While the fact Leeds outran Liverpool by an extra man on Saturday may be a concern, another key stat from Anfield better explains the 2-1 defeat.
In the wake of the Reds’ latest loss in the Premier League, much has been made of the running stats shared during Sky Sports’ coverage.
Leeds covered 122km throughout the 90-plus minutes at Anfield, while Liverpool managed 111km.
That means, to a man, Leeds ran 1km more than every Liverpool player on average, which has led many to question the desire and energy of Klopp’s side.
It stands to reason that Jesse Marsch’s side will have run more, given they were chasing the ball throughout, with Klopp bemoaning Liverpool’s inability to control the game in his post-match interviews.
“The boys tried, they really tried,” he told Sky Sports.
“We had a lot of possession, we obviously had big chances which we should use.”
The Frenchman made a total of nine saves on Saturday night, which is more than any other goalkeeper in a Premier League game so far this season:
In that last half-hour, the hosts fired 15 shots on goal to their opponents’ four, with seven of those on target and four more blocked.
The energy drain played a part in their profligacy, as was evident when Firmino failed to connect properly with a left-footed volley, but Meslier’s heroics cannot be undersold when analysing the result.