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Analysis: Could DeAndre Yedlin be Liverpool's right-back of the future?

Liverpool are one of several clubs trying to prise 20-year-old DeAndre Yedlin away from his current club side Seattle Sounders.

The youngster was relatively unknown prior to his World Cup involvement, but his performances in Brazil have seen him become a familiar name across Europe.

Having made three appearances throughout the United States' tournament heroics, the young full-back impressed greatly.

During his side's quarter-final defeat to Belgium, for example, he replaced injured right-back Fabian Johnson after just 32 minutes and, after the excellent Tim Howard in goal, was easily the game's most imposing performer.

He has shown fantastic ability in attack, whilst never failing to fulfil his defensive duties, and this has seen him attract a flurry of attention from a number of top European sides. Roma were linked recently but Seattle have refuted speculation, insisting no offers have been accepted.

The youngster, who reportedly earns just £60,000 a year, is also a target for Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, but would he be a useful addition to the Champions League side?

  TeamPosmins / Duel Wonmins / Won Tacklemins / Total Clearancemins / Outfielder Blockmins / Total Att Assistmins / Won Contestmins / Total Scoring AttAppsMins
Glen Johnson England DF 15.00 45.00 60.00 0 36.00 90.00 90.00 2 180
DeAndre Yedlin USA DF 9.33 37.33 28.00 0 37.33 22.40 112.00 3 112

A look at the statistics from this year's World Cup reveals a number of interesting points. Of Liverpool's current right-back options, only Glen Johnson featured in Brazil, but when compared to the 29-year-old, Yedlin takes the plaudits. 

He averaged a successful tackle far more regularly than the Three Lions full-back, whilst proving considerably more adept when dribbling past an opponent.

The duo's chance creation rate is remarkably similar, with both fashioning a goal scoring opportunity almost every 40 minutes.

Johnson only ever comes up trumps in terms of his shot rate. He averaged an attempt at goal more often than the USA youngster. 

  TeamPosWon Tackle / appsTotal Clearance / appsOutfielder Block / appsTotal Att Assist / appsWon Dribbles / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsAppsMins
Glen Johnson Liverpool DF 1.79 2.45 0.28 0.97 1.59 0.69 29 2,521
Jon Flanagan Liverpool DF 2.57 3.26 0.17 0.57 0.65 0.30 23 1,898
DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders DF 2.50 3.20 0.5 1.1 0.80 0.2 11 959

Yedlin is regarded highly for his attacking prowess, and in a creative sense, this is clear to see. So far this term, he has averaged a greater number of key passes than the Liverpool duo managed last season.

However, Glen Johnson is proven as the more adept when dribbling, whilst he also fashioned a greater number of scoring attempts per appearance.

Defensively, only Jon Flanagan won more tackles per match, or contributed with a great number of clearances than the Sounders-man. Whereas, Yedlin averaged more blocks.

He may have impressed during his cameo spells in Brazil, but the statistics do little to suggest that he would offer a significant upgrade on the club’s current full-back options.

The 20-year-old is a decent prospect, but at this stage it's unlikely he would feature in the Liverpool starting-eleven. Ahead of the club's return to the Champions League, Rodgers needs to be targeting players capable of being first team regulars. 

Besides, the Northern Irishman has Jon Flanagan at his disposal, should he desire the option of youth in his side. The young defender impressed last term, and his manager will be eager to see how his career plays out in the coming years. 

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