10 facts about terrible Premier League start

Liverpool’s dismal start to the 2022/23 Premier League season continued with Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Arsenal which left them 10th in the table.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have accumulated just 10 points so far this season, having lost two and drawn four of their first eight league games.

The Reds have tallyed more than 90 points in three of the previous four seasons, including 99 when they won the 2019/20 title, so struggling to find themselves in midfield among two of the three newly promoted teams came as a shock .

Here are 10 facts and stats that illustrate just how stunning Liverpool have been so far this season.

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1. Away from the pace

The 3-2 win for Arsenal meant they returned to the top of the Premier League over Manchester City, while defeated Liverpool slipped to 10th place, a whopping 14 points behind the leaders. This comes after Klopp’s side finished 23 points ahead of the Gunners last season.

2. Drop points galore

Liverpool have dropped points in six of their first eight league games of the 2022-23 season. Overall, the Reds already have 14 points under their belt this season.

For comparison, it took until game 19 of last season to lose that many points, and in their 2019-20 title-winning season, they lost just 12 points overall.

3. The worst start in a decade

Liverpool have enjoyed their worst start to a league campaign in a decade since 2012/13, when they picked up a measly nine points from their first eight games under Brendan Rodgers in his first season at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers. The team finished seventh in the table, 28 points behind champions Manchester United.

However, it’s not the Reds’ worst start to a Premier League season ever; that came in 2010/11 under Roy Hodgson when his side took just six points from their first eight games.



Julien Laurens reacts to Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool.

4. Play catch-up

Thanks largely to a newly acquired talent for early goals, Liverpool have already spent more time behind this season (251 minutes) than all of last season (236 minutes).

5. Slow starts

Liverpool have already fallen behind at half-time six times this season, having fallen behind just once last season – at Manchester City in April. The Reds were 2-1 down at half-time at the Etihad, only Sadio Mane equalized in the first minute of the second half and the game ended 2-2.

what’s more according to OptaThe Reds started this campaign so slowly that if all Premier League games had ended at half-time in 2022-23 they would be the league’s lowest point with just four points to their tally (W1 U1 N6).

6. Problems in their travels

The defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates was Liverpool’s fourth consecutive away trip without a win in the Premier League, which marks their longest streak since October-December 2020, when they muddled through five straight games without winning any of them.

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7. The Bournemouth Curse

Jurgen Klopp must rue the day his side recorded an emphatic 9-0 win over Bournemouth on August 27. Since that fateful day which led to Scott Parker’s sacking as manager, the Cherries have been unbeaten in the Premier League, picking up nine points from five games under interim boss Gary O’Neil. Only Manchester City (13), Arsenal (12) and Tottenham (10) have scored more points during this period.

On the other hand, Liverpool have only picked up five points since then and now sit two points below Bournemouth in the table (despite the Cherries playing a game more).

8. Precarious goal difference

One of the quirks of the current Premier League table is that Liverpool sits 10th among three teams with a negative goal difference: Manchester United (5th, -2), Bournemouth (8th, -12) and Fulham (9th). , – 4).

But without the 0-9 against the cherries at the end of August, which skewed their +/- column, the Reds would also have a negative goal difference themselves (-1).

9. Salah loses the golden touch

Mohamed Salah – who shared the Premier League golden boot with Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min last season after scoring 23 goals – seemed livelier of the season with one goal and one assist in the 3-1 win over Manchester City way to have started community shield. Since then, the Egyptian’s scoring record has been stunning, with just two league goals in his first eight league games and none at all in his last five.

In fact, Salah’s last Premier League goal came on August 22 in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Since then he has failed to notch against Bournemouth, Newcastle, Everton, Brighton and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, ex-teammate Mané has already scored four goals in nine Bundesliga games for FC Bayern Munich, seven in a total of 14 games. Just say.

10. Payment of the Penalty

Bukayo Saka struck the decisive blow for Arsenal on Sunday when the 21-year-old striker converted the winner from the penalty spot in the 76th minute.

While the finish was confident and safe, the numbers were certainly on Saka’s side when he came to penalties as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s record against penalties is enough to give most shooters a timely boost.

The Brazil international has saved just one of 12 penalties in his career, seven (including Sakas) and four missed.

Information from ESPN’s Stats and Information Group was used in this report

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Emma Bowman

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