THE DATA DAY: LIVERPOOL V CHELSEA

Posted on: Mon 22 Apr 2013

Sunday afternoon ended in frustration at Anfield, when despite a strong defensive display from the Blues, Liverpool grabbed the point the numbers suggest they deserved…

Eden Hazard's penalty was our eighth goal from 10 Barclays Premier League spot kicks this season, both more than any other side, while Oscar's was our 15th headed goal in the league this season, also unmatched by any other club.

Across the game, Liverpool had 21 shots to our 11, with eight on target compared to our five.

Six of those 21 came from Luis Suarez, who looked to have lost his personal battle with Petr Cech, who made four saves from the Uruguayan, until his 97th minute equaliser.

Oscar had five attempts for the Blues, with two on target. He became our fifth player this season to reach 10 goals in all competitions, after Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Hazard.

Liverpool also had more possession, a facet of Brendan Rodgers's preferred style of play, with 57 per cent of the ball. They completed 409 of 499 attempted passes, a success rate of 82 per cent compared to our 77 per cent, with 90 of our 385 attempted balls going astray.

Unusually, the top four passers in the game were all Liverpool players. Steven Gerrard completed 60, more than any other player. Our top man was Mata, with 47 from 55 attempts.

Territory, however, showed the ball to be in the Liverpool half more than it was in the Chelsea half, just over 52 per cent of the time, suggesting the Reds were content to keep possession deep rather than force openings further up ,and the Blues were successful in a high pressing game. Chelsea attempted just 22 clearances in the game, two less than Liverpool.

Chelsea completed just 80 passes in the final third, our fewest since November's goalless draw against Manchester City.

One of 12 Chelsea crosses found a blue shirt, that being Mata's corner for Oscar's goal, though another was also handled by Suarez to give us a penalty, which Eden Hazard stroked home. That brings four goals in a week from Mata set-pieces, with John Terry's brace against Fulham also originating that way. Mata is credited with 25 Premier League assists since the beginning of last season, more than any other player in the division.

Five Liverpool crosses found their man too, including Daniel Sturridge's for Suarez's late equaliser. Their first goal is counted as a pass by Opta, rather than a cross, due to Suarez's narrow position from where he played the ball.

Liverpool won every one of their 18 tackles, Chelsea 13 of 24, but we did make 25 interceptions, of which Branislav Ivanovic was responsible for six and Oscar five.

Stats courtesy of Opta