With Liverpool reportedly considering Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, we assess the qualities that would see him make a huge impact at Anfield.
According to recent reports, Liverpool are hoping to beat Manchester United to Juventus star Arturo Vidal.
The midfielder has allegedly become a priority target for the Red Devils in recent months, but Brendan Rodgers’ side are said to be interested, with a bid worth £42.5million reportedly in the offing.
Of course, Liverpool hold the huge advantage of being able to provide the Chile international with Champions League football. This could prove the factor that weighs heavily in Rodgers’ favour, considering United’s failure to secure any form of European football for at least one season.
Vidal is a world-class player and naturally he would be an incredible coup for the Reds. Below are the statistics that make him a ‘must-buy’ for the club.
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Goal scoring prowess; Gerrard aside, Vidal scored on more occasions than any other Liverpool central-midfielder last term, netting 11 times in 32 Serie A fixtures. However, considering ten of the Liverpool captain’s strikes came from the penalty spot, Vidal holds a clear advantage when it comes to scoring from open play. The Chilean international notched a further five goals in just six Champions League appearances, converting 27% of his chances.
Tough tackling; Vidal is strong in the tackle and never fails to fulfil his defensive responsibilities in the centre of the park. Last term, the Chilean won 96 challenges, averaging a successful three tackles per match – a superior statistic to each and every current Liverpool midfielder. Lucas Leiva proved his closest competitor, contributing 2.37 tackles in each appearance.
Recycling; Not only does he recover possession in midfield, Vidal also possesses the ability to carry the ball into the final third, recycling play with ease. The ultimate box-to-box midfielder, he completed 56% of his attempted dribbles last season, while averaging an 84% passing accuracy. In the final third he fashioned 47 key passes, assisting five goals for the Italian champions.
Aerial presence; The Chilean is capable in the air, as he has proven throughout the past season, winning 53% of his headed duels. His arrival would see a reinforced presence in central midfield, something only Lucas has previously been able to offer. The Brazilian won 60% of his headers last term.