17 April 2014
Liverpool Players' Goals by Game State [Infographic]
Luis Suarez is the king of scoring when Liverpool are already ahead – 21 of his 29 goals came with Liverpool in the lead – although Sterling's quite good at is as well. Which is little surprise considering how dangerous both are on the counter-attack, when running at defenders.
Conversely, 77% of Gerrard's 13 goals have been with Liverpool either tied or behind by a goal, including all three of his non-penalty goals. 80% of Coutinho's five goals came in the same situation.
Skrtel's the only player with more than one goal to have scored all of his goals with the game 'still in the balance' – one goal with Liverpool behind by a goal (at Cardiff), three goals to give Liverpool the lead (at Chelsea, v Arsenal, and at Cardiff), and three goals with Liverpool ahead by just one (v Fulham, v Arsenal, v City).
Liverpool have scored only once when behind by two goals: Sturridge against Villa, a match that Liverpool went on to draw. Although, to be fair, Liverpool have been behind by two goals for just 42 minutes this season: for 31 minutes in the 0-2 loss at Arsenal, for the last three minutes of the 1-3 loss at Hull, and for eight minutes against Villa.
And, strangely, all four of the own goals scored by Liverpool's opponent happened with the score tied. Liverpool went on to win all four of those matches. As I've said more than a few times this season, it's better to be lucky and good.
Here's another way of looking at it.