Liverpool gained 16 more points and climbed four places in the Premier League to secure a Champions League qualification spot in J├╝rgen Klopp's first full season in charge.

With the battle for a top-four berth at its most fierce in recent memory, the Reds responded to the challenge by increasing their goals tally, conceding fewer and enjoying a greater amount of possession on average than in the previous campaign.

Though Klopp marked his side’s fourth-place finish with a warning that further improvements are required, on the whole the term was one of clear progress as Liverpool continue to develop under the German’s guidance.

And the statistics of their Premier League season provide confirmation of that view, too.

Take a look at how the Reds’ performances compared to those of 2015-16 – taking into account a number of areas, both defensively and offensively – with our collection of figures below…

Debuts
2016-17 – 10
2015-16 – 19

Goals scored
2016-17 – 78
2015-16 – 63

Goals per game
2016-17 – 2.05
2015-16 – 1.66

Total shots
2016-17 – 449
2015-16 – 423

Shots on target
2016-17 – 236
2015-16 – 202

Shot accuracy
2016-17 – 52.6 per cent
2015-16 – 47.8 per cent

Conversion rate
2016-17 – 17.4 per cent
2015-16 – 14.9 per cent

Goals from inside the box
2016-17 – 65
2015-16 – 48

Goals from outside the box
2016-17 – 13
2015-16 – 15

Goals from direct free-kicks
2016-17 – 3
2015-16 – 1

Assists
2016-17 – 55
2015-16 – 50

Penalties scored
2016-17 – 7 (of 8)
2015-16 – 2 (of 2)

Average possession
2016-17 – 62 per cent
2015-16 – 57 per cent

Successful passes
2016-17 – 18,366
2015-16 – 15,834

Unsuccessful passes
2016-17 – 3,917
2015-16 – 3,899

Pass accuracy
2016-17 – 82.4 per cent
2015-16 – 80.2 per cent

Long passes
2016-17 – 11.5 per cent
2015-16 – 12 per cent

Total crosses
2016-17 – 563
2015-16 – 558

Successful crosses
2016-17 – 105
2015-16 – 117

Offsides
2016-17 – 77
2015-16 – 91

Goals conceded
2016-17 – 42
2015-16 – 50

Clean sheets
2016-17 – 12
2015-16 – 11

Shots on target faced
2016-17 – 115
2015-16 – 133

Total tackles
2016-17 – 718
2015-16 – 871

Tackles won
2016-17 – 71.3 per cent
2015-16 – 77.7 per cent

Clearances
2016-17 – 883
2015-16 – 871

Blocks
2016-17 – 65
2015-16 – 109

Duels won
2016-17 – 48.1 per cent
2015-16 – 50.4 per cent

Aerial duels won
2016-17 – 45.2 per cent
2015-16 – 50.7 per cent

Fouls won
2016-17 – 378
2015-16 – 378

Fouls conceded
2016-17 – 397
2015-16 – 422

Yellow cards
2016-17 – 54
2015-16 – 61

Red cards
2016-17 – 0
2015-16 – 3

Penalties conceded
2016-17 – 5
2015-16 – 3

League finish
2016-17 – 4th
2015-16 – 8th

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