Analysis

The Data Day: Liverpool vs Chelsea

A look at the statistics from last night’s high-scorer point to two teams that were evenly matched in a number of different departments…


Both sides had 10 shots. Liverpool scored with five of their seven on-target efforts, and us with three of our five.

All of our chances came from open play, in contrast to our hosts, who created five from set-plays and one from a fast break (the fifth goal).

Liverpool scored with their only two shots from outside the box.

Christian Pulisic and Mohamed Salah had a joint game-high three attempts.

During his time on the pitch the lively Pulisic also registered three successful dribbles, a joint-high Chelsea figure, and found a team-mate with 100 per cent of his passes.

Overall the possession was split equally, with both teams having 50 per cent of the ball. Nobody spent more time on it than Kurt Zouma (7.4 per cent).


Our pass success rate was 84 per cent, and Liverpool’s 81 per cent. We completed precisely seven more passes than them (481 to 474), further evidence of the evenness of the contest.

Of those players who started the game, Zouma was our most accurate passer, finding a team-mate 89 per cent of the time. No Chelsea outfielder was below 76 per cent in that department.

The French defender also completed the highest number of passes (79) followed by Cesar Azpilicueta (68) and Virgil van Dijk (64).

Zouma was also responsible for the most clearances (five) and interceptions (four).

When it came to key passes, Andy Robertson and Reece James recorded a joint game-high three.

Of the 26 aerial duels contested, Liverpool won 15.

Only Fabinho (five) and Naby Keita (four) won more tackles than Mateo Kovacic (three).

We didn’t win a single corner. Liverpool won six.

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