Stats show Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino can outshine Raheem Sterling

Stats suggest Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has landed a transfer masterstroke with £29m Roberto Firmino signing

Liverpool are wasting no time in the transfer market this summer with another new signing in the form of Brazilian wonderkid Roberto Firmino for a reported £29m fee.

Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have analysed the new Liverpool star alongside the want-away Raheem Sterling and judging by the stats, it appears to be a positive move by the Reds, assuming they achieve the £50m price tag that they’ve put on Sterling.

Despite two fewer league appearances last season, 23-year-old Firmino equalled Sterling’s seven goals and went three better for assists (10 to 7).

The Brazilian edged successful passes per game (28 to 26) and was also superior for take-ons, successfully completing 56.9% to Sterling’s 49.5%.

The stats also show that Firmino also excels defensively and puts a shift in for his team. The 23-year-old won more tackles (2.09 to 0.86) per game than Sterling and also made more interceptions (1.12 to 0.49) per game too.

It appears that Liverpool have landed themselves an ideal, if not better and more rounded player than the one that is ready to leave.

Could this be the best bit of business that Brendan Rodgers has done since taking the reins at Anfield?

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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