Stats: Henderson or Herrera? Carragher decides who is the best

Henderson Liverpool

Liverpool and Manchester United midfielders have been put under the microscope by Jamie Carragher.

Henderson vs Herrera

Liverpool star Jordan Henderson is the superior footballer to Manchester United's summer recruit Ander Herrera.

That is the opinion of former Anfield favourite Jamie Carragher, who took part in an impromptu question and answer session on Twitter recently but proclaimed he "likes the look" of Old Trafford's resident out-field Spaniard.

Do the statistics back up Carragher's claim, though?

Interestingly, there are remarkable similarities when it comes to their influence on the field in terms of touches per game (Henderson's 82 to Herrera's 80), precision in the pass (Henderson's 88% to Herrera's 89%) and direction (28% forward for Henderson, 27% forward for Herrera).

What, perhaps, separates these two Premier League athletes is that, according to Opta date taken from the current season, the Liverpool man is more creative (49 minutes per key pass supplied) and total assists (two).

The Manchester United acquisition, bought for £24 million prior to the Louis van Gaal era, appears to be more robust (7.75 duels won per game despite an identical tackle output).

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