Liverpool don’t need Bojan; Christian Benteke has been better this season

The Reds were linked with a move for the Stoke City forward this week, but it would make little sense.

This week saw one of the odder transfer rumours surface, as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were linked with Stoke City striker Bojan.

The trio are reportedly eyeing a £10million move for the Spaniard in January according to the Sun, with them all needing to add firepower to their squad this season.

Liverpool in particular have continued to struggle in that area, with Daniel Sturridge failing to maintain his fitness, Divock Origi a work in progress and Christian Benteke yet to prove his worth.

A move to the Reds would make little sense though, with Bojan not the out-and-out striker they need, but more a creative player; something the squad is already full of.

Aside from that, taking a look at the stats shows that Benteke has even been better than Bojan in several areas this season, despite his struggles.

  TeamSeasonGoals per GameBig Chance Scored per GameTotal Scoring Attempts per GameOn-target Scoring Attempts per GameGoal Assist per GameTotal Attempted Assist per GameOn-target Attempted Assist per GameAppearances
Christian Benteke Liverpool 2015-2016 0.3 0.0 2.3 0.6 0 1.0 0.6 13
Bojan Stoke 2015-2016 0.2 0.1 1.0 0.5 0 0.8 0.5 12

As the table from Opta shows, Benteke currently has a better goal per game ratio, as well as registering more scoring attempts per game and more on target scoring attempts.

Creatively he has also been a bigger influence, with more attempted assists per game and more on-target attempted assists per game as well.

In fact, the only area the two are level is when it comes to assists per game, with both yet to register in that regard.

And the only area where the Stoke man has bettered his Liverpool counterpart is when it comes to taking big chances, with his tally being 0.1 per game and Benteke’s at 0.

So, Liverpool’s potential move for Bojan would be an odd one to say the least given the domination by Benteke in these stats.

With the Belgian struggling, and likely to struggle to adapt to Jurgen Klopp’s system, that is likely to sway the German’s thinking going forward, making a move for a new forward a distinct possibility. 

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