Can Liverpool set a new record for goals scored in a season?
Liverpool require 11 more goals from their remaining four Premier League fixtures if they are to beat Chelsea’s record goal tally of 103 set in their title-winning 2009-10 season.
Brendan Rodgers has imposed an eye-catching attacking philosophy among the Reds’ squad that has seen them score 93 goals from their 34 games so far. The thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester City on the weekend saw them move two points clear at the top thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s record-breaking effort that saw the Reds surpass their record haul in the top flight.
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Despite enjoying a period of complete domination at the top of English football, the most Liverpool ever scored in the top tier was 92 goals, set back in the season of 1962-63. But Coutinho’s fine strike saw them surpass that tally and set a new benchmark, and Chelsea’s Premier League record is well and truly in sight.
Liverpool’s highest ever haul was set in Division 2 back in 1895-96 when they scored 106 goals in just 30 league matches, although their highest in the Premier League era was a subsequently measly 77, given their prowess in front of goal this season.
They could also be on the verge of surpassing Manchester United’s Premier League record for the number of goals scored on their travels, with the total of 47 goals scored in United’s 2001-02 campaign just five more than Liverpool’s tally this season. With visits to Norwich and Crystal Palace still to come, that record is likely to fall before the end of the season.
With a current goal ratio of 2.73 goals per season, stats show that Liverpool will fall just short, as if they maintain their current rate of scoring they will match Chelsea’s record on the final day of the season – when a possible Premier League title will be much more important than any Premier League record.
Given that a goal tally like the Merseyside outfit’s would usually see a club waltz to the title, it’s worth pointing out their defensive concerns, having conceded more goals this term than the rest of the top five as well as Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Hull.
United currently have the Premier League record for conceding the most goals in a title winning season when they let in 45 goals during the 1999-2000 season, meaning Liverpool can allow just three more to beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet if they do not want to take a rather unwanted milestone.