Both 26-year-old Southampton star Adam Lallana and Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling have been included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer, whilst at home reports suggest the Three Lions duo could be teammates at Anfield next season.
19-year-old Sterling has been in fine form this term, making superb progress under manager Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside. Sterling scored nine goals and provided five assists across 33 appearances in the Premier League this term for Liverpool whilst Lallana scored nine goals and made six assists across 38 appearances in the Premier League for Southampton.
The pair scored the same number of goals, however, in terms of their shot, Lallana had 1.8 shots per game on average last term compared to Sterling’s 1.4 per game. However, Lallana hit the target with 58% of his shots compared to Sterling’s far superior and immensely impressive 67% of shots finding the target.
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The Saints’ star achieved the higher pass completion rate of 84.6% to Sterling’s 81.7% and Lallana averaged more passes, 38.9 per game on average to Sterling’s 28.3 per game as well as making more key passes, 1.9 per game to the Reds youngster’s 1.6 per game on average.
While Lallana was the more effective with his passing, Sterling was the more comfortable in possession, making an impressive 2.8 successful dribbles per game to Lallana’s 1.8 per game on average. Sterling was also dispossessed less often than his England colleague, twice per game on average to Lallana’s 2.4 times per game.
Overall, for two players functioning in much the same position in their teams, Sterling, who is six years Lallana’s junior, certainly gives his England colleague a good run for his money. The youngster is the more confident and dynamic in possession, while Lallana is the more creative and reliable in possession. But there is not much in it even at present and I suspect Sterling will likely surpass Lallana’s current level of performance over the next six years.
The most astounding stat of all is how efficient in front of goal the Liverpool youngster is; his finishing accuracy this term was higher than Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as well as the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale at Real Madrid. The youngster certainly has a bright future ahead of him for both club and country.