The Reds have had fewer shots overall and fewer shots on target while passing has also taken a hit.
The loss of Luis Suarez was obviously a blow, but money was spent, the squad was stronger and they were expected to challenge. However, it never happened for the Reds, with the Champions League proving difficult and the goals that flowed the season before sorely lacking.
A sixth-placed finish is disappointing to say the least, ending the campaign with 22 fewer points, eight fewer wins, two more draws and six more losses than last season. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see how they’ve improved, or gotten worse, in key areas.
|Season||Total Tackle||Won Tackle||Goals Conceded||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Total Scoring Att||Ontarget Scoring Att||Goals|
In defence, which was Liverpool's only poor area last season, things have improved, conceding two fewer goals courtesy of an improved tackling success rate: 77% to 75%. Despite that, they’ve seen a 5% drop in the number of tackles they’ve made, while their number of successful tackles has also fallen, by 3%.
Passing has taken a hit compared to last season though, with Liverpool enjoying an 84% success last term but 82% this year. Their total number of passes has also fallen, by just 1% while their number of successful passes has fallen by 3%.
It is up front where Liverpool suffered most, with their shooting accuracy falling from 39% to 32% this season. Their number of shots has fallen by 9%, while their number of shots on target has fallen by an incredible 25%. That has seen them score just 52 goals compared to the tally of 101 last season.
Despite an improvement in defence, there is little to be pleased with for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers. However, most decreases are minimal bar up front, with the fall in shots and shots on target a clear problem, culminating in their lack of goals. It is clear where the manager needs to invest before next season.