Liverpool travel to Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal on Monday night in a match-up which will see attacking full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Hector Bellerin go head to head.
The latter rose to prominence last season as the youngster was thrust into the Gunners’ first-team largely as a result of an ongoing defensive injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium.
Bellerin’s impact was impressive as the former Barcelona academy product quickly adjusted to the team’s style and used his blistering speed to become another outlet in attack.
Clyne, on the other hand, was one of the standout right-backs in England last season, and his fine form prompted Liverpool to sign him from Southampton during the summer transfer window.
They both have undeniable qualities, especially going forward, and ahead of the much-anticipated clash in North London we take a look at which full-back has performed better since the turn of the year.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the duo excel in a number of key categories, but the numbers would point to Bellerin as the better performer so far in 2015.
The 20-year-old has averaged more interceptions, effective clearances and defensive duel winners per Premier League encounter, illustrating the fact that he is, first and foremost, a top defender.
Moreover, the statistics would argue that he is more of a threat than Clyne going forward, averaging slightly more accurate passes and successful take-ons per match.
Liverpool’s new recruit comes out on top with a higher number of tackles and ball recoveries per match, though it will be interesting to see how his numbers compare now that he plies his trade at Anfield.
The duo are likely to have a busy evening on Monday, with both teams possessing some of the country’s best wide men, while they will also be tasked with getting forward and supporting in attack.