5 Mind-Blowing Stats from the Premier League Weekend

Peter BrownellContributor IFebruary 18, 2013

5 Mind-Blowing Stats from the Premier League Weekend

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    Due to FA Cup fixtures this weekend, there was only one Premier League match: Liverpool vs. Swansea. 

    Because we only have one match to sift through we have the unique luxury of presenting all the data here from the same game: Five figures, one match.

    A few themes emerge from the information, one of which is the clear dominance of Luis Suárez.

    All statistics are discovered directly from the EPL index, Whoscored and Squawka, fantastic websites all powered by the meticulous Opta

35 Shots

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    The Reds spent a fair amount of their Sunday assaulting the Swansea goal. 

    Michel Vorm, Swansea's goalkeeper, will surely be sore tomorrow morning.

    Liverpool managed to fire off an impressive 35 shots—more than a shot every 3 minutes.  Three were headed, 20 were hit with the right foot and 12 with the left foot. 

    Of the 35 shots, 10 found the target, 16 missed, one rattled the woodwork and nine were blocked. 

    It's no wonder they were able to score five goals. 

8 Chances Created

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    Liverpool's mercurial striker, Luis Suárez, was his typically generous self. 

    The Uruguayan international dished out an impressive eight key passes  on the afternoon.  His vision and touch were nearly impeccable.  They almost always are.

    His efforts earned him an assist.  The eight chances he created doubled the amount of the next closest players, his teammates Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge.  They each created four chances.

    His possession game was on point as well.  He completed 79 percent of his 48 total passes, only attempted four long balls (connected all of those as well) and lead the team in through balls with two.

    He also added a goal in there for good measure. 

92 Percent Passing Accuracy

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    Speaking of superior passers, Liverpool's skipper, Steven Gerrard, put on a passing clinic Sunday. 

    The Englishmen was the most prolific passer in the game, attempting 78 total passes.  Gerrard was on point in the process, connecting on 92 percent of these occasions. 

    Such precise distribution is particularly noteworthy considering just how much the ball was at his feet.

    Perhaps even more mind-blowing is Gerrard's long-ball accuracy. 

    He attempted 17 long balls and only missed a teammate once.  16 of 17 long balls were accurate.  Quick one touch football, or long ball football: Gerrard is an exceptionally diverse and divine maestro. 

13 Dribbles vs. 4 Dribbles

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    Given Liverpool's inflated scoring this match, it is no wonder they were more dangerous with the ball at their feet. 

    The metric Dribbles measures how often an attacker attempts to beat a defender in a one-on-one situation and is successful.

    The Reds were in the mood on Sunday, completing more than triple the amount of dribbles than the far less adventurous Swansea.  Swansea only completed four successful dribbles. 

    Suárez and Daniel Sturridge lead Liverpool with three dribbles each. 

    Glen Johnson added two dribbles. 

    Four Swansea players each completed one dribble: Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Pablo Hernández and Wayne Routledge. 

18 Total Duels

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    Suárez was the most active one-on-one player in the game. 

    His 18 total duels (16 ground, 2 aerial) were the most duels of anyone in the game. 

    18 combined duels was nine more than any player on the entire Swansea team. 

    The next closet player was another Liverpool player, his teammate, Glen Johnson (12 ground duels, one aerial duel).

    Suárez won just over every other ground duel, finishing the match with a 56 percent ground duel winning percentage.  He only went for two aerials and lost both.

    Is there any player in the Premier League more important to his team than Luis Suárez?