There’s no other way to put it; Jordan Henderson completely outperforms Fabian Frei based on Champions League stats so far.
A lot can be made of the obvious difference between Liverpool playing Ludogorets and FC Basel facing Real Madrid, but it’s still down to key players in any midfield to get stuck in and to try and make a difference.
In three key areas (attempts, tackles and duels won) Henderson is ahead of Frei after matchday one.
Henderson’s form for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers has been remarkable after he was told at one point that he could leave the club if he could find another side that wanted him.
He’s versatile, he’s aggressive and he’ll get forward and try to add goals to his game whenever he can.
Frei is more effective than Henderson in two key areas; passing and the number of fouls he’s given away.
The passing stat is interesting because it suggests he’s a very tidy player who will look after possession, which will help his side build pressure over the Reds tomorrow night.
The fouls aspect is also important to consider because it shows Frei doesn’t make rash decisions and doesn’t consistently leave his team in danger in awkward positions around the pitch.
Both of them will have a say if they start tomorrow night but Henderson has the edge in more areas.