As Brendan Rodgers looks to tighten up a backline which leaked 50 league goals last season, Southampton’s Dejan Lovren has emerged as Liverpool’s top defensive target.
The player himself has been commenting on the reports of a move to Anfield. “I follow the media and I saw that Liverpool is allegedly interested in me, but that is all that I know so far," as quoted by The Liverpool Echo.
Here’s five reasons Dejan Lovren he would be an upgrade on the Reds’ current defensive options.
1) Lovren won more tackles (48) than any Liverpool defender last season. Over an average of 90 minutes, the Frenchman tops the charts with 1.55 successful tackles. Mamadou Sakho comes second with an average of 1.39 tackles per match.
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2) Skrtel tops the club’s options for the most headed duels won last campaign, with 129, but Lovren would occupy second on 101. Over 90 minutes the Southampton man is more comparable to the Liverpool defender, averaging 3.26 successful duels, versus Skrtel’s 3.58.
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3) The Reds’ Slovakian centre-back continues to dominate when considering the number of clearances completed throughout the season, with an incredible 410 (The highest total in Europe), yet Lovren would have fallen into second place, with 239.
4) The Croatian came top of the pile in terms of interceptions, showing his ability to read the game on 84 occasions. He also averaged a higher number of interceptions per match (2.71). Skrtel followed in second, with a total of 60, whilst averaging 1.67 per game.
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5) Lovren made fewer defensive errors than any Liverpool defender last season, making just one mistake at the back; this didn't result in a shot at goal. Martin Skrtel proved most prone to poor decision-making, causing his side problems on three separate occasions, he also scored four own goals.
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