Comparing Upamecano’s 2019-20 stats to Liverpool’s current centre-backs

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RB Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano has become the latest name to be linked to Liverpool after Virgil van Dijk‘s injury.

It looks likely that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will make a move for a new defender in the January transfer window as they face the prospect of their leader at the back sidelined until next season.

But how does the 21-year-old France international, one of the most highly-rated centre-backs in Europe, compare to what Liverpool already have? Here’s how his key stats compare to Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Van Dijk’s last season. Note: these figures apply to league football only.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Dayot Upamecano – 2.0 (74%)
Joel Matip – 1.7 (65.3%)
Joe Gomez – 1.0 (66.6%)
Virgil van Dijk – 0.6 (74.9%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Joel Matip – 6.0 (90.9%)
Virgil van Dijk – 5.0 (75.7%)
Joe Gomez – 3.2 (59.2%)
Dayot Upamecano – 2.1 (65.6%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Joe Gomez – 1.7
Dayot Upamecano – 1.6
Joel Matip – 1.5
Virgil van Dijk – 1.1

Fouls per 90 minutes
Dayot Upamecano – 1.0
Joe Gomez – 0.9
Joel Matip – 0.9
Virgil van Dijk – 0.4

READ: Comparing Liverpool’s record with and without Virgil van Dijk since 2018

Clearances per 90 minutes
Joel Matip – 4.7
Virgil van Dijk – 4.3
Dayot Upamecano – 3.2
Joe Gomez – 2.7

Passing accuracy
Virgil van Dijk – 89.1%
Dayot Upamecano – 89.1%
Joe Gomez – 88%
Joel Matip – 84.3%

Goals
Virgil van Dijk – 5
Joel Matip – 1
Joe Gomez – 0
Dayot Upamecano – 0


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