As 2016 leaves us and a new year arrives, we take a numerical look at Liverpool’s fortunes over the last 12 months.
2016 will be a year widely acknowledged as being the start of an exciting new era at Anfield.
Liverpool have made undeniable progress on the pitch as Jurgen Klopp has settled into life on Merseyside, while the spectacular Main Stand redevelopment has catapulted the Reds into the modern era off the field of play.
Attentions will swiftly turn to ensuring that 2017 brings the rewards this impressive collective work deserves, but before that, we take a look back at the last 12 months in numbers.
Klopp became the first ever Reds boss to win his opening two Merseyside derbies, with Sadio Mane’s last-gasp winner at Goodison Park adding to a 4-0 victory at Anfield last season.
The number of players Klopp used in first-team action in all competitions throughout the calendar year.
The amount of goals the Reds’ netted in all competitions in 2016.
The number of goals conceded by Liverpool in all competitions throughout 2016.
The number of league goals the Reds shipped last year, which was the highest of the top eight clubs in the table.
The number of successful passes Klopp’s team completed in the league in 2016 – the highest of any English top-flight side.
25 different goal-scorers found the net for the Reds last year, with the first goal scored by Jordon Ibe against Stoke and the last by Georginio Wijnaldum against Pep Guardiola’s City.
The total number of games it took Liverpool to score 100 goals under Klopp – equalling the record set by Kenny Dalglish during his first spell in charge of the Reds.
Ragnar Klavan became the first Estonian to play for Liverpool after joining from German outfit, Augsburg, for £4.2million last summer – which increasingly looks a bargain signing with every appearance.
It’s also the number of league defeats at Anfield in 2016 – against Man United back in January.
Sturridge became the fourth fastest post-war player to notch 50 goals for the Reds when he scored the third in the 4-0 Merseyside derby rout of Everton, doing so in just 87 appearances.
Sturridge’s goal against Stoke came just 56 seconds after the striker entered the field of play, which was the fourth fastest of a substitute in the Premier League in 2016/17 campaign so far.
Klopp handed Liverpool debuts to 17 players this year, including nine of the club’s academy graduates.
The 53,075 attendance at Anfield for Liverpool’s opening home clash of 2016/17 against Leicester was the biggest housed at the historic ground for 39 years.
After a long, painful and courageous 27-year fight, the inspirational families of the Hillsborough victims were finally vindicated for their relentless pursuit of the truth, as fresh inquests determined those who never came home were unlawfully killed and rightly absolved of any blame.
Rest in peace the 96. You’ll Never Walk Alone.