Liverpool have undeniably played a slower, more methodical brand of football this season.
The ferocious ‘heavy metal football’ has only really been deployed in moments – against Arsenal and Hoffenheim at home perhaps the most memorable.
That much has been visible to the eye, but stats supplied by the Echo now back it up.
In the Premier League, we’ve covered the 11th most ground with 1,217km – which is way behind the likes of Bournemouth and Spurs – two teams renowned for an all-over press.
In Jurgen Klopp’s first season, we were at the top of the ground covered rankings.
What’s more, our 5,674 sprints puts us 7th in this table, with runaway leaders Manchester City way out ahead with 6,198. Again, lots of sprints is something you’d expect to be characteristic of a Klopp side, but this term, not so much…
Klopp’s style of play last term was blamed for us leading in the injury table, which eventually cost us a title shot – but we’ve had plenty of players out in 2017/18 as well!
We’d personally really like the team to employ our swarm tactics in the bigger matches, as we did last term. This season though we’ve lost to City, Spurs and drawn with United – scoring just once in the process.