A million chances, another wasted penalty, one more strike hitting the post and no goals has been the story of Liverpool’s season so far. Have they been unlucky? Have all the chances they have created been good ones? Statistics can never tell the whole truth, particularly on something as subjective as ‘what is a good chance’ but it is worth having a look at a few different statistics to analyse why Liverpool have been struggling to find the back of the net this season.
He might have only hit the back of the net four times in twelve Premier League appearances this season, but Liverpool’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez is rapidly becoming one the league’s most dangerous forwards and world’s best players. Key to this is his versatility and ability to adapt to different roles.
Against Chelsea Liverpool lined up in a 4-4-2 with Craig Bellamy partnering Suárez in an attempt to counter Chelsea’s high defensive line with the pair’s pace. The first goal may have come through excellent pressing from Charlie Adam, however a number of chances were created with quick balls to the two pacey forwards – particularly in the opening half hour. Suárez’s role was to play off the shoulder of the Chelsea’s central defensive pair of John Terry and David Luiz and use his pace and the space to create scoring opportunities.
Just over twelve months ago former national team manager Frank Farina was sacked by Brisbane Roar. Ange Postecoglou, Farina’s replacement, was a divisive choice amongst fans; many remembered his failed tenure in charge of Australia’s youth sides whilst others pointed towards his success with South Melbourne in the late 1990s in the now defunct National Soccer League as proof he was a suitable appointment.