Comparing Jadon Sancho’s 2018-19 stats to Liverpool’s current forwards

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Liverpool already have one of the best attacks in Europe – but that isn’t going to stop them looking for reinforcements.

The Reds are reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, with suggestions they could even try to get him in January, an unlikely but scary thought for the rest of the Premier League.

We’ve compared Sancho’s stats from the 2018-19 Bundesliga season with Liverpool’s main four forwards in the same Premier League campaign to see who comes out on top.

Goals and assists

After being eased into the Dortmund first team in 2017-18, Sancho grabbed headlines with his performances in 2018-19

In just his second season as a professional, the 19-year-old made 34 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 12 goals and registering 14 assists.

That’s a goal every 205.3 minutes and an assist every 176 minutes – equating to a goal or assist every 94.7 minutes.

In comparison, Mo Salah averaged a goal or assist every 108.7 minutes in the league, while Sadio Mane took 134.1 minutes to do the same and Roberto Firmino 145.5.

Therefore, Divock Origi was the only Liverpool forward to have a better record than Sancho in 2018-19, but he got just three goals and one assist, albeit at an impressive average of one every 92 minutes.

Attacking and defensive contributions

While goals and assists can give a clue to a player’s performances in a season, they don’t always tell the full story.

Unsurprisingly, Salah was most the prolific shooter as he took 3.8 shots per 90 minutes, which is comfortably more than Origi (3.2), Firmino (2.6), Mane (2.5) and Sancho (1.5).

Sancho, however, was streets ahead when it came to dribbling in 2018-19. He completed a remarkable 4.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga last season, averaging almost double that of Salah (2.2) and offering far more in that regard than Firmino (1.7), Mane (1.5) and Origi (1.5).

The Englishman also drew more fouls than all of Liverpool’s current options bar Mane (1.9) but this was a lot closer. He was fouled 1.4 times per 90 minutes last season, which is slightly higher than Origi (1.2) and more than Salah (0.9) and Firmino (0.3)

Jurgen Klopp likes all of his players to make some defensive contributions, so he would love to work with Sancho. He made the most interceptions per 90 minutes (0.5) which was more than Mane (0.4), Firmino (0.2), Salah (0.1) and Origi (0) combined.

But Origi’s 1.5 tackles per 90 minutes puts him higher than Mane (1.0), Firmino (1.0), Sancho (0.7) and Salah (0.6).

Passing

Sancho just edges Salah in terms of key passes, the last pass before a team-mate takes a shot. The English international makes 2.3 key passes per 90 minutes while Salah averages 1.9. Firmino 1.5, Mane 1.3 and Origi falls way behind with 0.7.

Sancho comes out on top again in terms of highest average of passes per 90 minutes. His 47.5 is slightly more than Firmino’s 43.9 and Mane’s 34.5, and well above Salah’s 29.8 and Origi’s 26.4.

Another area in which Sancho stands out is his pass completion. The Dortmund star completed 84.9% of his passes, while Firmino averaged 80.8%, Mane 78.2%, Salah 75.4% and Origi 70.4%.


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