Henderson vs Kovacic, do Liverpool need the Inter Milan man?

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Manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly having the Croatian scouted this weekend, we compare him with current star Henderson.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Inter Milan star Mateo Kovacic, according to the Mirror.

The newspaper claims that the manager is having the midfielder watched over the weekend with a view to a move in the summer, with the 20-year-old playing against Norway for his country Croatia.

Any move for the Croatian would likely be an expensive one for the Reds, with Kovacic rated as one of Europe’s most exciting youngsters and catching the eye of several big clubs.

If he were to turn up at Anfield, he would find competition in the shape of Jordan Henderson, who has fast become a key player under Rodgers. We decided to compare the two players to see if Liverpool really do need the Inter Milan star.

We’re using Squawka for these stats, and it seems Kovacic is a slight leader in the total score column with a ranking of 652, compared to Henderson’s score of 648. He also comes out on top in the passing statistics.

Here he has a possession score of 177 compared to Henderson’s 135, while he also has a slightly higher pass completion rate, 86% compared to 82%. However, the England man is not beaten in every category by Kovacic, with assists his particular forte.

This season he has seven assists, Kovacic has just one, while he has also managed to create more chances for his teammates as well with him creating 46 chances compared to the Inter Milan man’s tally of 44.

So then, the two players are actually quite close over this season’s stats, with Henderson just beating Kovacic when it comes to assists. While it is unlikely Kovacic would replace Henderson at Liverpool, perhaps manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to create a young, and deadly, centre midfield pairing?

As the statistics show, a move for Kovacic would not be a wasted one in any regard.

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