Lovren v Alderweireld: How the two defenders compared this season

Taking a closer look at the Liverpool and Southampton centre-backs' performances in the league this season.

Dejan Lovren v Toby Alderweireld: Head to Head: Comparing the Liverpool and Southampton defenders: 20150526

When Liverpool signed Dejan Lovren from Southampton last summer it seemed like a very canny piece of business from Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

After all, the Croatian international had enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at St Mary’s and he seemed the perfect player to strengthen Liverpool’s back-line.

However, 12 months on things have not gone according to plan, with Lovren struggling for form at Anfield and the player brought in to replace him at Southampton, Toby Alderweireld, excelling.

The Atletico Madrid loanee has been brilliant for Ronald Koeman’s side and there are sure to be a whole host of clubs interested in signing him on a permanent basis next season. But how exactly did he compare with the man he replaced this season?

The Liverpool centre-back had the better passing accuracy, successful with 85 per cent of his efforts compared with Alderweireld’s 80 per cent.

The Southampton player netted once in the league, while Lovren failed to score in that competition for Liverpool, and the two players averaged exactly the same amount of tackles per game.

But as well as Alderweireld performed for Southampton, it is the Liverpool defender who somewhat surprisingly comes out on top in a number of key defensive areas.

The Croatian outshines the Belgian when it comes to effective clearances (both with his head and with his feet), interceptions, aerial battles and duels.

Of course statistics only tell part of the story, but on that alone, perhaps Lovren did not have as bad a campaign at Liverpool as some have suggested.

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