Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool miss Luis Suarez’s goals but the defence improves

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The Reds have had fewer shots overall and fewer shots on target while passing has also taken a hit.

After being so close to winning the Premier League title last season, hopes were high at Liverpool.

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.

  SeasonTotal TackleWon TackleGoals ConcededTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoals
Liverpool 2013-2014 847 640 50 19601 16560 651 258 101
Liverpool 2014-2015 798 618 48 19373 16041 590 192 52

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.

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