After 14 games, Liverpool have banked 22 points and sit in sixth place – but how does that record compare to the previous 12 seasons?
A lot has been made of the Reds’ start to the 2022/23 season after four league defeats in just 14 games, double the amount recorded across the entire 38 fixtures last season.
The Reds’ issues have been put firmly under the microscope, with injuries, transfers – or lack thereof – fatigue, formations and desire, among others, all having their time in the spotlight.
As for how the start to the Premier League season compares to previous campaigns, only in three other seasons have Liverpool notched less than 22 points after 14 games since 2010/11.
Season 2012/13 had the lowest points amassed after 14 fixtures with 16 points, then 2010/11 with 19 and 2014/15 closes out the bottom three with 20 points.
- Liverpool’s fourth-worst league start since 2010/11
- Average league points after 14 games is 26.4 in last 13 seasons
At the other end of the spectrum, the top point hauls at the same juncture came in 2019/20 (40), 2018/19 (36) and 2020/21 and 2021/22 (both 31).
On average since 2010/11, Liverpool’s point tally after 14 games is 26.4, leaving Liverpool -4.4 adrift of their average for the first time since 2015/16 – when Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers.
As for positions in the table, the lowest Liverpool have been after 14 games is 12th in 2012/13, whilst they have twice been first (2019/20 and 2020/21).
Liverpool have plenty of work to do when their campaign resumes at Aston Villa on Boxing Day but their training camp in Dubai will afford Klopp plenty of time to lay the foundations.
“We know we can do better, we have to do better, and we will do better,” Klopp said after the last game before the World Cup break.
“We have three weeks with a big group, a proper pre-season for the long rest of the season which starts with lots of games, but that’s fine.”