The English Goals League

Date published: Monday 15th June 2015 4:10

A staggering 69 per cent of the Reds’ goals came from English players, with almost one-third of those coming from Raheem Sterling or Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool will be missing talisman Gerrard next season after his move to LA Galaxy, while Sterling is subject to transfer speculation following his refusal to negotiate a contract extension at Anfield.

Despite Liverpool’s impressive English goal ratio, not one player appeared in the Premier League’s top five goal-scorers this season.

A revived Crystal Palace finished 10th last season – but in our table, powered by goals from Glenn Murray (7) and Jason Puncheon (6), they would have shot up to second.

Tottenham finish third in our alternative table – courtesy of 21-goal Harry Kane. 

Big movers

Premier League winners Chelsea would have avoided relegation by just one point, with John Terry (five goals) and defence partner Gary Cahill (one goal) being the only English players to score for the Blues.

Relegated QPR are the biggest risers, finishing 8th in the hypothetical league – 12 places above their final 2014/15 position.

Fellow relegation victims Hull City scored the fewest league goals from English players this season, with only Jake Livermore and Michael Dawson registering one apiece. 

The Tigers would have finished bottom of the Premier League, conceding 19 goals from English players and only winning one game throughout the campaign.

Sunderland, who narrowly avoided relegation this season, would have qualified for Europe if only goals from English players counted – but rivals Newcastle, who stayed up on the last day – would have been relegated, just nine of their 40 goals scored by English players.

English strikers

Spurs star Harry Kane, who is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester United, was the Premier League’s top English goal-scorer with 21 goals, netting over a third of Spurs’ goals during the campaign.  

QPR forward Charlie Austin finished the second-highest English goalscorer with 18 goals, followed by West Brom striker Saido Berahino (14 goals).

Of the 2014/15 Premier League top four, only Manchester United would have qualified for the Champions League – thanks largely to Wayne Rooney’s 12 goals.

Liverpool-bound striker Danny Ings finished fifth with 11 league goals for Burnley – accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the Clarets’ goals this season.

In total, English players scored 326 goals during this season’s campaign, nearly 40 per cent of all goals scored (831).

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