Just How Good Are Liverpool Without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres?

Siva PrasadCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16:   Fernando Torres of Liverpool is congratulated by team mate Steven Gerrard (R) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at Anfield on December 16, 2009 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Much has been made of whether or not Liverpool can win matches when they are without their dynamic duo, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard .

Facts speak for themselves, and now I reveal the real truth concerning Liverpool, and how the play when their two biggest stars are in attendance, and also when they are absent.

When their lethal striker Fernando Torres plays for them in the EPL, Liverpool have won eight out of fourteen matches, making for a success rate of 57 percent .

Those eight matches include big wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa who are fellow contenders for the final Champions League qualification spot.

Meanwhile, Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard has spearheaded them to 11 victories in the Premier League this season. That record is comparable to Torres’, as Liverpool have triumphed in 55 percent of their league matches when Stevie G is in the starting lineup.

The statistics tell a rather different tale when Messrs Gerrard and Torres are not in the first 11, however.

Rafa Benitez’s team have played 12 Premier League matches without Torres . Out of that 12, the team have only managed a meager five victories, a winning percentage of 42 percent .

Amongst those five Torres-less wins featured matches against less formidable opponents, such as relegation battling- Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, 19th and 16th in the EPL respectively.

Liverpool’s numbers do not make for good reading when their captain is away either, although his absence has been a less frequent phenomenon this season.

Mr. Gerrard has failed to start six Premiership matches in the 2009/2010 season so far. His men have performed poorly while he was away, winning only two games.

That rounds up to a winning rate-sans Gerrard of just 33 percent .

Those games include the Reds losing at Sunderland and drawing at Stoke.

The final most intricate detail is the most damning one of them all.

Liverpool FC have played four League matches without Torres and Gerrard . Out of the four, the team has only won once, against Tottenham Hotspur.  It totals up to a 25 percent win record when the dynamic duo does not play.

Conclusion? Liverpool are not totally a two man team, that is to say they can grab a win here and there without Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

However, there is no denying the fact that so long as the aforementioned pair misses matches, Liverpool’s ability to bag three points is diminished significantly. It also seems certain that trophies will continue to elude Anfield should their supporting cast appear without their main stars.

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