liverpool leapfrogged Swansea City in the Premier League table courtesy of a 4-1 victory over the Welsh outfit at Anfield on Monday evening.

Despite scoring the Swans' only goal of the night, Gylfi Sigurdsson did not appear have his usual influence on proceedings. Operating in a central attacking-midfield role behind the formidable Wilfried Bony, the Iceland international will be accused of failing to make a real impact.

  TeamSeasonGoalsShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesDribblesPass Accuracy (%)TacklesTouches
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 2014-2015 1 1 100 3 0 89% 0 77

Even though he accumulated 77 touches, the 4th highest total of any player involved, Sigurdsson's contribution appeared limited. He fashioned three key passes, while managing one accurate shot at goal - this, of course, evaded Simon Mignolet. Nonetheless, aside from his goal, he was seemingly unable to craft anything meaningful in this tie. 

But ultimately, this came down to his misfiring teammates. If you consider the fact that only Jordan Henderson (4) created more chances on the night, Sigurdsson's attempts to dictate play in the final third can hardly be criticised. Of the 11 attempts the Swans managed, just four found the intended target. 

The Welsh outfit's supporters have grown used to Sigurdsson assists, accompanied by positive results this term - a barometer of the high standards the 25-year-old has set himself since returning to the Liberty Stadium. Yes, he failed to set-up a goal at Anfield, but as the average statistics show, he was actually more innovative than usual. 

  SeasonKey Passes per GameAppearances
Gylfi Sigurdsson 2014-2015 2.5 18

Meanwhile, Sigurdsson's distribution proved just as impressive, as he completed 89% of his total attempted passes, while he weighed in with seven crosses; three of which were accurate. 

As his side succumbed to Brendan Rodgers' surprisingly rampant Liverpool side, Sigurdsson had more involvement than any other Swansea player, in an attacking sense at least. He may have scored poorly in the Fantasy League rankings, but in terms of his overall creative contribution on the evening, he rivalled the fixture's top performers. 

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