‘One of the greatest replies I’ve ever seen’

Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Newcastle at Anfield on New Year’s Day was memorable for lots of reasons, one of which was the home side’s record breaking ‘expected goals’ count.

A relatively new invention, Liverpool had an ‘xG’ total of 7.27, which means – Google, Google – based on the quality of the chances they created, they could reasonably have been expected to score seven times. Still, four proved more than enough.

But why have we taken you down this statistical rabbit hole, you might very well be asking.

Because it prompted this fabulous exchange on Twitter which goes straight into the hall of fame for this sort of thing, as highlighted by @_emilyoram.

Here’s how it started.

And this response was simply championship.


Last word to the person responsible, @DanReilly92.

Source @DanReilly92 @_emilyoram