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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp on ESPN Luck Index: We'll deserve our luck more

Jurgen Klopp says he was surprised to see just how much better off Liverpool would have been if luck wasn't a factor.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop share personal accounts where luck had a significant impact in their footballing careers.
The ESPN Luck Index examined how the 2017-18 Premier League would have looked if luck was not a factor. We'll back soon with the results.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will have to work hard this season to deserve any breaks after being "surprised" by the result of ESPN's Luck Index investigation that found Liverpool to be the unluckiest Premier League side last term.

ESPN's Luck Index, in co-ordination with Intel and the University of Bath, showed the Reds should have claimed 12 extra points last term -- enough to finish second.

Manchester United were the luckiest team in the league in 2017-18, and should have finished fourth instead of runners-up to Manchester City.


The ESPN Luck Index

The Luck Index: The findings and methodology
- Man United luckiest, Liverpool unluckiest
- Index proves luck doesn't even out over time
- 10 matches affected by luck last season


And Klopp said: "What I learned is that you have deserved luck and we will work on that. That we will deserve it even more than last year.

"I was surprised about the numbers, of course. I'm not sure I would have thought that. But it felt in a lot of moments last season a bit like that, to be honest.

"Nobody gives you anything back in that life for that. I didn't understand how they did it, to be honest, but it looked quite complicated. To explain luck is obviously complicated."

The ESPN Luck Index is a comprehensive research project commissioned by ESPN in partnership with Intel, carried out by the University of Bath, to examine how the Premier League would look if luck were not a factor. Find out here how the study was created. 

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