Luck has been on Liverpool’s side as they chase the Premier League title with the Reds having been awarded 10 penalties in their last 13 games. Captain Steven Gerrard converted two penalties to clinch Liverpool’s ninth consecutive win with a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Sunday, accounting for the Merseyside club’s ninth and 10th spot kicks in their last 13 games. The Reds have seen eight of those penalties scored by Gerrard, who had the chance to become the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick of penalties in the 3-0 win at Manchester United last month, only to miss the third spot kick. In total, Liverpool have been awarded 12 penalties throughout the season in the Premier League, five more than Manchester City and Chelsea (seven). In contrast, relegation-threatened Cardiff City have been awarded no penalties during the season while Liverpool’s opponents on Sunday, West Ham, have been awarded a solitary spot kick during the 2013/14 campaign.