Size Matters - Liverpool Fans Are Going To Want To See This Amazing Stat That Makes The Reds Champions Elect
Think size doesn't matter? Think again. A remarkable statistic has emerged to show that Liverpool are Premier League champions-elect if they continue to pick up points on certain sizes of pitch.
According to Simon Brundish of the Strength Lab, Liverpool have generally struggled on bigger pitches in the top-flight, collecting 1.33 points per game on pitches that measure over 7,000-square-metres during the past two seasons.
However, Jurgen Klopp's men thrive on smaller pitches as they have collected a much-improved 2.6 points per game on average on pitches measuring less than 7,000sqm.
It is no surprise to see that Anfield, where Liverpool are unbeaten in the league since April 2017, measures 6,868sqm and they will be confident of taking maximum points from their remaining home games against Burnley, Tottenham, Chelsea, Huddersfield and Wolves.
Liverpool's five remaining away games see them visit four teams with pitches measuring less than 7,000sqm as they head to Goodison Park (6,800sqm) to take on their local rivals Everton on Sunday, before trips to Fulham (6,500sqm), Southampton (6,936sqm),Cardiff (6,800sqm), and then it's a game against Newcastle at St James' Park, where the pitch is a huge 7,140sqm (pitch sizes courtesy of Football-Stadiums.co.uk).
So, what is the reason for Liverpool's success on smaller pitches? The fabled pressing style favoured by Jurgen Klopp must be a consideration (as Simon Brundish points out on Twitter) - as the Reds have less space to cover and press than at the bigger grounds.
Indeed, Liverpool have drawn or lost games at the likes of Napoli, Paris St-Germain, Red Star Belgrade, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham - all pitches measuring over 7000sqm - during the course of this campaign.
What does this all mean for Liverpool's title hopes in the Premier League?
Well, if the Reds continue to pick up points according to pitch size then Simon Brundish reckons they would collect 26 points from their 10 remaining games to finish the season with 96 points, leaving Manchester City with an almighty challenge when trying to overhaul them.
Of course, plenty of other factors will come into play - pressure, fortune, tactics - but this pitch statistic was a gem that will fill Liverpool fans with hope!
on smaller pitches, they average 2.6 points per game
Anfield is 6868sqm
of the remaining 6 away games, 5 are on pitches smaller than Anfield and Southampton is 6936