And it’s back. The international break may have been slightly more interesting than usual, the Nations League really isn’t bad, but we’re all happy to have club football back in our lives.
The Premier League begins again with a huge clash, with Liverpool travelling to Wembley to face Tottenham. Here’s our Stats Digest for the weekend’s marquee fixture.
• Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris will both be missing for Tottenham, with the former picking up a hamstring injury on international duty and latter having failed to recover from a groin strain.
• Adam Lallana is missing for Liverpool after also leaving England’s camp with injury.
• Erik Lamela is expected to be available again for Mauricio Pochettino, but Moussa Sissoko is still a week away from returning to training.
• Liverpool are one of the three perfect sides left in the division (Watford and Chelsea are the others) and they’ve conceded just one goal in their four games.
• Spurs have been less impressive: they’ve won three of four, but conceded in three of those games, with their only clean-sheet coming at Old Trafford.
• Liverpool are averaging 16.5 shots per game to Tottenham’s 15.
• Jurgen Klopp’s team have also enjoyed slightly more possession, too: 58% to 54.5%.
• Liverpool have been far more accurate in their football, though, completing 87.1% of their passes to Tottenham 80.5%.
• The biggest disparity comes in defence – what a turnaround. Only Manchester City are giving up fewer shots per game than Liverpool’s 7.8, while Tottenham are conceding a very average 13.8.
• This game brings together the two least fouled teams in the league: Liverpool have won just 8.3 free-kicks per game to Tottenham’s 8.5.
• Sadio Mane is the Premier League’s joint top-scorer with four goals (with Aleksandar Mitrovic).
• Only Sergio Aguero is averaging more shots per game than Mohamed Salah’s 4.8.
• Only David Silva is averaging more than Salah’s 3.3 key passes per game.
• Kieran Trippier averages more crosses per game (3.3) than any other player in the competition.
• Tottenham’s last five Premier League games have all produced three goals or more.
• Liverpool have only lost one of their last twelve games against Tottenham in all competitions.
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