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It’s a stat which graphically illustrates the problem Liverpool have when it comes to seeing out matches.

Since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager in October 2015, the Reds have a goal difference of just +3 in terms of goals scored and goals conceded in the last 20 minutes of Premier League games. In 81 games, Liverpool have netted 33 and let in 30 from the 70th minute onwards.

Put into context, that’s the worst record out of any club in the top six – at both ends of the field.

Manchester City lead the way over that period in terms of finishing matches strongly with a total of 50 goals for and 16 against between 70 and 90 minutes (+34).

Arsenal (48-18, +30), Chelsea (43-17, +26), Tottenham (44-23, +21) and Manchester United (35-18, +17) also have a better record than Klopp’s side.

The difference is remarkable given that Liverpool have actually been more prolific than any other top-flight club in terms of goals scored in the first 70 minutes of Premier League matches under Klopp.

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Their tally of 128 puts them ahead of Man City (124), Spurs (121), Chelsea (113), Arsenal (104) and United (84). Their goal difference of +58 is superior to all bar Spurs (+80) and Man City (+59).

However, what’s clear is that Liverpool haven’t been able to sustain the pace they have set in games. Whether it’s mental, physical or tactical, they have made a habit of throwing away positions of control.

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