Premier League Week 32 Standout Stats: Liverpool Back on Top of the Charts

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers congratulates Jon Flanagan and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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For the first time in 15 weeks of this Premier League campaign, Liverpool end their Week 32 on top of the standings, reassuming the spot they occupied for a respectable portion of the season's beginning.

Brendan Rodgers triumphed 4-0 over a stuttering Spurs rebellion, capitalising upon Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Arsenal and Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace to propel themselves into a divisional lead.

The top four wasn't the only section of the table given an almighty shake-up, though, and the following statistics and figures provide yet more intrigue into the most recent round of action.


Reds Ruling the Roost...

However precarious a position it might be, Liverpool sit atop the Premier League standings, with Chelsea and Manchester City remaining fixed on their heels.

And to mark such a rampant rise to reigning a new red dawn on England's shores, the official Premier League Twitter account was quick to point out the mathematics of it all:

The statistics aren't quite so complex in this regard, with the only numbers mattering be those of the two points and 11-plus advantage in the goals scored column when compared to second-place Chelsea.


...With the Cream Rising to the Top

Liverpool's runaway victory over Tim Sherwood's side was a composed display from back to front, with stars both big and small shining on the Anfield stage.

As Squawka and Infostrada Sports show, some of the team's more vintage names, in this case Luis Suarez and Daniel Agger, are to be more recognised for their performances:

If the Merseysiders are to do the unthinkable and win this season's Premier League title, however, it will require much more than key individual outings that harm their chances, but more of a team combine.


John Terry Comes Full Circle

What started out as a memorable day for John Terry, who as Infostrada Sports show was featuring in his 100th London derby on Saturday, ended in more miserable fashion:

It was far from the aftertaste Blues fans expected to be leaving Selhurst Park with this weekend, but how fitting it should be that a decisive strike to Chelsea's title hopes comes in unison with Terry's own lapse in concentration.


Everton Break 12-Year Streak Drought

Perhaps providing us with a signal of just how Roberto Martinez has improved things for the better at Goodison Park, Everton have shown a new strain of longevity in their 2013-14 campaign.

Looking to crack the top four at what may be their best opportunity to do so for some time, the Toffees' 3-1 win at Craven Cottage gave the club their fifth league win a row, a feat not managed by the side in some 11-and-a-half years, per OptaJoe:

That being said, the inability to stretch out such proficient periods of form is what's grown to be Everton's bug-bear in the past, leaving a decent assault course ahead before they can make their presence among the Champions League more known.


Jay Rodriguez Strengthening World Cup Ambitions

As Southampton continued their season in the same, chugging fashion this weekend, a 4-0 win over Newcastle United once again saw the Saints' biggest stars march on most vigilant.

And one of those heroes in need of renaming is Jay Rodriquez, who, as shown by OptaJoe, had 10 shots on goal individually against the Magpies, which comes in at a new single-game high for the campaign:

The former Burnley starlet isn't just creeping his way into a World Cup spot, but is more akin to that of hammering his will upon its breeches.

The only question now is whether or not Roy Hodgson is listening to what bellows below.


Wayne Rooney Taking the Reins Once More

It's difficult to debate that Wayne Rooney, refreshed with a spanking new £300,000-a-week contract to his name, hasn't been Manchester United's best player this season.

And in a Saturday meeting against Aston Villa, where circumstances were made that much tougher after suffering an early setback, Rooney once again played the role of saviour for his Red Devils, as WhoScored point out:

The Man of the Match showing shows that the striker is still oh so capable of putting the side's fortunes almost single-handedly in his own palms, playing his jack-of-all-trades character once more against the Birmingham visitors.


Jordon Mutch Showing Some Initiative

Cardiff City's low scoring rate this season has been unimpressive by all accounts, but the Bluebirds have found it especially difficult to get out of the blocks early on in games.

Jordon Mutch's decision to break that trend by scorching in a wonderfully whipped 30th-minute lifeline was rightfully picked out as significant by OptaJoe:

A late-decided 3-3 draw at West Brom won't save Cardiff's season, but the prospects shown in a resilient encounter speaks well of the club's survival hopes.