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  1. Liverpool have definitely been giving up a lot more chances than we have in the past, especially the season that we won the league. It is definitely something we need to work on. I do agree with this. However, my comments regarding Chelsea - they are somehow massively over performing in how many goals they have scored (26 goals from 18.7 xG) and in how many goals they are conceding (3 goals from 10.2 xGA). I think it would not be fair to describe them as being very tight at the back this season - if anything they have had a worse problem than Liverpool in giving up chances it just hasnt ended up in them conceding many goals. Obviously things can change going forward - often hot spells lead to confidence and teams just get better and better and that may well happen with Chelsea this year. EDIT: Man City have been by far the tightest team in defence this season. They seem to have a habit of switching off and not getting results this season though, lets hope that continues!
  2. The stats havent updated yet today but Chelsea have given up 10.0 xGA this season and Liverpool 9.5 xGA, thats likely to turn around a bit today but Chelsea have been running insanely hot this season. Obviously they can get better but if they keep playing like they have been so far they wont be winning the league.
  3. Have to say Brighton were excellent today and play really good football too.
  4. I thought the whole point in VAR was correcting obvious mistakes like that. I am surprised people are hand waving it away as what happens in football - it is very rare for there to be such a blatant example as that. Kane has literally given up possession of the ball in order to move into a defender making a normal attempt to block the cross. Saying that the defender has been stupid here is just bizarre to me - should defenders no longer try to block crosses by sliding well away from an attacker? No attack was impeded by the actions of the defender as the only way contact could be initiated was by Kane giving up possession so the ball was going off the pitch.
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    The thing I found interesting about the Saka one is that it was reviewed on VAR and you can clearly see it comes off Saka's knee last but yet they let the corner still stand. I guess VAR cant overturn the corner decision and they could only check the penalty? It is all such a mess.
  6. For some reason for both Van Dijk's and Mane's offside decisions the Liverpool line was drawn from half way along the players arm. The Mane one is nothing to do with going frame by frame from when the ball is played is it? Look at the red line in the picture, its coming from Mane's arm.
  7. The xG for the game was 3.15 vs 0.27. Sure our defence has been making mistakes it wasnt making for most of last season but every team has also been scoring pretty much every shot vs us too since lockdown - that cant keep happening. What an amazing start to the season - we really seem to just be able to win whatever happens.
  8. We are just a ridiculous team nowadays. Those goals were all amazing and it is such fun watching Liverpool almost every game. Have to say Genk looked really good too today I thought they played pretty well and still got hammered.
  9. I dont see what is so weird about it - Man U have struggled to score all season but have been rock solid in defence. In fact Man U have the best defensive stats out of any team in the Premier League this season. Their issue is scoring goals and especially scoring goals against defensive sides. They have scored only 10 goals all season and 5 of those are against Chelsea and Liverpool - two teams that attacked them and left space on the counter. It was always going to be a close game and in the end the small decisions cost us a win in the game.
  10. Arsenal have 4 points more this season than they got last season. You usually expect to need around 70 points for top 4 which is about where the teams are this season. I think it just appears worse this season because Chelsea / Man U / Tottenham / Arsenal have all been in terrible form to finish the season and because Liverpool and Man City got so many points.
  11. Even if, say, Arsenal won the Europa League and Liverpool won nothing I wouldnt trade seasons with them. I have loved watching Liverpool play this season they have been amazing and I expect them to be amazing next season too. Irrelevant of whether we win anything or not this year it is exciting being a Liverpool fan.
  12. You are moving the goal posts. You stated that Mane is possibly the most wasteful striker in the league to back up your point that he shouldn't be in the team of the year and compared him to Son/Kane and now you want to talk about goals per minute? What does that have to do with how wasteful a player is? Yes Kane has scored at a higher rate in terms of goals/min than Mane, but he also takes a lot more shots.
  13. 18 goals from 80 shots (and xG of 14.39) for Mane vs 17 goals from 102 shots (and xG of 16.12) for Kane says otherwise.
  14. Tarkowski and Mee have been the first choice centre backs for Burnley all season this season too though so what has changed? It is definitely true that Pope had an extraordinarily good season last season (in a similar way to De Gea). By way of comparison Burnley conceded 39 goals last season with an xGA of 52, and this season they have conceded 57 with an xGA of 55. The basic argument presented against using xG was simply that Burnley had similarly "lucky" stats the season before too and so it was more likely a problem with the model. At the time I posted an article from statsbomb showing that if you used a longer timeline this didnt hold so true, and I notice they have now posted a new article (on both Burnley and Man U from earlier in the season after only four games, but in fact the stats have continued in pretty much the same way since then to now) - https://statsbomb.com/2018/09/are-manchester-united-and-burnley-just-regressing-to-the-mean/. My explanation is just that the level of variance is so high that you cant even expect things to be close to levelling out over a season. Even 38 games is not a lot of data - you might use this to question the value of a system where it cant even be relied on over the course of an entire season but it always comes back to the point that it is the best we currently have access to, and that even if it is subject to huge variance it is still a lot more reliable than the actual results in predicting the future.
  15. You say it is clear from watching the game but that's not how the narrative goes either in terms of how the match analysts / commentators explain the game or in terms of how most fans post about how a game went. Most fans are not aware of how lucky or unlucky their team has been in any given season or even on a match by match basis. Your natural bias remembers events where your team missed chances (or increases their quality) and forgets about events where the other team missed chances. Compare the posts in the relevant threads here to say Man U's performance vs Arsenal to their performance vs PSG. Almost every fan and match commentator / analyst has completely results oriented thinking. The last time I brought up xG on this board was with relation to explaining how lucky Burnley were during last season and that they should have expected to be caught up in the relegation battle. This was rejected by the result Burnley fan (forgotten your handle sorry), and in general was not well received so I dropped it. This season they are back to performing pretty much as you would expect in xG. Last season one of the other big stories xG wise was how lucky Man U were particularly with regard to goals conceded. When I pointed this out it was also badly received - De Gea is just a world class shot shopper - of course he is stopping all these shots. This season they are back to performing pretty much as you would expect in xG. You cannot expect your brain to well assess probability without help because it doesnt.
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