Comparing Luis Diaz’s 2021-22 stats to Liverpool’s current forwards

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Luiz Diaz celebrates scoring for Porto against AC Milan, November 2021.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in strengthening their forward line in the January transfer window and have been linked with Porto winger Luis Diaz. 

After impressing in both the Champions League and last summer’s Copa America, Diaz’ has exploded into the wider consciousness over the last few months and has attracted the attention of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. 

But would he be a good signing for the club? We’ve compared Diaz’s 2021-22 Primeira Liga stats with the corresponding Premier League stats for Liverpool’s current forward options.

Note: only players who’ve played over 250 minutes are included and all statistics are for league appearances only.

Goals
Mohamed Salah – 16
Luis Diaz – 13
Diogo Jota – 10
Sadio Mane – 8
Roberto Firmino – 4
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 0

Assists
Mohamed Salah – 9
Luis Diaz – 4
Roberto Firmino – 2
Diogo Jota – 1
Sadio Mane – 1
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 1

Minutes per goal
Luis Diaz – 103.5
Roberto Firmino – 109
Mohamed Salah – 111.5
Diogo Jota – 129.0
Sadio Mane – 212.5
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A

Minutes per goal or assist
Mohamed Salah – 71.3
Roberto Firmino – 72.6
Luis Diaz – 79.1
Diogo Jota – 117.3
Sadio Mane – 188.8
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 591

Chances created per 90 minutes
Luis Diaz – 2.3
Mohamed Salah – 2.1
Roberto Firmino – 1.9
Diogo Jota – 1.5
Sadio Mane – 1.1
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 0.9

Successful dribbles per 90 mins (success rate)
Luis Diaz – 2.7 (61.4%)
Mohamed Salah – 1.9 (46.4%)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 1.7 (70.8%)
Sadio Mane – 1.6 (59.3%)
Roberto Firmino – 1.4 (51.9%)
Diogo Jota – 1.1 (45.8%)

Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 46.1 (81.1%)
Roberto Firmino – 42.7 (77.8%)
Luis Diaz – 37 (80.3%)
Mohamed Salah – 34.2 (79.8%)
Sadio Mane – 30.8 (75%)
Diogo Jota – 26.9 (75.8%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Mohamed Salah – 4 (3.1)
Luis Diaz – 3.5 (2.9)
Diogo Jota – 3.3 (2.3)
Sadio Mane – 3.2 (2.2)
Roberto Firmino – 2.7 (1.4)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 2 (0.3)


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