Liverpool-linked striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang betters Daniel Sturridge in six key areas

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to a recent report in The Sun, Liverpool want Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke but so far have refused to stump up his widely reported £32.5 million buyout clause.

That particular report  goes on to say that Villa could be forced to slash his price tag to £20 million, a situation which could prompt the Reds into making a bid.

But would Christian Benteke really be a good signing for the Anfield outfit? After all, his style of play is hardly a great match for Brendan Rodgers’ ideals of high pressing and plenty of forward movement.

One star who is much better suited as Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player who has been linked to Anfield via the Mirror and proved last season just how good he is.

  TeamGoals per GameAssists per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameAccurate Passes per GameTackles per GameDispossessed per GameAppearances
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool 0.33 0.08 3.25 0.92 16.5 0.08 2.33 12
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Dortmund 0.48 0.18 3.1 1.4 24.1 0.6 0.9 33

As per the table above, when comparing to Liverpool’s main striker Daniel Sturridge, Aubameyang comes out on top in as many as six key attacking categories.

Aside from netting 16 Bundesliga goals and providing six assists, the Gabon international was more clinical in-front of goal per shot and created more chances for his teammates via key passes.

Moreover, the 26-year-old averaged more accurate passes per encounter and was shown to work harder in the final third, posting more tackles and holding on to the ball better.

Sturridge spent much of last season’s Premier League campaign nursing an injury, but on his return he struggled to adapt to not having superstar Luis Suarez by his side and making those darting runs.

Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert were never going to provide space for Sturridge via movement, but a player of Aubameyang’s qualities will and it is this type of striker the Reds need to acquire this summer.

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