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Following his nomination in the PFA Team of the Season, I wanted to get in touch regarding a landmark achievement from  as he has become the first Premier League player to surpass 100 chances created this season.

De Bruyne has now created a total of 103 chances in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign. His achievement is even more impressive when put into context of those nearest to him in the number of chances created. As you can see from the below table, MesutÖzil has created the second most chances in the league, but still remains well behind Kevin De Bruyne, who has created 19 more chances than him. Additionally, De Bruyne has created 44 more chances that teammate David Silva, and 24 more chances than Christian Eriksen, both of whom were also voted in to the PFA Team of the Year yesterday. Paddy Power offered 4/9 odds on Kevin De Bruyne winning the PFA Player of the Year 2017-18 prize.However, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool eventually won the award. There are many other exciting betting offers available online. Bookies can check the latest offers for May 2018 on TheBookiesOffers and bet on their favorite teamsand matches. They can find offers like bet £10 get £30 by Coral or £50 free bet by Ladbrokes here. Bookies can also check the latest odds here and get free signup bonuses.

Furthermore, De Bruyne looks a certain favorite to be the first winner of the Premier League’s inaugural ‘playmaker of the year’ award, with 15 assists so far. This means he is only six assists away from breaking Thierry Henry’s record for most assists in a single Premier League season.  

Player Chances Created Assists Total Crosses (no corners) Goals
Kevin De Bruyne 103 15 144 7
MesutÖzil 84 8 34 4
CescFàbregas 80 4 46 1
Christian Eriksen 79 9 102 10
Eden Hazard 75 3 38 12

Meanwhile, Mo Salah has been a different monster all together in front of goal. After scoring his 30th goal of the 17/18 Premier League campaign against Bournemouth at the weekend, I wanted to get in touch with EA SPORTS data which reveals that  is the first Premier League player this season to attain 250 touches in the opposition box. The Egyptian striker seems all but set to be awarded the player of the season award, and the below data showcases just how effective he has been.

Known for his lightning pace and dribbling skills, Salah has worked has an ability to work way into scoring positions in the opposition box, and this is clearly shown in the below table andattached goal map. Salah also boasts one of the highest shots-goals ratio of the top Premier League strikers, having scored with 23.4% of his shots on target. Of the top six goal scorers this season, only Jamie Vardy has a better shots-goals ratio (28.3%).

Player Touches in Opposition Box Goals Assists Total Shots Shots-Goals Ratio
Mohamed Salah 250 30 9 128 23.44%
Harry Kane 200 25 2 165 15.15%
Sergio Agüero 171 21 6 94 22.34%
Raheem Sterling 235 17 8 78 21.79%
Jamie Vardy 142 17 1 60 28.33%
Roberto Firmino 177 15 7 77 19.48%

 

 

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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.

The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.

Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.

Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s a normal period of adaptation.

“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.

“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.

“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”

Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.

“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”

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The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.

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“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Joe Gomez Liverpool

Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.

The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.

However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.

Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.

A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.

Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.

Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.

The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.

There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.

James Milner – 7/10

Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.

Substitutes

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.

Fabinho – 5/10

The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.

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Roberto Firmino – NA

The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.

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