A Statistical Knock-down of Alberto Moreno’s Season Compared to Other Liverpool Left Backs
When Aly Cissokho had his moment leaning on a wall at Melwood, not many of us could have predicted that it would end up being his only moment in a (thankfully short) Liverpool career. Aly Cissokho, in his short loan stint, couldn’t make any significant waves and after having succeeded in making Liverpool fans beg and pine for Jose Enrique to return at left back all season, the management is finally looking to purchase some quality for that position this time around.
“Silly Season” has its range of claims for a team’s ‘Primary Targets’ and if you believe the bigger journalists and the more ‘trusted’ papers when it comes to Liverpool transfers, the man on top of Liverpool’s ‘Secret Transfer List: Left Back Edition’ is a boy from the Andalucian outfit in Sevilla and goes by the name, Alberto Moreno Perez.
Heading into the final match of the season, it’s hard not to feel both elated and subsequently let down at the same time. With Manchester City brushing past Aston Villa yesterday, Liverpool have been knocked off the top of the table with the Citizens setting up what’s sure to be a dramatic final day of the season.
It all seems a bit potty to be complaining about not having the crown wrapped up quite yet when we weren’t even supposed to be part of the picture anyway, but it’s hard not to think of what could be. While the Anfield faithful spend the day biting their fingernails until they bleed, there’ll be a bit of a different vibe coming out of the Newcastle United end with the Tyneside club putting in a surprising season of their own — one that some sections of their support would have has been surprisingly bad. Having a look at the numbers, you can see why…
Thinking back to the reverse fixture, the tone of this post could have been so vastly different had Crystal Palace not experienced such a seriously profound turnaround.
Liverpool may have topped them 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Anfield to go top of the table, but the second half hangover the Reds came out with would have been unequivocally punished by a side with even a modicum more composure — which, in short, means that Tony Pulis’s side, even though they’re not exactly attacking powerhouses, would have taken advantage. While Brendan Rodgers has overseen both a tactical and mental evolution on Merseyside since their old nemesis did the double over them last season, the numbers that the former Stoke boss continues to put up in the Capital shows that he’s not about to begin messing around.
You have to reach all the way back to December 29th of 2013 to find the last time Brendan Rodgers side didn’t take at least a point from a match. Their eleven match win streak contrast sharply with Chelsea’s run in the same amount of games with a draw and three losses punctuating their problems in the title race. Looking at bit deeper at the numbers, and doing some comparisons between some of the players that are likely to feature on Sunday, reveals a few more surprises.
Second from bottom, but only three points off from safety, the Welsh side are looking like prime candidates to be involved in the relegation scrap. It’s been a bit of an odd Premier League season for everyone involved, and with less than ten matches remaining for almost everyone involved, any of the teams currently in the top four could win the title, and anyone conceivably up to tenth place, could go down.