Stats: How does Dejan Lovren's Liverpool start compare to his early Southampton days?

Dejan Lovren

Lovren only had the one season at Southampton, and after three games at Liverpool, we compare to some key statistics from his opening three in a Saints shirt.

Three games into his Liverpool career and there is a lot expected of Dejan Lovren this season. Brendan Rodgers paid £20 million for his services, and wants him to be the man who leads the defensive line, to be commanding and in turn help tighten up a defence that leaked 50 league goals last season. 

Lovren experienced his first taste of Premier League action at Southampton last season and was impressive in the early stages of the season as they boasted a mean defensive record - but how do his performances in the first three games of this season, compare to his last, when he was settling into life in a different league.

Southampton 2013/14:

  TeamPos(Won Tackle / Total Tackle) * 100(Aerial Won / (Aerial Lost+Aerial Won)) * 100Poss Lost AllEffective ClearanceAppsMins
Dejan Lovren Southampton DF 100.00 77.27 28 21 3 270

Liverpool 2014/15:

  TeamPos(Won Tackle / Total Tackle) * 100(Aerial Won / (Aerial Lost+Aerial Won)) * 100Poss Lost AllEffective ClearanceAppsMins
Dejan Lovren Liverpool DF 87.50 50.00 19 30 3 270

The statistic of 100% tackles won in three games is a staggering one during the infancy of his Southampton career - whilst the amount of of aerial duels is also impressive. As a result it makes it look as though he has had a poor start to life at Liverpool by comparison - although if he wins 87.5% of tackles over the course of a season then he will have done very well. He is contesting a lot in the air but his statistics at Southampton seems to portray he was having a stronger start on the South coast.

However, one thing Liverpool have been criticised for over the past 12 months or so is the inability to clear their lines adequately. At the moment he is averaging 10 effective clearances per game compared to seven at Southampton, whilst he has lost possession on fewer occasions in a Liverpool shirt.

Some will say the sides that Lovren faced up against will have had a major factor in those statistics, and they may have a point. For Southampton he faced West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Norwich City - all three sides flirted with relegation, whilst Norwich actually succumbed to the bottom three.

His start with Liverpool could be regarded as much more difficult. A home match against Southampton - a side that finished 8th, Manchester City the current champions - and Tottenham Hotspur who can always provide a difficult encounter.

He may well be a more composed player than at the start of last season, but he may have been stronger in the Southampton side. The best of both worlds is what Liverpool fans will be hoping between now and the rest of the season.

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