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Liverpool 20...errr...21 Game Player Review

Liverpool 20 21 Game Player Review

January 13th, time for the roughly-halfway player review. Since the last installment I've changed the calculations for the statistics ever so slightly . Before, a player's performance was evaluated for each game, and those individual evaluations were averaged to arrive at a result. Now, all relevant statistics (expected goals, actual goals) are summed and then averaged using the number of appearances as the denominator. The former method would skew the scores for players who normally didn't play the majority of games. The new method is far more fair and a better representation (in my opinion).

With that out of the way, here are the numbers, grouped by position.

CB

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Sakho

CB

0.51

-0.085

0.59

8

698

1.75

Skrtel

CB

0.045

-0.026

0.07

17

1530

1.65

Lovren

CB

0.045

0.084

-0.04

16

1218

1.44

Toure

CB

-0.169

0.025

-0.19

8

551

1.88

Interestingly, Toure has the lowest score but the highest average points per appearance.

FB

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Enrique

FB

0.519

-0.224

0.74

3

184

3

Manquillo

FB

0.518

0.041

0.48

10

761

1.7

Moreno

FB

0.076

-0.132

0.21

15

1278

1.27

Johnson

FB

-0.014

0.073

-0.09

11

862

1.45

Is Enrique the best FB, or is this a small sample problem? Hmmm....

GK

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Mignolet

GK

0.23

-0.089

0.32

19

1694

1.63

Jones

GK

-0.104

0.513

-0.62

3

196

1.33

Poor Brad Jones.

MID

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Leiva

MID

0.363

-0.116

0.48

11

810

2.18

Henderson

MID

0.294

-0.066

0.36

20

1725

1.6

Allen

MID

0.169

-0.069

0.24

11

607

1.45

Sterling

MID

0.233

0.023

0.21

20

1716

1.45

Can

MID

0.095

-0.054

0.15

10

587

1.7

Gerrard

MID

0.233

0.093

0.14

20

1613

1.45

Lallana

MID

0.031

-0.026

0.06

14

979

1.43

Markovic

MID

0.056

0.052

0

12

600

1.33

Coutinho

MID

0.044

0.311

-0.27

18

1311

1.44

Lots of midfielders here. Lucas is King...more about the others later

ST

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Sturridge

ST

1.148

-0.2

1.35

3

270

2

Balotelli

ST

0.016

-0.272

0.29

12

760

1.42

Lambert

ST

0.202

0.286

-0.08

16

566

1.25

Borini

ST

0.106

0.285

-0.18

9

275

0.89

Balotelli is the best of the worst.

Coutinho In the Cellar

How can Lallana and Coutinho be at the bottom of this chart when they've been so good? The answer my friends is: selective memory. The sad truth is that they were not good for much of the first half of this season. In my opinion part of that is down to a run of bad form (Couts), getting match fitness and adjusting to a new team (Lallana). We can probably lay a little blame at the feet of the manager as well for not putting his players in the best position to succeed.

So, to make things better (in my mind), let's check out the numbers from the "Age of the 3 CBs" forward (games after 12/9):

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Can

MID

0.714

0.012

0.7

4

315

2.5

Lallana

MID

0.777

0.118

0.66

5

357

1.6

Leiva

MID

0.655

0.06

0.6

5

432

2.2

Coutinho

MID

0.4

0.247

0.15

6

522

1.83

Henderson

MID

0.359

0.217

0.14

6

540

1.83

Sterling

MID

0.554

0.476

0.08

5

443

1.6

Markovic

MID

0.084

0.207

-0.12

6

307

1.83

Gerrard

MID

0.07

0.36

-0.29

5

405

1.6

Allen

MID

-0.8

1.1

-1.9

1

90

0

That's better

One final note - you'll notice on the post 12/9 Midfielder table the "ga_net" column that everyone is a positive number (although Can and Lucas are basically 0). Positive numbers in that column are bad - it means you give up more goals than the average EPL team. As a team, before 12/9 our ga_net was negative. After the switch to 3 CBs it has shot up quite a bit:

lastName

pos

gf_net

ga_net

net

apps

minutes

avg_pts

Liverpool

Pre-12/9

0.127

-0.096

0.22

15

1350

1.4


Post-12/9

0.359

0.217

0.14

6

540

2

ETW's take? We're playing with fire going for All The Goalz without a genuine goal scorer...





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