An encouraging statistic for Liverpool ahead of Chelsea clash

It has been a bit doom and gloom for Liverpool in the last few days – their Premier League title hopes took a hit after losing to Swansea City and they were knocked out of the EFL Cup at the semi-final stage.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is experiencing a disappointing start to 2017 having won just one of their seven matches in all competitions.

They are now 10 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, whom they take on next Tuesday in a huge head to head at Anfield.

The stakes would have been high had the gap been seven points heading into the contest, but as it stands, the Reds are unlikely to end the season as Premier League champions.

Of course, if they manage to defeat Chelsea, perhaps the momentum will shift and they can further cement their spot in the top four.

Klopp’s men reside fourth in the standings after 22 games, with just six points separating second from sixth.

In what could give the Reds some encouragement ahead of the match at Anfield, Squawka has revealed that attacking player Roberto Firmino is the best in the Premier League so far at creating chances in the danger area.

As the tweet shows, the Brazilian has created 17 goalscoring opportunities from inside the area, while Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez is just behind him with 15.

Firmino’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane is also dangerous in the box, and his figure of 12 proves why the Reds are missing his presence while he competes in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Manchester City have had an inconsistent run in the top flight, but their winger Raheem Sterling has created the fourth-most chances in the danger area this season.