Stats: Could Radamel Falcao fill Luis Suarez’s shoes at Liverpool?

Is AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao a suitable replacement for Luis Suarez at Liverpool?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has spent upwards of £90 million this summer on a total of seven players, but none can provide the attacking capabilities necessary to succeed Luis Suarez.

After his third biting incident during the World Cup in Brazil, the Merseyside outfit were forced to sell their prized asset. The club has now been left with a huge void to fill, and quite frankly, Rodgers is struggling to find a suitable replacement for the Uruguayan.

AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao is one of the options the club are currently flirting with, and understandably, Reds fans cannot help but get excited about a player who could add real attacking quality to the current squad. 

The Colombian striker, who last year joined French club Monaco for £50m from Atletico Madrid, is reported to be dissatisfied in France and keen to bid farewell to Ligue 1.

While Falcao is believed to favour a move to European champions Real Madrid, his hopes of joining the Spanish giants are in the balance due to the wealth of attacking options already in place at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

According to recent reports, Liverpool could be prepared to settle a year-long loan deal with Monaco, bringing the 28-year-old to the Premier League for the 2014/15 season. Clearly this is no permanent solution, but it should see the top-flight runners-up excite for another season at the very least.  

Below we look at the figures from last season to decide if the 28-year-old has what it takes to mend the wound that remains following Suarez's departure.

  TeamPosAppsMinsGoalsGoal Assist
Falcao Monaco FW 17 1389 9 0

Falcao was unfortunate to miss the second half of last season through injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil - a huge blow for both club and country. He made just 17 appearances during Monaco's return to the French top flight, yet he still managed to notch up a respectable nine goals. 

This season he already has one strike to his name, having appeared as a substitute in Monaco's Ligue 1 opening fixture against Lorient. He converted his only opportunity of the match, while recording a 100% pass completion rate.  

Based on his lack of involvement last term, we shall instead examine the figures from his time in Spain. 

  TeamPosGoalsGoals / appsShot Acc (%)Conver Rate (%)AppsMins
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 31 0.94 53 20.40 33 2,964
Falcao Atletico Madrid FW 28 0.82 54 28.30 34 2901

In terms of goals scored, Falcao is one of few players who can live up to the ability of Suarez. If we compare the statistics from his final season in Spain while playing for Atletico Madri  with the Uruguayan's performances of last season, we observe very similar figures. 

Suarez holds a slight superiority in terms of goals scored per appearance, but, despite this, Falcao emerges as the more clinical of the duo. Having hit the target with 54% of his attempts, converting just under 30% of these chances, the Colombian international has more success than the former Ajax star. 

  AssistsTotal Chances CreatedChances Created /AppPass Acc (%)
Luis Suarez 12 87 2.64 75
Falcao 1 32 0.91 80

It is the creative side of each players' game where the comparison comes to an end. Suarez holds a clear monopoly in this department, as the stats show.

Last term he orchestrated a phenomenal 87 chances for the Reds, assisting 12 goals in total. During the 2012/13 season, Falcao fashioned just 32 opportunities for his Atletico team-mates, setting-up one goal. 

This lack of innovation could cause issues in Rodgers's system, particularity if he intends Daniel Sturridge to be utilized as his main centre-forward throughout the season.

The England international could suffer when pitched alongside the less creative Falcao. Having said this, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic are more than capable of stepping up to the Uruguayan's mantle. 

  Dribble Succ (%)Aerial Succ  (%)Duel Succ (%)Fouls Won /App
Luis Suarez 35.23 26.39 40.45 1.64
Falcao 38.82 45.78 47.70 1.88

The Monaco forward recovers an advantage when it comes to his physical ability. While playing for the Spanish capital outfit, he won just under half of his aerial duels and 38% of his attempted dribbles. Suarez proved considerably less successful when facing his opponents in the Premier League. 

Ultimately, Falcao would be an outstanding signing for Liverpool. He is a proven goal-scorer with the natural physical ability to adapt immediately to the Premier League. However, the Colombian hit-man is targeting a hefty £200,000-per-week salary to sign on the dotted line, and whether Liverpool are willing to push the boat out to that degree remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, he is one of a handful of players who can replace the attacking threat lost with the departure of Suarez. If Rodgers is looking to seal a marquee signing this summer, then Monaco's Falcao is his man.

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