Stats: How does Marcos Rojo compare to Jose Enrique?

If Liverpool miss out on Alberto Moreno, they may move for Marcos Rojo. How do the stats compare him with Jose Enrique?

It isn't a secret that Liverpool have been in the market for a new left-back this summer as they look to strengthen the defensive area ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Their pursuit of Alberto Moreno is public knowledge, with the club still hopeful of thrashing out a deal with Sevilla for the 21-year-old according to reports but there are alternatives. 

One of the more realistic alternatives is Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon, who is currently participating at the World Cup for Argentina, but how does he compare with the only recognised senior left-back at the club in Jose Enrique?

Here is a look at a few statistics with Rojo at the World Cup, and Enrique during his time at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers. 

  TeamPosDuel Won / appsBlocked Cross / appsWon Tackle / appsTotal Cross / appsAppsMins
Marcos Rojo Argentina DF 6.00 0 2.00 5.50 2 180
  TeamPosDuel Won / appsBlocked Cross / appsWon Tackle / appsTotal Cross / appsAppsMins
José Enrique Liverpool DF 2.50 0.38 1.00 2.63 8 602

Enrique is a full-back that is renowned for his strength, but if you look at the duels won across the two World Cup matches, Rojo is way ahead compared to the Spaniard for his limited time on the field in the Premier League last season, and has double the amount of crosses than that of Enrique. However, there were a couple of occasions he played in a more advanced wing-back role, so was relieved of some of his defending. The only aspect defensively that Enrique is ahead of Rojo last season is on the amount of crosses blocked.

But even on the attacking side, when it comes to crosses Rojo more than doubles that of Enrique. Brendan Rodgers does like his full-backs to get forward and provide an attacking threat, something which Glen Johnson frequently does on the right flank for his side - so if the Reds were to go after Rojo, on the face of it, he would seem useful and fit into the side nicely.

  TeamPosDuel Won / appsBlocked Cross / appsWon Tackle / appsTotal Cross / appsAppsMins
José Enrique Liverpool DF 4.55 0.41 2.10 2.34 29 2,257

Last season was a bad one for Enrique as his last appearance came in November, as he struggled with a knee injury for the rest of the season, but is expected to be available from pre-season. The duels he won in the 2012/13 season are higher per match than in the following season, but still behind Rojo's average at the World Cup after two matches, and the amount of tackles he has won is slightly ahead of Rojo's. In terms of crosses per match it would appear Enrique still carries less of a threat compared to the Argentine.

Of course, one can point to the quality of opposition faced at the World Cup for Rojo - are they really Premier League standard. In both games Argentina got the win by the odd goal so they have been tested, and in the first match against Bosnia, there was certainly an element of attacking threat - whilst Iran proved very difficult to break down.

But if the statistics from Rojo so far remain similar during Argentina's campaign, and Liverpool decide to target him (which will probably depend on if the Moreno deal falls through), they will get a player who provides them with a lot of attacking threat and the competition for places at Anfield will certainly improve.

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