Chile’s win over Spain last night presented Liverpool fans with a chance to take a closer look at two wide men linked with making Anfield moves over the summer.
Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Spain’s Pedro, would both be top quality signings for Brendan Rodgers as he prepares the club for an assault on the Champions League, but who came out on top last night?
We’ve taken a look at five key statistical areas where these players would be expected to make a difference for the Reds, comparing them against each other.
|Country||Pos||Ontarget Scoring Att||Accurate Cross||Dribbles Won||Accurate Pass||Dispossessed||Apps||Mins|
In terms of attempts on goal, it was the Chilean who came out on top with the only effort on target between the pair. That suggests based on the game last night, that he’d provide the greater direct goal threat if Liverpool pressed to try and do a deal for him this summer.
Surprisingly neither player added any value in terms of accurate crosses, which is significant as they’d both be bought as wide men for the club. It can be explained through the fact that Alexis was played further forward in more of a striker’s role while Pedro had to frequently move inside centrally, to get on the ball.
In terms of their skill in terms of dribbling contests, they each won two, which suggests they’re equally as effective when racing forward at great speed with the ball at their feet.
Pedro was slightly better in terms of the number of accurate passes he played. That shouldn’t be a major surprise considering how much Spain like to dominate possession but suggests that he lacked a cutting edge that Liverpool boss Rodgers would be looking for.
In terms of dispossessions, Pedro was far more difficult for the opposition to get the ball away from. Alexis lost possession four times because he had to take a greater number of risks on attack. Liverpool played great counter attacking football last season, but they, just like any other team, rely on players protecting the ball.
There isn’t too much to choose between them. Pedro is ahead in two areas, Alexis in one and they can’t be separated in the other two.