Liverpool's £8.5m missed opportunity? Striker compares well to Reds front-men

Loic Remy

A deal to take Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers to Liverpool fell through earlier this summer, but how did the Frenchman do at the weekend?

Earlier this summer, it looked like Liverpool were about to replace departed striker Luis Suarez with Queens Park Rangers player Loic Remy

For what seemed a bargain £8.5million, Brendan Rodgers looked like getting a player who has 95 club goals in 251 appearances.  But ultimately the move fell through reportedly due to medical grounds.

Just a few short weeks later, Remy looked fit as a fiddle as he turned out for QPR in their opening Premier League game of the season against Hull City.  So how did the 27-year-old compare with Liverpool's front-men Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert?

Sturridge came out on top in terms of overall influence, netting Liverpool's winner against a resolute Southampton side.  But while the England international scored from his only shot on target, Rodgers will know that on another day the Reds could have fallen short.

  GoalsTotal PassKey PassTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptShooting AccuracyPass AccuracyMins
Daniel Sturridge 1 20 0 3 1 33.33 85.00 90
Rickie Lambert 0 8 0 0 0 0.00 100.00 14
Loïc Remy 0 20 1 5 3 60.00 80.00 90

Sturridge's shooting accuracy was a disappointing 33.33%, compared with Remy's 60%.  But Liverpool fans could rightly argue that all that matters is how many goals a player scores, not how many times he tries to.

And yet Rickie Lambert's late introduction did little to suggest he will be the answer on the days Sturridge fails to fire.

With no goal-scoring attempts of any kind in his 14 minutes on the pitch, he did not fare well when compared with Remy.

This ship may well have passed, but only time will tell if the decision to pull out of the move is wise or regrettable. And yet if Remy keeps playing like he started the season, there is no doubt he would have been a worthy addition to the Reds' squad.

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