HEAD-TO-HEAD: Hart v Mignolet - Is Manchester City man really an upgrade?

Liverpool are said to hold an interest in Joe Hart - but a statistical comparison with current stopper Simon Mignolet may surprise you...

Hart V Mignolet

The Liverpool transfer rumour mill is still very active indeed considering Deadline Day has been and gone.

The Reds are being continually linked with a move for free agent Victor Valdes, as Brendan Rodgers reportedly searches for an upgrade on current goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

And, even more intriguingly, Rodgers has now been linked with a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. The 27-year-old is said to have not been offered a new deal yet and Liverpool could be set to pounce.

But would the England and City stopper really be an upgrade on Mignolet?

The answer, at face value, would be a resounding yes. The stats, however, tell a different story...

As the above head-to-head graphic shows, it is certainly a closer contest than one may imagine based on this season's form. In both their Premier League and Champions League appearances so far, Hart and the Belgian have kept the same amount of clean sheets and both made one costly error in front of goal.

Hart has made more saves but struggles with a 44 per cent goal kick accuracy. Mignolet has conceded more goals but the 26-year-old doesn't have the rock-solid Vincent Kompany and co in front of him, with Liverpool's defence notorious for their recent struggles.

We delve further...

  PositionTeamDiving SavesCrosses CaughtCrosses Not ClaimedTotal Sweeper-KeeperAccurate Sweeper-KeeperAppearancesMins Played
Simon Mignolet GK Liverpool 3 7 1 5 4 6 540
Joe Hart GK Man City 2 7 3 3 3 6 540

Belgium's Mignolet has made more diving saves than the Man City man, while both have caught the same amount of crosses. Hart, however, appears worse from crosses, having not claimed two more.

Finally, both goalkeepers have intriguing statistics coming off their line. Hart has been a 'sweeper-keeper' three times so far this term and has a 100% success rate. Mignolet has come off his line more - but failed with one of his attempts to get to the ball against Ludogorets in the Champions League. That mistake almost cost the Reds two points...

So who wins based on current form? It is difficult to pick; England's Hart wins in three key areas - yet so does Mignolet.

Would Liverpool really be better off, then, signing a goalkeeper whose success rate is actually pretty similar to the man he is supposed to displace?

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