A fix for Liverpool

A change of position for Steven Gerrard? Liverpool might have to consider it

Originally Published: October 26, 2012
By Albert Larcada | ESPN Insider
Luis SuarezJohn Powell/Getty ImagesLuis Suarez needs to be a much more efficient finisher for Liverpool if the Reds want to improve.

Forward Luis Suarez is Liverpool's best player. Watch him on the field for the Reds -- which isn't hard, since he has played every possible minute in the league so far this season. His constant movement and creativity are a real joy to watch.

But if you can't stomach a full Liverpool match these days, let me give you some facts. Suarez leads all Premier League forwards with 23 chances created (tied for fourth in the league overall). When he is not setting up teammates, he is blowing by his opponents with his speed. He has gotten by defenders in a one-on-one situation 25 times in the attacking third of the field, 10 more times than any other player. This has helped get him to his league-high total of 32 shots inside the penalty area.

Sounds good so far, right? Unfortunately for Liverpool supporters, there is another side to this story. Liverpool's best player this season has also been its biggest problem.


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Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.