Stats: Should Liverpool make a move for reported £6.5m target Keylor Navas?

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Liverpool have been linked with Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds are eyeing a potential move for the Levante shot stopper, with his contract containing a release clause of £6.5 million.

The Costa Rican has impressed for his country at the World Cup, keeping two clean sheets and making the crucial penalty save that enabled progression to the quarter-finals at Greece's expense.

How, though, does Navas' World Cup form compare with Simon Mignolet's performances for Liverpool in the Premier League?

  TeamSaves / appsDiving Save / appsAccurate Goal Kicks / appsAccurate Keeper Sweeper / appsGood High Claim / appsAppsMins
Keylor Navas Costa Rica 3.50 2.00 4.50 0.75 1.50 4 390
  TeamPosSaves / appsDiving Save / appsAccurate Goal Kicks / appsAccurate Keeper Sweeper / appsGood High Claim / appsAppsMins
Simon Mignolet Liverpool GK 2.82 1.87 5.00 0.26 0.84 38 3,420

As Opta stats show, Navas' displays in Brazil are, at the very least, comparable to that of Brendan Rodgers' first-choice Belgian stopper. For starters, the Costa Rican's average saves per game and diving saves are higher than Mignolet's.

Over four games against tough opposition, meanwhile, Navas has averaged far better in terms of claiming the ball in the air from crosses, as well as rushing off his line to deny attackers. The one area in which 26-year-old Mignolet trumps the Levante man is with his amount of accurate goal kicks per game.

The Liverpool goalkeeper's stats are, of course, over a much higher period of games, though, making a direct comparison on these grounds slightly unfair.

But when you consider the fact that only Thibaut Courtois kept more clean sheets than Navas in La Liga last season, you get the sense that the 27-year-old is more than capable of producing on a regular basis.

As a backup goalkeeper for a reasonable fee of £6.5m, then, Navas would surely make perfect sense as a signing for the Reds. The only drawbacks may be Navas' potential unwillingness to play second fiddle to another goalkeeper, as well as competition from other sides for the Costa Rican's signature.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the shot stopper, while Navas has been the subject of strong speculation suggesting he will move to Atletico Madrid, with Courtois looking like he will not be returning to the Spanish club on loan.

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