Here we are again. Another year will be over in mere matter of hours. Players may come, and players may go.
2017 saw us sign the player of the 2017-18 season, when we signed the consistently magnificent, yet ever so humble, Mohamed Salah. And, as we enter the new year, we can confidently say without a doubt that Virgil van Dyk is officially ours.
So, as we say farewell to 2017, let's look at the past year (1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017).
111 – The total number of goals scored by Liverpool FC in all competitions
77 – The total number of goals scored by the Fab Four (Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mané). To break that down even further, here are the individual goal tally for each player:
· Salah scored 23 goals – 17 in the Premier League (2017-18 season), five goals in the Champions League and one goal in the Champions League Qualification Round.
· Firmino scored 21 goals – six PL goals in the 2016-17 season, nine PL goals in the 2017-18 season and six goals in the UCL
· Coutinho scored 20 goals – eight PL goals in the 2016-17 season, seven PL goals in the 2017-18 season and five goals in the UCL
· Mané scored 13 goals – six PL goals in the 2016-17 season, four PL goals in the 2017-18 season and three goals in the in the UCL
69 – The total amount of yellow cards that were issued to Liverpool players.
54 – The total number of games we played in 2017 (40 Premier League matches, three FA Cup, three League Cup and eight in Europe). 54 is also the amount of goals that were scored away from home in 26 games.
49 – The most appearances by any Liverpool player – Roberto Firmino.
23 – The amount of goals that were scored by Liverpool in the group stage of the Champions League. This of course was a record for a British club and second only to Paris Saint-Germain's 25 goals which was also in this season’s UCL.
20 – The number of league wins the Reds recorded this year.
16 – The number of different scorers in all competitions.
Finally, we end 2017 in fourth place on the Premier League table and we are in the last 16 of the Champions League.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our readers for your support. I've only been with The Liverpool Offside team for two months and written 10 articles (this one included), but I already feel like a part of the TLO family.
I hope you all have a fantastic end to 2017 (doing whatever you feel like doing, not what everyone else feels you should be doing) and here's to an amazing 2018 for all of us and our incredible Liverpool football club.
Up the Mighty Reds!