23 January 2014

Suarez and Sturridge's Shooting

FYI Defenders: Don't let Sturridge shoot centrally, especially close to goal. And you probably shouldn't let Suarez shoot from anywhere.

Both have improved on the second half of last season's numbers so far this season.

Over the 39 league matches since Sturridge made his debut, the two have been on the pitch for just 1368 minutes. Out of a possible 3510. Which is just 39%.

Incidentally, Liverpool's record in those 39 matches is 21W-10D-8L, an average of 1.87 points per game. When both Sturridge and Suarez start, Liverpool's record is 7W-5D-2L, an average of 1.86 points per game. Sturridge has come on as a substitute in five matches – against United, West Ham, Chelsea, Everton, and Stoke – with Liverpool winning one, drawing three, and losing one. Which is a fairly terrible record, but consider the competition. In addition, Sturridge has scored in four of those five substitute appearances, with Liverpool coming back from a deficit to draw in two of the three that finished level.

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