This Liverpool star shows the danger of following stats

Modern football often feels powered by statistics. It’s now commonplace to crunch the numbers before, during and after games to get an insight into what’s happening. True, stats have their uses, and as the technology surrounding the beautiful game advances, so to will out level of understanding what’s happening and why. However, at the risk of sounding like a Luddite, statistics raise their own issues…

Just take this from WhoScored, who have highlighted Alberto Moreno’s contributions to Liverpool’s attacks.

The Spaniard has fed more key passes (39) in Premier League action to team-mates than any other defender this season. Sounds great, right? Moreno must be pretty darn creative?

Well… the ex-Sevilla man has seen just one of these ‘key passes’ converted into a goal (a rate of 2.5%), which begs the question: how useful are these balls he’s playing?

Well, anyone who’s watched Liverpool this season will known that Moreno and Philippe Coutinho operate on the same flank, and the Brazilian, much to the annoyance of many Kopites, has adopted a ‘shoot on sight’ policy. Also, Moreno himself is a bit guilty of floating aimless balls into the box toward Christian Benteke, leaving the Belgian with much work to do.

Okay, it’s positive that the Reds star is getting forward and he’s not entirely at fault, but has he actually been of much use?