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.
The number of games played by Liverpool in all competitions this year, starting with a 2-0 loss at West Ham but ending with a fantastic 1-0 victory against Man City.
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.
This was also the number of red cards Liverpool received in 2016, with James Milner and Brad Smith the recipients.
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.
Liverpool won 21 of 38 Premier League games played in 2016, with only Chelsea winning more league games than the Reds with 23.
The Reds collected 73 points in the Premier League across the calendar year, winning 21 games and drawing 10. Only Chelsea won more points (79).
Liverpool’s win percentage in the Premier League in 2016 stood at 55 per cent, with the Reds winning 21 of 38 league games.
The amount of top-flight goals Liverpool scored last year, which is their highest total of the Premier League era and the most in a calendar year since 1985.
The number of successful passes Klopp’s team completed in the league in 2016 – the highest of any English top-flight side.
Adam Lallana ended 2016 having been directly involved in 21 Premier League goals, posting 11 goals and 10 assists – more than any other midfielder in the top-flight.
The amount of clean sheets Liverpool posted in all competitions in 2016, with the last coming in the huge win over Man City.
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.
Roberto Firmino scored the most Premier League goals for the Reds in the calendar year, hitting the net 15 times.
Liverpool posted their biggest win under Klopp as they thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in February, inflicting the Villians’ heaviest home defeat in 81 years in the process.
Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s 100th league goal of Klopp’s tenure when he netted the fourth in the Reds’ 4-1 thrashing of Stoke at Anfield.
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.
This was also the number of appearances made by Nathaniel Clyne in 2016, which was the most of any Liverpool player.
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.
Ben Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever goal-scorer when he notched against Leeds United in the League Cup quarter-final, aged just 17 years and 45 days.
This was also the total number of goals netted in all competitions by Roberto Firmino, who finished the year as Liverpool’s top scorer.
This was the highest squad number worn by a Liverpool player in 2016, as donned by Pedro Chirivella.
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.
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