Liverpool’s attacking and defending corners stats revealed

on 22.02.2016


Liverpool’s ineptitude from corner kicks is much maligned among the fanbase, so we found out exactly how bad the Reds are at attacking and defending them this season – read on!

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe takes a corner against FC Girondins de Bordeaux during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We’ve looked at all corners taken in the Premier League from the beginning of the 2015/2016 season till now (26 rounds), a total of 2786 corners, and came up with the followings:

Attack:
  • LFC have had 188 corners, highest in the league.

 

  • Scored 5 goals from corners – fourth in the league with Leicester City, Norwich City, Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur. League average is 4.

 

  • LFC is fifth place in reaching chances from corners with more than quarter of their corners ending in a chance. (25.5%)

 

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  • LFC scores a goal from corner every 38 corners – 11th place in the league. Which is below league average.

 

  • Reliance on corner kicks 13.2% of LFC goals scored from corners. Slightly above league average.

 

  • 4th place in taking short corners rather than cross it directly towards the area, with 26.1% of short corners (league average is around 17% short corners)

Bottom line: Though Liverpool have the highest number of corners in the league, have a high percentage of chances from corners and scoring above league average goals from corners, their goal-per-corner ratio is below the league average.


Defence:

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 20, 2015: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Mamadou Sakho and Emre Can looking dejected after Norwich City scored a goal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • 120 corners taken against Liverpool, 16th in the league (average is 139.3)

 

  • A total of 8 goals has been scored against LFC from corners which is the highest number in the league.

 

  • Sixth in the league in the highest % of chances reached from corners. Every fourth corner against Liverpool their opponent reaches a chance (25.8%)

 

  • LFC concede a goal from corner every 15 corners, worst in the league.

 

  • Liverpool opponents scoring 22.2% of their goals from corners which is second highest in the league (Swansea first with 23.5%). The average is 11.9%!

 

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  • 85% of LFC opponent’s corners crossed directly towards the area.

Bottom line: Without question Liverpool has the poorest defence when it comes to corner kicks.


What we’ve learned:

Clearly, Liverpool’s defensive ineptitude at corners is being exploited by opposing teams. It’s a clear weakness and one that opponents are looking to exploit – 25% of corners against us leads to a chance!

Almost a quarter of all corners result in a goal against (22%), double the league average!

Attacking wise, it shows that corners shouldn’t be that anticipated for anyone. We get the most corners in the league, possibly due to how many shots we take. We score a few, but not as many as we should from the amount that we get.

We take a lot of short corners, probably because we know we’re pretty rubbish at attacking them and have a team lacking in the air.

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Data supplied by SportsMatrix, find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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