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Arne Slot has major Liverpool weapon ready to be unlocked and Jürgen Klopp frustration proves it

Mohamed Salah reacts with frustration during Liverpool 2-0 Wolves.
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Despite securing a Champions League spot for next season and winning the Carabao Cup, the final season of the Jürgen Klopp era could have been even better for Liverpool. The stats show how the club should have scored more than any other club according to expected goals (XG) and yet actually netted well under the predicted target.

The xG Philosophy, an account on X that calculates the expected goals from all of the top clubs' games around Europe, has calculated that despite Liverpool’s trophy-winning season, there could have been so much more if the side just been a bit more clinical. Ahead of the new era, it is something that really needs to change.

In the ranking for most xG created last season in the Premier League, Newcastle finished third with 85.27 xG and scored 85. Manchester City placed second with 87.05 xG and scored a whopping 96 goals. But now is where the frustration sets in: Liverpool had a whopping 95.7 xG but finished the season with only 86 goals.

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That difference of nine goals may not seem like an enormous amount but when it comes to a title race which Liverpool were in for the majority of the season, it means a lot. The club's attacking forces were unstable last season, misfiring and wasting chances left, right and center, which explains why Liverpool scored so many fewer than it should have done.

"You can see we are in a rush in front of the goal, you can see that," Jürgen Klopp admitted after his side lost 2-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. "It’s long ago but I blame a little bit the [Manchester] United game for it; that many chances and you play really good but you don’t get anything for it." Those missed chances proved costly.

In comparison, Manchester City beat its xG by nine goals. The club's attacking force, primarily the league’s top scorer Erling Haaland, beat all expectations with its relentless ability to score which is something Liverpool will be overwhelmingly envious of. When the title came down to the wire on the final day not a single fan doubted Pep Guardiola’s side would not hammer in the goals against West Ham, while that kind of confidence just can’t be placed on Liverpool last season.

Many have pointed to the likes of Darwin Núñez and Luis Díaz when complaining about the club’s scuffed chances. The pair have been targeted since the start of the season by fans and pundits alike for their lack of quality in front of goal. Díaz, to many fans, seems to be a player who can create everything but the end product while Núñez is infamously a Jekyll and Hyde type of player who one day can finish anything and the next can’t hit the target.

One positive to take away, however, is the fact that Liverpool’s xG is so high. Despite the missed chances, having the highest expected goals out of every club in the Premier League shows that the club is heading in the right direction. If the club did match its xG like Newcastle or go beyond it like City, then Klopp’s side would have surpassed 100 goals which surely would have led his side to the title.

Now with the introduction of Arne Slot on June 1, it is certain that stats like these will be the first thing on the Dutchman’s mind if he wants to challenge for the title next year. Liverpool’s attacking threat clearly has the potential to be unmatched, however intense shooting drills will be needed in pre-season if the club wants to compete for glory in all four competitions and bring home the title.