Liverpool’s latest linked star Aubameyang betters Christian Benteke in four key areas

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

According to a report in The Sun, Liverpool have set their sights on bringing in Borussia Dortmund’s talented striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Since Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool boss last Friday, the Reds have been linked with a host of new players and the German coach’s obvious pull has meant the sky is seemingly the limit.

The latest linked player is one Klopp bought while in charge of the Bundesliga outfit following the Aubameyang's impressive form in France.

The Gabon international is a real goalscorer and possesses fabulous movement - but his reported price-tag is somewhere in the region of what Liverpool paid for Christian Benteke only three months ago.

Benteke is a proven forward in the Premier League, having all-but preserved Aston Villa’s Premier League status single-handedly. But would an unlikely Aubameyang arrival be an upgrade?

  TeamGoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAerial Winners per GameAccurate Passes per GameDispossessed per GameAppearances
Christian Benteke Liverpool 2 2.17 1.17 0.83 8.5 18.83 1.67 6
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Dortmund 10 3.5 1.1 0.1 1.1 20.3 0.8 8

Well, as Opta stats show, the two players have quite contrasting styles of play and that can be illustrated by their abilities in certain aspects of an attacker’s game.

Benteke is unquestionably more powerful and dominant in the air, while surprisingly so far this season he is also shown to be a better dribbler and creator with the ball at his feet.

However, Aubameyang is prolific and, with ten strikes in eight Bundesliga games, is among the most feared attackers in Germany. Moreover, the 26-year-old averages more shots, is seemingly more accurate with his passing and more careful in possession as he appears less likely to be dispossessed with the ball under his command.

Saying which of the two strikers is better overall is perhaps unfair considering their contrasting styles of play yet, on the other hand, the thought of them up front together for Liverpool could be a mouth-watering prospect.

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