Talking Tactics

Why Liverpool are the kings of the outswinging corner

By Adrian Clarke 11 Dec 2022
Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool v BOU

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Liverpool

Simplicity is the key for the Reds, who have scored seven times from corners this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side focus heavily on outswinging deliveries aimed towards Virgil van Dijk, confident that he will win his aerial duels.

The imperious Dutchman has had the most shots on goal from corners this season.

His team-mate Roberto Firmino is joint-second, with many of his efforts coming from second-ball knockdowns.

Most shots from corners 2022/23
Player Total
Virgil van Dijk 14
Aleksandar Mitrovic 12
Roberto Firmino 12

The big surprise is that Van Dijk has only scored one goal from a corner this season, in the 9-0 home win over AFC Bournemouth.

It stemmed from an Andrew Robertson outswinger, with Van Dijk simply outjumping his marker to head home.

This is Liverpool's go-to delivery and Van Dijk will surely add to his goal tally when the season resumes.

Also in this series

Part 1: Why goals from corners are heading for a record high
Part 2: How Spurs free Kane to score from corners
Part 3: How Fulham use blockers to capitalise from corners
Part 4: How Man City use short corners to feed Haaland
Part 6: Why Arsenal are a nightmare for goalkeepers from corners
Part 7: Which clubs are best at defending corners and why

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