I remember earlier in the summer talking about the reasoning behind the signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing. According to statistics, Henderson and Adam were two of the leading chance creators last season while Downing was one of the leading assist makers. There is no doubt that our transfer policy was focused on finding players who can create opportunities for shots on goal.
So far the policy seems to have worked and who could say the Reds haven’t created bundles of chances so far this season? The big problem for us however has been converting those chances into goals. Manchester United have scored 18, Manchester City have scored 15 while Liverpool have only put 6 into the back of the net in 4 league games. 6 in four is not bad but with the chances created we should perhaps have a lot more.
I don’t think it can be denied that if we had converted one more chance in the first half against Sunderland, and had put away 2 of the 20 shots on goal we had against Stoke on Saturday, we would be sitting pretty at the top of the league on 12 points alongside both Man United and Man City. There is no doubt that this is the biggest difference between us and those teams at the top of the league at the moment, and the question becomes how we address the issue.
As I said at the beginning of the article, the likes of Henderson and Adam are chance creators, and although both players have scored one goal already this season, it would be safe to say that both players could have had a fair few more, especially Henderson.
In other areas, Stewart Downing has been unlucky not to score, while Luis Suarez has been excellent in all round play but has been wasteful in front of goal, despite his 3 goals.
In addition, we do need contributions from the defenders too and while Martin Skrtel has scored one already, and we must capitalise more on the dangerous set pieces provided by Charlie Adam.