The incredible Emre Can stat which underlines Liverpool’s key problem

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Emre Can was Liverpool’s most creative player against West Ham United.

Liverpool holding midfielder Emre Can was his side’s most creative player on Saturday as the Reds crashed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.

The Merseyside outfit’s defeat was their third on their last four trips, a run which has seen them score just the one goal and ship a rather alarming seven at the other end.

Liverpool currently occupy eighth position in the table, six points adrift of the top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as boss has seen the team improve their energy levels, average a lot more kilometres run per match and put in the sort of effort you’d expect from a Klopp side.

However, the underlying problem is that they have been desperately poor as an attacking force and their 22 goals scored from 20 games thus far is a new club record low at this stage of the season.

  Key Passes vs West Ham
Emre Can 6
Roberto Firmino 3
Adam Lallana 0
Philippe Coutinho 2

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, their lack of creativity can be illustrated clearly by Can’s contributions in the defeat at West Ham compared with his so-called creative teammates

The holding midfielder created six chances against the Hammers – alarmingly more than Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and former Southampton ace Adam Lallana combined.

Many have questioned the lack of goals from big-money signing Christian Benteke this season, yet the Belgium international is unfairly criticised as he has to make do with poor service.

Liverpool’s creative players simply haven’t performed anywhere near the required standard, with Firmino and Lallana together managing just one goal and six assists from a combined 31 appearances.

Klopp has given off the impression that he is happy to give each of his players the chance to impress, yet such loyalty could land the German in a spot of bother if his players continue to underperform.

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