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Liverpool tallying higher possession stats and fewer kilometres covered in 2017-18

Liverpool have been known as a team that will cover plenty of the pitch during Jurgen Klopp’s time as manager. The team have gained a reputation for working hard and running all day long under the management of  the German. However, this season’s team are tallying two very different statistics than Klopp’s previous sides.

A different version of Klopp’s Liverpool

According to the Echo, Liverpool are just 11th in kilometres covered by a Premier League team this term. The Reds have run for a combined 1,217 kiolmetres.

While the number of kilometres covered is down, the Reds are enjoying far more possession this term than they are used to. Klopp’s side averages 57.1% possession per game. It is a statistic not common for a Klopp side, as the German prefers a high pressing, counter attacking style.

Of course, the biggest downfall for Liverpool this season has been the team’s defence. The Reds have been guilty of some extremely sloppy defending despite their brilliant attacking play. The club were unable to land centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the last transfer window, and itt has been the central part of the defence that has looked the most vulnerable.

Once the international break ends and the Premier League resumes, Liverpool will host Southampton in their next match.