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Monday 24 February 2014

Liverpool move top of goalscoring charts

Reds guarantee goals as prolific strikeforce have Chelsea record in their sights

Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have been prolific for Liverpool this season

Liverpool’s pulsating 4-3 win over Swansea City on Sunday may have been one of the more nerve-racking victories the Anfield crowd has witnessed this season, but it may also have been one of the most significant. The victory keeps the Reds firmly in the title race and they look increasingly likely to finish in the top four. They are also showcasing their credentials as the Barclays Premier League's most dangerous attacking team.

While most eyes have been on the attack at Manchester City this season, Liverpool's four goals on Sunday mean that they have become the top-scoring team in the league this season. Here, premierleague.com looks at all the stats you need to know about Liverpool’s incredible goalscoring form this season.  

Most goals

  • Liverpool have overtaken Manchester City as the leading goalscorers in the Barclays Premier League for the 2013/14 season. The Reds have scored 70 goals in 27 matches, while City have 69 in 26.
  • That means Brendan Rodgers’ side are on course to beat Chelsea’s all-time goalscoring record in BPL history. The Blues had scored 63 goals at this stage of the 2009/10 season, when they registered a record 103 for the campaign.

Own record

  • Liverpool’s record for goals scored in a Barclays Premier League season stands at 77 in 2008/09. With 11 matches of the current season remaining, the Reds are only seven shy of matching that record.

 

most goals scored by Liverpool in a BPL Season
Season Goals
2008/09 77
2000/01 71
2012/13 71
1995/96 70
2013/14*
70

*after 27 matches

Quick out the blocks

  • With 27 fixtures played this season Liverpool have broken the record for the number of first-half goals scored in a campaign. Their 46 so far beats the joint-record held by Arsenal (in 2002/03) and Manchester United (in 2012/13) with 45.
  • The Reds have also netted in each of their last 17 league matches before half-time and in their last three have scored nine before the break.

 

most first-half goals scored in a BPL season
Team Season First-half goals
Liverpool 2013/14
46
Arsenal 2002/03 45
Manchester Utd 2012/13 45
Chelsea 2010/11 43
Manchester Utd 2000/01 42
Manchester Utd 2002/03 40
Manchester Utd 2011/12 40
Chelsea 2012/13 40


Deadly 'SAS'

  • Luis Suarez is the Barclays Premier League’s top scorer this season with 23 goals.
  • The Uruguay striker has also provided the joint-most assists (nine), with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
  • Daniel Sturridge’s two goals against Swansea means he has scored in eight consecutive league matches. He is only the second player in Barclays Premier League history to do so, after former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has done so twice and holds the record at scoring in 10 matches in a row.
  • Sturridge has 18 goals in 19 Barclays Premier League appearances this season. The England striker is second on the minutes per goal ratio (minimum 10 league goals) across the top five European leagues with a goal scored every 81 minutes. He is beaten only by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who has averaged a goal every 80 minutes.

Prolific going forward, but porous at the back

  • For all their attacking prowess, the victory over Swansea also highlighted Liverpool's defensive frailties. They have conceded 35 goals in their 27 matches this season, the second most in the top half of the table, after Newcastle United.
  • In their last 24 league matches, Liverpool have only kept three clean sheets and in 11 fixtures they have conceded two or more goals this season.
  • However, as the Swansea match proved, it means that with Liverpool you are guaranteed goals, more so than any other team. Matches involving Liverpool this season have featured 103 goals in total, seven more than Manchester City, who have played a match fewer.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool on course to break Chelsea's all-time Barclays Premier League goalscoring record
  • Reds also seven goals shy of their own BPL record
  • Scroll down to read all the stats and facts you need to know