Chelsea’s match on Monday against Manchester United was far from memorable.
Neither side were particularly impressive, with them managing just four shots on target between them. In the end, it was the Red Devils who picked up all three points thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire in a 2-0 victory.
The second came from a corner, and it led to a rather interesting stat being revealed during the post-match analysis. As per Sky Sports, the Blues concede one goal from every 11 corners, whilst Liverpool’s rate is an astonishing one in 120.
This was shared by Liverpool reporter Dave O’Connell on his Twitter page, as you can see below.
That’s an amazing stat on Sky. Liverpool only concede a goal from on average 120 corners (Chelsea concede one goal in every 11). Wow. I remember not so long ago having my heart in my mouth everytime we conceded a set piece.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) February 17, 2020
This has got the Liverpool fans talking. Some believe that Virgil van Dijk’s presence has played a big role.
VVD presence. Without him we wouldn’t be where we are really.
— liverpoollady (@liverpoollady2) February 18, 2020
The van dijk effect
— olaoluwa (@Laboi) February 18, 2020
Indeed, the Netherlands international is arguably the best defender in the world, as the latest Ballon d’Or rankings indicate, and he has won an average of 4.8 aerial battles per match in the Premier League this term. His influence is there for all to see.
Many supporters remember the days of zonal marking, clearly.
I remember the days of Rafa Benitez when we struggled with zonal marking when it came to corners.
— Busumburu Sir Dr Kudzo (@iamkudzo) February 18, 2020
Zonal marking during the 2009-10 season 😱 every conceded set piece felt like we had conceded a penalty.
— Jennifer 1️⃣💋 (@Jennybooo97) February 17, 2020
2009 when hiddink exploited our zonal marking and dumped us out of UCL. That hurt a lot because we were goooood that year
— Fadhlan (@na2kap) February 18, 2020
Yep ……madness …..but then again when you mix Lovren and Mignolet with things like Zonal marking it’s no wonder really.
— Glenn (@Alivirgtrentrob) February 18, 2020
Rafa Benitez was an advocate of zonal marking, which apparently wasn’t popular amongst the supporters.
Others, meanwhile, are now happy to see the opposition earn corners for another reason.
Now I get excited about a counter opportunity
— Reid Ashby (@rashby93) February 18, 2020
The best part is I’m more confident we’ll end up scoring on the break when defending a corner than i am conceding
— craig armitage (@craigarmo) February 17, 2020
Whilst they may not all have come from corners, Liverpool have scored seven goals from counter-attacks this term in the Premier League – more than any other side.