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It's a record worth shutting out as Reds concede 20 goals.

Byline: JAMES PEARCE Liverpool FC reporter

LIVERPOOL are enduring their second worst start to a season defensively in the Premier League era.

Only once in the past quarter of a century have the Reds conceded more than the 20 goals that Jurgen Klopp's side have let in so far this term.

Carl Clemente from @5timesco has examined the club's defensive records over the opening 12 matches in all competitions dating back to 1992/93.

The only time the Reds have leaked more at this stage of a campaign came in 1992/93 when under Graeme Souness they conceded 24.

Ironically, Souness also boasts the joint best record as in 1993/94 Liverpool only let in nine goals in their first dozen games. They had the same record under Roy Evans in 1996/97.

In terms of clean sheets, Klopp's Liverpool have only stopped the opposition from scoring in two of their 12 matches so far. Those shutouts came against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

The only seasons in the Premier League when the Reds had kept fewer clean sheets at this stage came in 2014/15 when Brendan Rodgers' side managed only one and in 1992/93 when Souness' men hadn't managed a single shutout.

Twelve of the 20 goals Klopp's side have conceded so far this season have come in the Premier League - only struggling West Ham and Crystal Palace have leaked more.

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Twenty's plenty... Liverpool concede their 20th goal so far this season at Newcastle on Sunday

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2017
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