These stats from WhoScored.com prove that our defenders aim to play simple passes from the back, whilst the ones from out more creative players have often failed to reach required targets…
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Here’s the pass success rate from Premier League matches this campaign.
10) Glen Johnson 82.9%
The right-back’s poor performance in Tuesday’s defeat to Hull may well be one of his last for the club with his contract coming to an end in the summer.
9) Emre Can 83%
Although he is starting to look jaded after a long season, Emre Can has been a revelation for much of the campaign. His transition from his previous position as a midfielder to a regular member of the back line has helped to develop attacks right from deep.
8) Steven Gerrard 85.6%
The fact that Gerrard regularly tries to spray longer passes makes his inclusion in this list impressive.
7) Dejan Lovren 85.9%
Of our natural centre-halves, Lovren’s passing stats are the worst. It’s been a ropey debut Liverpool season for the Croat, but we’re not giving up on him just yet.
6) Lucas Leiva 86.7%
The 28-year-old is clearly able to retain possession once he has won the ball back from the opposition. His passes often lack creativity, however.