Stats: Steven Gerrard vs Fernandinho - who has been the better enforcer?

The Liverpool talisman has been playing in a deeper role this term – but how do his stats compare to City’s defensive midfield lynchpin?

Fernandinho’s arrival at Manchester City has allowed midfield dynamo Yaya Toure to get forward more with the knowledge that the Brazilian will be disciplined and cover him.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk man’s no-nonsense play has been a necessary evil to allow City’s attacking players the licence to get forward and do what they do best.

Today at Anfield the Brazilian enforcer will go head-to-head with Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who has been operating in a new, similar defensive midfield role this term.

With once box-to-box midfielder has been reassigned a holding role that allows him to orchestrate play and break up opposition attacks.

But, with both respected and clearly having good seasons, whose stats are better – Fernandinho or Gerrard?

  TeamPosOutfielder Block / appsWon Tackle / appsDuel Won / appsAerial Won / appsInterception Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsAppsMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 0.45 1.93 4.83 1.10 1.34 54.34 29 2,450
Fernandinho Man City MF 0.08 2.35 6.12 1.38 2.23 47.12 26 2,220

The table above takes into account defensive responsibilities and does not consider more attacking attributes such as assists, shots on goal etc – which both also have in their game.

However, looking at the table suggests that Fernandinho is a more disciplined and effective midfield enforcer in front of his side’s back four.

The City man outshines Gerrard in most areas. He makes more successful tackles per game, wins more duels both on the deck and in the air and makes more interceptions while the opposition have the ball.

Areas of Gerrard’s game that need to be highlighted are his blocked shots – the Liverpool talisman makes 0.45 per match compared to Fernandinho’s 0.08.

Predictably Gerrard’s passing is almost more accurate than his City counterpart.

Today’s battle between these two top-drawer central midfielders should be explosive and make for enthralling viewing.

The stats suggest that Gerrard is an effective enforcer that has taken to his new role well – but that Fernandinho is one of the Premier League’s best in that position.

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