Reported Liverpool target Denis Cheryshev outshines Adam Lallana in six key areas

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev.

According to fresh reports in The Sun, Liverpool are plotting a move for Real Madrid winger Denis Chersyhev as they brace themselves for the prospect of losing Raheem Sterling.

The Russia international is contracted to the Madrid giants but spent the past season on loan at fellow La Liga side Villarreal, performing extremely well.

As per the report, Cheryshev is said to have realised he is in danger of being cast aside if he remains at the Santiago Bernabeu, owing to the heavy competition for places in the final third.

Should a potential move to the Reds occur, the 24-year-old will find himself up against the likes of Adam Lallana for a regular spot, a player he compares favourably against.

  TeamGoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameDispossessed per GameTackles per GameAppearances
Adam Lallana Liverpool 5 3 1.41 1.22 1.11 1.67 1.48 27
Denis Cheryshev Villarreal 4 9 2.5 1.3 1.2 1.1 2.2 33

As per the table above, Lallana didn’t have the best of seasons during his debut campaign on Merseyside, whereas Cheryshev in contrast experienced a wonderful year in Villarreal.

The Madrid academy product lit up the El Madrigal stadium on a number of occasions, scoring four goals and providing an impressive nine assists in 16 La Liga matches.

Moreover, he averaged more shots on goal, chances created via key passes and successful take-ons per Spanish top-flight fixture than Lallana managed in England.

Cheryshev can be described as an efficient winger with bags of creativity, but he’s also very hardworking and helps out with his defensive duties, illustrated by his average of 2.2 tackles per match.

As per the Sun report, his impact with the Yellow submarines has resulted in the La Liga outfit wanting to take him on a permanent basis, though his £14 million valuation may provide a stumbling block.

With the Reds completing a deal to bring in Firmino, adding another attacking talent in Cheryshev may make the prospect of losing Raheem Sterling that much easier to accept.

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