Analysis: Liverpool should steer well clear of Manchester United winger Ashley Young

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Ashley Young.

According to a report in the Daily Star, Liverpool are said to be monitoring Ashley Young’s situation at Manchester United ahead of a possible £8 million swoop.

The Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man this summer, actively looking to strengthen his side as the club bid to bounce back from a disappointing 2014/15 campaign.

Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino are the most noteworthy attacking additions, the three players more than making up for the loss of England international Raheem Sterling.

However, reports in the Daily Star claim the club are exploring other avenues, and among those is Manchester United winger Ashley Young.

The 30-year-old is a solid Premier League performer, but should Liverpool seek a deal to sign him?

  TeamGoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTackles per GAMEAppearances
Roberto Firmino Hoffenheim 7 10 2.9 2.1 4.2 2.7 33
Danny Ings Burnley 11 4 2.77 1 1.63 0.77 35
Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 5 5 2.94 1.69 3.11 1.4 35
Ashley Young Man Utd 2 5 1.12 1.31 1.46 1.19 26

Well, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, Young offers little to what is already in place at Anfield and his potential arrival would only add an extra body to the wage bill.

The former Aston Villa star is no longer the attacking force he was, despite coming back into favour at Old Trafford last season, scoring only two Premier League goals with an average of just 1.12 shots per league encounter.

While his assists are comparable to the Liverpool trio, his average number of key passes and successful take-ons per match are not, and this is a telling factor of his diminishing impact in the final third.

The Reds have been astute this summer in bringing in players who will improve their starting XI, yet signing Young for the sake of it would certainly place doubts on such a perspective.

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