Liverpool and Chelsea do battle at Anfield later today in a fixture that is sure to have a major impact on the destination of the Premier League title.
Although the battle between Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard takes centre stage whenever these two sides meet, the two missing men have been key for their respective sides this season.
With that in mind, who will be missed more?
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The table above shows the attacking stats of the respective players this season - with one clear winner.
Henderson has outperformed the Brazil international across the board, starting with four goals and seven assists compared to Ramires’ solitary strike and two assists this term.
The Liverpool man sets up a shot for a team-mate 1.76 times per game compared to the Chelsea star’s 1.10 and has on average eleven more accurate passes per game.
Henderson also outperforms the former Benfica man in the number of successful throughballs he plays and the number of completed passes in the opposition’s third.
Both have been forced to play out on the wing at times, but predominantly they are utilised as central midfielders.
Although usually partnered with a more defensive team-mate in the boiler room both are extremely competitive. But, how do Henderson and Ramires’ defensive stats compare?
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The table above shows a role reversal, with Ramires outperforming Henderson in all-but-one defensive attribute.
Although Henderson makes more interceptions per game on average than Ramires, the Liverpool man also has made more mistakes leading to opposition goals and shots.
The Chelsea man wins 2.20 tackles per game compared to the Liverpool star’s 1.68, while Ramires is also dominant in winning duels over the ball against an opponent.
Finally, Ramires also wins more aerial duels per game than the English star.
With this in mind it looks like Ramires will be more of a miss than Henderson. Although the Liverpool midfielder has had a fantastic season and is an excellent attacking weapon, the Reds have plenty of other offensive stars.
Chelsea on the other hand need as many defensive players as possible to blunt a razor-sharp Liverpool attack, and as such Ramires’ combativeness in the centre of the park will be missed.