Incredible MOTD stat explains Liverpool’s failure to score v Southampton

Jurgen Klopp during Southampton 0 - Liverpool 0
Jurgen Klopp during Southampton 0 – Liverpool 0

Liverpool are still top of the Premier League

As it stands, on Sunday morning, Liverpool are still top of the Premier League but will be overtaken by Chelsea should Antonio Conte’s side win at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seemed relatively happy with the goalless draw at Southampton on Saturday.

Match of the Day highlighted one remarkable statistic from the Premier League encounter: Southampton failed to register a shot on target for the first time since December 2004.

And, with such a strong defensive presence in the game, Liverpool simply needed one goal to win the match at St Mary’s.

Firmino & Clyne miss sitters

On Match of the Day, they highlighted two sitters missed by Liverpool. First by Roberto Firmino, then by Nathaniel Clyne against his former club. See the screenshots below.

Roberto Firmino sitter v Southampton
Roberto Firmino sitter v Southampton
Nathaniel Clyne chance v Southampton
Nathaniel Clyne chance v Southampton

After discussing these two misses, Alan Shearer highlighted on Match of the Day the incredible number of air miles travelled by Liverpool’s front three, “it’s no wonder they had a bit of an off day today.”

The graphic below shows how far Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino & Sadio Mane travelled in the international break.

This caused a note of concern from Ian Wright regarding Daniel Sturridge, who still could not get in the Liverpool starting XI.

The Liverpool front 3 international air miles
The Liverpool front 3 international air miles

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