Liverpool's derby win affected by red card

October, 1, 2011

The Merseyside derby took center stage Saturday in the English Premier League as Liverpool won 2-0 behind goals from Andy Carroll and Luis Suárez. The match also featured a red card for Everton's Jack Rodwell, the 20th red card between the clubs in their 39 EPL meetings, which is more than in any other EPL fixture.

Here are some other statistical nuggets from Saturday's match:

•  After Rodwell's dismissal in the 23rd minute, Liverpool wore down its rival. In the 48 minutes between the red card and Suarez's goal in the 82nd minute, Everton had five stretches where it failed to complete a pass in the attacking third for at least five minutes.

• Carroll scored his first EPL goal of the season in the 71st minute. It was just his third goal in league play since his blockbuster transfer to Liverpool from Newcastle last winter. Carroll had scored both of his previous EPL goals for the Reds in a 3-0 win over Manchester City on April 11.

• Defender Leighton Baines was the only Everton player to make any real forward progress against Liverpool. Baines completed 21 passes into the attacking third. No other Everton player had more than nine.

• Dirk Kuyt missed a penalty kick for Liverpool in the 44th minute. Liverpool has missed both of its penalty kicks this season. Suárez missed the other penalty in Liverpool's opening weekend draw against Sunderland.

• Referee Martin Atkinson handed out his fourth red card in seven EPL matches this season, which leads all referees. Atkinson also led the EPL in red cards last season with 11.

Albert Larcada is an Analytics Specialist in ESPN's Stats & Information group. Among other analytics projects, he maintains, advances and writes about ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) algorithm.



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