Liverpool’s broken record
Every weekend feels like Groundhog Day for Liverpool fans.
On Sunday, the Reds dropped two more points in the Premier League as they drew 1-1 at Newcastle.
Jurgen Klopp’s men looked the superior side from the off. The front four of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Danny Sturridge looked typically dangerous.
It was no surprise when Liverpool scored.
Coutinho cut in from the left to bend the most magnificent of efforts past the helpless Rob Elliot in the home side’s goal.
But then a familiar story played out for Liverpool as they conceded a soft goal.
Following a Liverpool attack breaking down on the edge of Newcastle’s box, one slide-rule pass from Jonjo Shelvey set Magpies striker Joselu clean through on the edge of the centre-circle. The central defensive partnership of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren were left in no man’s land.
Joselu steered the ball into the net.
Shots conceded: Only Man City & Spurs are better
The people from Gracenote have looked into just how badly Liverpool’s defence are faring this season.
In a surprising stat, only Man City and Tottenham have conceded fewer shots on target than Liverpool this season.
Man City have conceded just 44 shots on their goal, while Spurs have conceded 54. Liverpool are on 61.
But while Liverpool may be good at generally keeping opponents at bay, when shots are fired they often go in.
Hammering home that point, Liverpool have the highest conversion of shots conceded in the Premier League.
They sit 20th in the table, with a 20% shot to goal ratio.
Does that highlight the faults of Liverpool goalie Simon Mignolet?
Crystal Palace are second bottom of that table with 16%, while Watford and West Ham are at 14%.
See the data below.