Liverpool won their first away game of the 2019/20 Premier League season by beating Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
Prior to this game, the expected goal data from 2018/19 pointed towards a 2-0 win for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp's team won by two goals in the end, but it was far from a straightforward, routine victory.
"All I want is to breathe."
Whatever your opinion of football statistics, there's no doubt you will be aware of Opta. They are the official data provider for the Premier League, and their OptaJoe Twitter account has over a million followers.
Sound the church bells! Liverpool had a lot of possession away from home, and won! This has been all too rare an occurrence in recent times. Prior to this match, the Reds had played 46 away matches in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp. Those games split almost evenly between Liverpool having less or more than 59 percent of the possession.
The 22nd of November is a fascinating date in Beatles history. In 1963, the group released their second album, With The Beatles. Five years later, The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) was unleashed upon the world. They were pretty big days for the USA too; JFK was assassinated on the first, and Kirk kissed Uhuru on the second. Look at that, America, an interracial kiss on your tellybox.