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Surprising stats reveal Liverpool attack as much to blame as defence

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Liverpool's defence were under more criticism following their 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at the weekend. Although much of the finger pointing has been directed at the likes of Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet, our stats in fact reveal that the Liverpool's much praised attack is as much to blame for their poor start to the season. 
The Reds sit a worrying joint 13th, alongside Huddersfield Town and Swansea City, in a key attacking area. Having scored 14 goals from 168 shots, Liverpool's conversion rate of 8.33 per cent should concern their fans. 
Only Manchester City have had more attempts at goal (170) than Liverpool (168), however a total of seven teams have outscored the Reds (14) in the Premier League this season; Manchester City (32), Manchester United (22), Tottenham (19), Chelsea (17), Arsenal (17) and Watford (15).  
Liverpool top scorer Mohamed Salah has scored five goals from 31 shots (16.13%), a reasonable return. But when analysing a number of their other forwards, the stats reveal some concerning numbers. 



Philippe Coutinho has scored just two goals from 21 shots (9.52%), Roberto Firmino has netted two goals from 19 shots (10.53%), while Daniel Sturridge has found the back of the net just once from 17 attempts (5.88%). 
Manchester City unsurprisingly top the rankings, scoring 32 goals from 170 shots, a excellent conversion rate of 18.82 per cent. Striker Sergio Aguero has recorded both the most attempts (27) and the most goals (7) for Pep Guardiola's side, an exceptional individual conversion rate of 25.93 per cent. 
Manchester United sit second in the rankings with a conversion rate of 16.18 per cent. Top scorer Romelu Lukaku (7 goals) has registered 34 shots at goal, a conversion rate of 20.59 per cent. 
Chelsea's conversion rate of 14.78 per cent has the Blues sat third in the rankings having scored 17 goals from 115 shots. Top scorer Alvaro Morata has netted six goals from 22 attempts, an outstanding conversion rate of 27.27 per cent. 
Tottenham fall from from third in the actual Premier League table to sixth in the conversion rate table, scoring 19 goals from 166 shots (11.45%). The league's top scorer and top shooter, Harry Kane, has taken 57 shots to net his eight league strikes, a personal conversion rate of 14.04 per cent. 
Arsenal's position of eighth in the table is the result of finding the back of the net with just 17 of their 161 shots, a conversion rate of 10.56 per cent. Summer signing, Alexandre Lacazette, is the Gunners top scorer with five goals from 20 shots, a conversion rate of 25 per cent. 
It's no shock to see Crystal Palace bottom of the pile, scoring just two goals from 106 shots (1.89%). 
Russell Cane
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