Liverpool have announced their fifth signing of the summer in the form of Brazilian star Roberto Firmino. Although, his arrival is not dependant on Raheem Sterling’s exit, Statistics show that he can ideally replace the much loathed Sterling at Anfield if the later leaves for Manchester City who has a huge interest in him to fill their English players’ quota.
Manchester City has made 2 bids for Sterling believed to be worth £30 million and £40 million respectively which Liverpool has rejected. Improved bid is imminent from City and it will be tough for him Liverpool to reject £50 million or more. With Firmino’s signing Liverpool will feel less pain, as the stats suggest that he is more than able to replace Sterling.
Let’s have a look at the comparison between the two from last season: (stats and image via: Whoscored)
1) Appearances – Firmino made 33 appearances for Hoffenheim last season while Sterling appeared in 35 games for Liverpool.
2) Goals – Both scored 7 goals throughout the season.
3) Assists – Sterling made 7 assists while the Brazilian made 10 assists
4) Minutes per shot – Sterling took one shot on goal every 36.3 minutes where as Firmino took shot on goal at every 30.7 minutes which makes Firmino more constant threat on opponent’s goal.
5) Minutes per key pass – Minutes per key pass for the two is 40,7 and 42.9 for respectively Sterling and Firmino.
6) Minutes per dribble – Sterling dribbled past his opponent every 29.6 minutes on average. Firmino beat his opponents every 21 minutes which makes him a better dribbler. Firmino has less minutes per dribble ratio than anyone in Europe apart from Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi.
7) Minutes per tackle – Sterling made a tackle on every 82.5 minutes which is very poor. Firmino’s minutes per tackle is 33.2 only which shows he is much better defensively than Sterling.
Sterling is triumphant in only one area – minutes per key pass, which is marginally better. According to stats, Liverpool can cope up without Sterling with the arrival of Firmino.