Gary Neville discusses Liverpool's change in style on MNF after digging up new statistic


Here's a question no one thought would be asked 16 games into the 2018/19 Premier League season: can anyone stop Liverpool?

Unbeaten and top of the table, Jurgen Klopp's men have been outstanding and are just two games away from going the first half of the campaign without losing.

And you really wouldn't put it past them to achieve that feat right now.

Only Manchester United are left from Liverpool's top six rivals to try and beat them before the midway point, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all drawing or losing.

But given the game is at Anfield and United are way down in sixth in the table on 26 points, Liverpool losing is highly unlikely.

It must be hard for United fans to admit that Liverpool are currently better than them, yet Gary Neville has been more than complementary about the Reds this season.

Speaking alongside Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football, Neville sung Liverpool's praises and highlighted a statistic he recently discovered that encapsulates their rise.

"I used to watch Liverpool two years ago and think how are they going to win the league playing like this? How can they play three games a week and win it?" said Neville. "It was madness.

Liverpool FC v Everton FC - Premier League

"If you got through the first hour against them you were alright. What was the percentage of goals scored by Liverpool in the first hour in the last couple of seasons? It was 73%.

"Now it's 53%. What does that mean? They're willing to be more patient, they've got more order, they can control and manage the outcome of games better.

"They don't feel as if they have to win it in a panic, in a mad sort of assault on the other team like it was a year and a half ago.

"Now they're playing like a championship winning team. This is a rounded, very good side."

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League

Praise doesn't get much higher than that and clearly Neville is very impressed with the way Liverpool have developed into a side that controls and dictates games.

The Reds are renowned for playing with speed and intensity, but this season they've altered their approach somewhat in the knowledge that a goal will come eventually.

And besides, when you're only conceding six goals in 16 Premier League games you can afford to bide your time.

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