Brighton star’s transfer buzz proved right as Liverpool is still leading the race against Manchester United

Brighton star’s transfer buzz proved right as Liverpool is still leading the race against Manchester United

Liverpool finished fifth in the Premier League, its lowest placing since Jürgen Klopp’s first season as manager in 2015/16.

The Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2016 after finishing outside the top four for the entire season.

Manchester United claimed third place with 75 points, while Newcastle United made tremendous strides under Eddie Howe to climb from eleventh to fourth.

However, the data suggests that Manchester United was somewhat fortuitous to defeat Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

By comparing a team’s expected goals for and against, the so-called ‘justice table’ can be constructed.

This is considered a more accurate representation of a team’s excellence because it is based on the quality of chances created and conceded.

Occasionally, you can escape punishment due to your opponent’s subpar finishing or an unsustainable level of clinicality.

According to xG Philosophy on Twitter, Liverpool remains fifth by this metric, but it surpasses Erik ten Hag and Manchester United.

Brighton, aided by the impending Reds signing of Alexis Mac Allister, climbs the most, from sixth to fourth place.

Man City has a much larger lead over Arsenal, which narrowly edges out Newcastle and Brighton.

According to Liverpool.com, it may come as a surprise to new player Mac Allister that his former club outperformed his new team last season, at least based on this metric. He probably anticipated a larger increase.

This demonstrates both Graham Potter and Roberto De Zerbi’s coaching prowess, as well as the work Mac Allister and Liverpool must do to return to the top of the table.

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On the United front, Liverpool has already exposed the faults of Ten Hag’s squad with a 7-0 thrashing at Anfield, but the Reds were simply not consistent enough throughout the entire season to keep up.

The concern now is that the Red Devils will spend heavily in the summer transfer window to patch up some of their flaws, making them difficult to catch for the upcoming season. However, Liverpool has beaten them to Mac Allister (via The Times), and the justice table indicates he made the correct decision.

Brighton star’s transfer buzz proved right as Liverpool is still leading the race against Manchester United