HEAD-TO-HEAD: Lovren v Stones - Which defender came out on top?

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Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren and Everton star John Stones will both be pleased with how they played in the Merseyside derby.

H2H Lovren V Stones

The Merseyside derby presented fans with the opportunity to watch two very different defenders go head-to-head under similar circumstances.

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren has been struggling for consistency this season while Everton’s John Stones has been part of what was the worst defence in the Premier League before the Merseyside derby.

So how did the pair do against each other?

The stats suggest that Stones’ positional play under pressure was spot on as he made two blocks from outfielders. The job of any defender being to be in the line of fire between the attacker and the goal.

Where Lovren had the edge was in terms of being the more proactive defender during the game. He made more tackles, made more clearances and won more duels against Everton attackers when they got forward.

That shows a willingness to get stuck in and clear danger before the opposition can get a shot away on goal.

Perhaps a reason Stones is behind in those areas is because he read the game so well, making three more interceptions over the course of the match.

The number of accurate passes for either defender was fairly similar and they can each be relatively pleased with the way they played during the game.

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