Stat attack: Guess who’s outpassing Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool

Updated: September 27, 2012

Liverpool’s slow start to the season has left some fan’s frustrated with Brendan Rodger’s style of play, but the Press Association Sports stats show that his system is starting to take hold at Anfield.

The Brendan Rogers belief in playing the ball out from the back is starting to kick in at Liverpool. They sit second behind Rogers’ old club Swansea for successful passes in the defending third.

Joe Allen certainly puts a shift in for Liverpool. In the five games he has played he has travelled further than anyone else on the pitch three times and was in the top three in the other two games. He ranks third overall for all players for distance travelled this season behind Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and Mark Noble of West Ham.

Many might expect Stoke to be bottom of the season stats regarding distance travelled with the ball – well, they are third from bottom, but above Reading and Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland who prop up the table.

There could be some stiff necks in the Stoke midfield – Stoke sit bottom of the table for successful passes in the middle third.

Top of the ball receptions stat at the weekend was Mikel Arteta during Arsenal’s great performance against Champions Man City. In fact, looking at the Sunday EPL games alone Arsenal’s trio of Arteta, Carzola and Ramsey fill the top three spots.

The speed stats show why Jermain Defoe has looked so sharp in and around the box for Spurs this season, he tops the acceleration stats at 1.52 m/s.

Amazingly both clubs again sit side by side when it comes to successful passes in the attacking third, sadly this time in mid-table. Man Utd are clear at the top with 555.

No surprises in the total passing stats, Arsenal, Man Utd and Man City lead the way.

One team who are putting in the miles to make their mark in the EPL this season are Southampton who lead the way in total distance travelled.

Analysis proved by Press Association Sport

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