Henderson vs Shelvey: One player beats the other in five key areas

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

We look at how Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey compare.

Swansea City host Liverpool on Monday night in an intriguing Premier League encounter which sees plenty of figures facing their former clubs.

Merseyside boss Brendan Rodgers is going back to the club which made him as a boss, whereas midfielders Joe Allen and Jonjo Shelvey will be looking to put one over their old sides.

The hosts head into the fixture with little other than enjoyment left to play for as they sit comfortably in mid-table but too far off a possible Europa League spot.

The Reds, on the other hand, will be desperate to maintain their long unbeaten run and claim victory in order to keep up the pace in the race for the top four.

Both teams like to get the ball down and play it, and a potentially key midfield battle which may occur at the Liberty Stadium could ultimately prove the difference between the two teams on the night.

Jordan Henderson vs Jonjo Shelvey.

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameAccurate Passes per GameTackles per GameInterceptions per GameDefensive Duels Won per GameAppearances
Jordan Henderson 0.15 1.3 1.7 48.37 1.67 1.04 4.48 27
Jonjo Shelvey 0.09 1.77 0.95 36.86 1.05 1.23 3 22

According to the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo are very much the influential all-round midfielders, but Shelvey has some way to go before comparing to the Reds’ stand-in skipper.

Henderson tops the key battle in as many as five key categories, scoring more goals, creating more chances and recording more passes on average per Premier League fixture.

Shelvey, however, doesn’t need a second invitation to have a crack on goal and he has on average posted more attempts than the England international – though to little avail.

Aside from his passing ability and newfound leadership, Henderson has improved incredibly on his defensive work – averaging 1.67 tackles and an impressive 4.48 defensive duels won per match.

The former Sunderland man is on trial in regards to taking over Steven Gerrard’s captaincy in the long-run and he will be desperate to stake him claim with his fourth consecutive win while donning the armband.

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