Stones v Can: What did we learn from Merseyside derby clash?

John Stones

The Merseyside derby threw up an interesting comparison between Everton defender John Stones and Liverpool star Emre Can.

The Merseyside derby last weekend threw up an interesting confrontation between Everton youngster John Stones and Liverpool star Emre Can.

  PositionTeamWon TackleEffective ClearanceAerial WonInterception WonAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Emre Can MF Liverpool 3 1 1 3 49 1 90
John Stones DF Everton 1 3 2 2 50 1 90

The German has become an important defender for Liverpool, showing the versatility to drop into a position across Liverpool’s backline.

Can was faultless in the game against Bolton in the FA Cup but he was bettered by Stones in terms of aerial duels and effective clearances last weekend.

The aerial duels stat is significant considering the strength of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the air and Kane may look to exploit that strength in the match this evening.

Where Stones has to improve for Everton’s game against Chelsea is in terms of tackling and reading the game.

Chelsea are a side that like to control possession, which makes it important for Stones to be more productive in terms of breaking up the play and reading the game, to intercept a passage of play before it costs his side.

Their passing stats from the Merseyside derby are solid but there is an indication of where they each need to improve heading into Everton and Liverpool’s next games.

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