Stats That Prove Brendan Rodgers Is Making Progress at Liverpool

Peter Brownell@pbnoregard11Contributor IMarch 5, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures to Jamie Carragher of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on February 11, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Since becoming boss for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has made very clear progress in two specific statistical categories when compared to last season's Premier League campaign.

With 10 games left, the jury is still out on how the Reds will finish in the English table.

Regardless of how they place, Liverpool supporters can feel pleased about clear progress in terms of goal scoring and passing accuracy.

Luis Suarez and company have already topped last season's goal total, scoring 50 so far this year.  They only managed to muster up 47 goals during the 2011-12 Premier League campaign.

Across the board, their shooting figures are more appealing.  They are converting chances at a higher rate (14 percent to nine percent), finishing clear-cut chances more often (39 percent to 29 percent) and scoring at a higher frequency (53 minutes per goal to 77 minutes).  

With a chunk of fixtures to go, their goal total is certain to increase even further from last year's futility.

It is no wonder that Liverpool are superior goalscorers in the Premier League this year.  Their passing has seen a significant uptick in accuracy. 

On almost every zone of the pitch, Liverpool players are connecting passes with improved precision.  Starting in the defensive zone, the Reds' passing-accuracy percentage is up to 93 from 90.  In the attacking zone, they are better, completing 74 percent up from 69 percent.

And in the final third, arguably the most important area on the pitch to be able to string together passes, Rodger's team is four percent better.  They now complete nearly three out of every four passes (74 percent) as opposed to last year's figure, 70 percent. 

The Reds have 10 Premier League games left to go in this year's campaign.  If they can continue their evolved finishing and passing, Rodgers might have an opportunity to place higher than last season's group (eighth place).  They currently sit in seventh, 10 points behind fourth-place Chelsea.

Next up are Tottenham and maybe the hottest footballer on the planet, Gareth Bale.  For the Reds, three points would be a massive step in the difficult pursuit of the Champions League.