Arsenal vs Liverpool- What The Stats Tell Us

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at The Emirates means that we are no longer capable of setting the new Premier League points record, but the game was far from ordinary. The stats tell an interesting story about how the game went.

Liverpool’s Defensive Frailties And Blunt Attack

The reds have been top-notch all season at the back, so today can very much be considered an outlier. Liverpool’s defensive problems were our problem today- Mistakes from Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker left us chasing the game by half time.

Liverpool had to deal with just 3 shots all game, only 2 of which hit the target. Unfortunately, both chances were golden opportunities which would have been harder to miss for The Gunners. Klopp’s team needed to make just 4 clearances and only made 12 tackles in the entire 90 minutes.

In contrast, Liverpool took 24 shots at the Arsenal goal, with just 8 hitting the target for the Gunners’ number 2 goalkeeper to deal with, leaving Liverpool than a worse shooting accuracy percentage than Arsenal by full time (Liverpool with 33.3% compared to Arsenal’s 66.7%)

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

Klopp’s team bettered Arteta’s Arsenal in every statistic except the one that counts- Goals. The league champions had more shots, possession, successful passes, possession in the opposing half… But failed to take advantage to the dominance

These Games Don’t Happen Often

The stats make it abundantly clear that this is, fortunately, not a replicable result for Arsenal. If the scoreline was removed, and you were to look at these stats in isolation, anybody would think the result was an away win.

This isn’t to diminish Arsenal’s successes or write off Liverpool’s failings in the game, but if this game was played 100 times, Liverpool would have won 90. An outlier performance that very-much revolved around the luck of both sides on the night is a poor indicator of the form and quality of either side.

However, Liverpool’s potency upfront is a cause for concern. Taking chances is always vital in games against the ‘big 6’ rivals, and Liverpool just weren’t at the races today. Important misses from players like Salah, Minamino, and even Sadio Mane despite his goal left us ruing defensive mistakes, rather than laughing off the goals we gave them.