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No goals, no assists, but 55 chances created. Was Downing really as bad as we made out?

Has downing really had that poor a season?As everybody knows Liverpool’s failures in front of goal last season have been well documented in the press. One person more than any received most of the flack from the fans of club and country, this was Downing, however the stats suggest this may be somewhat undeserving.

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By Yahya Essack

Has downing really had that poor a season?As everybody knows Liverpool’s failures in front of goal last season have been well documented in the press. One person more than any received most of the flack from the fans of club and country, this was Downing, however the stats suggest this may be somewhat undeserving.

On top of the list was Suarez who created 61 chances for his team mates which is followed by Downing who created 55 chances for his teammates. This points out that chances were created but wastefulness and inability to finish chances is the underlying factor behind the assists players get. If Liverpool had a clinical finisher to round off some of the chances created by Downing then we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about him having a poor season and Dalglish would still be in a job.

Another player who underperformed greatly this year was 3rd on the list; Charlie Adam created 40 chances, which again might seem surprising too many considering his below par performances. He was followed by Kuyt and Carroll who both created 40 chances which suggests the players brought in did create chances for others but the overall performance in matches over the 90 minutes was disappointing.

I feel if Liverpool had a world class number 9 to finish the chances created the assists column for the players mentioned above would have been merrier. A stat like chances created has to be looked at in a bigger picture next to goals, assists, chances missed to give a clearer picture to the public. Instead there will be calls of ifs and buts from so many in football after seeing stats published telling only part of the story.

Going back to the Downing situation he would be the first person to admit he hasn’t hit it off with Liverpool and has underachieved. For Liverpool fans we have to look to next season instead of the campaign just gone, the management have to be active in the transfer market to bring players in who will make a difference to a very average squad. Next season the only stat which will matter to all Liverpool fans is that of the league position.

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Liverpool legend open to these two Tottenham stars adding an extra-dimension to the attack

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: John Aldridge open to Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min joining Liverpool

Liverpool legend John Aldridge wrote for the Irish Independent and believes the Reds need to add some players to their attack.

The Reds were excellent last season and capped off the campaign by winning the Champions League.

Son Heung-min

Our attack was stretched a little with Roberto Firmino’s injury late in the season but Divock Origi scored some crucial goals for us. Aldridge believes that the Reds have to bolster the attack and a quality centre-forward could add an “extra dimension” to the side.

The former Red named a couple of Tottenham players and wondered if we could pry them from our rivals (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“So I wonder whether Lucas Moura could be prised away from Tottenham, as he had to be a little bemused to be left out of their Champions League final starting line-up after he scored a fantastic hat-trick in the semi-final against Ajax.

“Moura is a tricky forward who could slot into the team if any of the front three were out and the same could be said of his team-mate Son Heung-min, although I would be surprised if Spurs allowed the South Korean to leave after his outstanding season.”

Aldridge backed Jurgen Klopp and his team to possibly have an ace up the sleeve and sign a quality striker in the summer.

Wilfried Zaha

The former Red threw Wilfried Zaha’s name in the mix and claimed that Klopp could take the Ivorian to another level (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Son would be a great addition to the Reds

Son is one of the best in the Premier League and can play in the wide positions or as an attacking midfielder.

Moura might have done the magic for Spurs against Ajax, however, Son is more consistent and will improve in the coming seasons.

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It would be a miracle if we could steal the South Korean from Tottenham, but we should be in the market for a striker after seeing Daniel Sturridge leave in the summer.

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Liverpool willing to send 22-year-old starlet on loan to Premier League clubs

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds willing to send Harry Wilson on loan to Premier League sides

The Birmingham Mail reports that Liverpool will allow young winger Harry Wilson to join Premier League clubs on loan next season.

The 22-year-old was excellent for Derby as they reached the Championship play-off final, but he could not get them over the line.

Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson

The Welsh attacker racked up 16 goals and four assists for the Rams, and the report claims that this would be a blow for several Championship clubs interested in Wilson.

Derby and Leeds were interested in the 22-year-old, according to the report, but Premier League club Wolves are also keeping tabs on the attacker.

The Reds could sell Wilson for a fee of £20m while Wolves and other suitors could be interested in a loan deal for the Welshman (h/t Birmingham Mail).

Liverpool to finalise Wilson’s fate soon

The report claims that any decision on Wilson’s future depends on his performances in pre-season.

Harry Wilson Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp wants to take a close look at the 22-year-old in the summer as the Welshman tries to break into the Liverpool first-team.

Liverpool could do with cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out wide, and Wilson was in the form of his life last season.

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The 22-year-old could be an important player for us next season, however, he still has to improve a lot before being considered a starter at Liverpool.

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Liverpool talisman decides against £150million exit despite interest from European giants

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Mohamed Salah rejects £150million exit from Liverpool

The Mirror claims that Egyptian sensation Mohamed Salah has rejected a move away from Liverpool in the summer. The 27-year-old scored in the Champions League final to help the Reds win their first title under Jurgen Klopp.

Salah also won his second consecutive Golden Boot after ending the Premier League campaign as one of the top scorers.

The report claims that Real Madrid and Juventus were lining up £150million bids for the forward, and the Egyptian has been tempted by the two European giants.

However, the report claims that Salah feels it is not the right time to leave Anfield, given our Champions League exploits.

Sadio Mane is another player who has been enquired about, but the report claims that the Senegal star is in no mood to leave either.

The pair want to win the Premier League for the Reds and break that duck next season, and Salah will revisit his situation at the end of the next season (h/t Mirror).

No reason to leave Liverpool at all

There isn’t any reason why a player would want to leave the Reds at the moment.

Jurgen Klop lifts the Champions League trophy

Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophy

We play great football under Klopp, we have been on the up ever since he arrived and seem set to challenge for more trophies next season.

We have seen Philippe Coutinho struggle after his big move to Barcelona, while Real and Juve are in a transition period.

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Liverpool are more stable than the other clubs, and another trophy or two next season should keep everyone on board.

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