Our analysis of the figures to come out of yesterday’s defeat to Liverpool highlight our improvement in the second half as well as the influence of our full-backs…
We had 13 shots to Liverpool’s six, although only two of our efforts were on target, in contrast to three of the visitors’. Eight were off target and three were blocked.
Tammy Abraham had a game-high three attempts.
Nine of our efforts came in the second half, during which time we had a 60.3 per cent share of possession. During the first half that figure was 49.3 per cent.
Nobody spent more time on the ball than Jorginho (7.3 per cent), followed by the full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta (6.4 per cent) and Marcos Alonso (6.3 per cent).
Alonso (93) and Azpilicueta (83) had the most touches, and that duo also led the way in terms of key passes, making three and four respectively.
Alonso’s three interceptions was the most made by anyone wearing blue, even more impressive considering he didn't start the game.
Our pass completion rate was 80 per cent (in contrast to Liverpool’s 73 per cent). That figure was consistent in both halves.
Jorginho completed the highest number of accurate passes (56), followed by Mateo Kovacic (41) and Fikayo Tomori (40).
We won more tackles, made more interceptions and completed more dribbles in the second half than we did in the first.
Sadio Mane was the top dribbler on the pitch with three successful take-ons. Willian and N’Golo Kante were among those who recorded two.
We won 20 of the 37 aerial duels contested, with Kurt Zouma and Joel Matip winning five apiece.
Tomori was the top tackler on display, successful with four challenges, one of the reasons Frank Lampard praised him after the game. Kante and Matip won three.
The visitors made 38 clearances, to our 11. Of those 28 were in the second half, and 18 in the final 20 minutes as we laid siege to the Liverpool goal.