Stats: How £18m superstar Ezequiel Lavezzi compares to Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool are after PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi but how does he compare to a player formerly on their radar Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich?

According to The Independent, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is moving on from Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri in order to pursue Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, with an £18 million bid reportedly in the offing.

Whether PSG will resist Liverpool's overtures remains to be seen, especially as they will be forced to sell if they want to buy Real Madrid attacker Angel di Maria in order to satisfy demands placed across European clubs by FIFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Liverpool are still after striking reinforcements and view Lavezzi as a good option after becoming frustrated by Loic Remy's inability to pass a medical examination.

One potential obstacle in Liverpool's ability to land Lavezzi is the player's personal preference to join Juventus, if the Old Lady of Serie A enter the bidding process.

However, statistically speaking, how does Lavezzi compare to the club's former target Xherdan Shaqiri?

Last season in league football, Lavezzi (Ligue 1) returned an attacking efficiency (goals + assists / minutes) of a goal scored or assist produced every 155 minutes, compared to the far more prolific Swiss (Bundesliga) who, despite irregular playing opportunities at the Allianz Arena, scored or assisted once every 95 minutes.

In terms of creativity, Lavezzi produced a goal-scoring opportunity every 56 minutes while Shaqiri was responsible for a key pass every 31 minutes he was on the field.

Are Liverpool targeting the inferior option?

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