They say you can use statistics to prove anything. However, we certainly didn’t need to manipulate these numbers to prove what an unbelievable signing Roberto Firmino is for Liverpool.
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The Liverpool Echo have delighted in listing the numbers – which you can see for yourself below – over the course of the day, and I think it’s fair to say that they’re looking massively positive.
We’re all crossing our fingers now and hoping that this deal proves to as much as a coup as the statistics would have us believe. Indeed, based on what we know about him thus far, let’s just hope he thrives well under pressure – because we’re going to be expecting big, big things.
Here are the best statistics we’ve seen on our new man thus far:
44 – Only James Rodriguez (Real Madrid and Colombia) has been involved in more goals from midfield in the last two seasons
27 – No Bundesliga player has completed more through-balls in the last three seasons
10 – More league assists than any Liverpool player in 2014/15
32 – Coutinho & Sterling combined have scored just two more goals in the last two seasons
62 – Since his debut in Feb 2011, he has been involved in more goals (62) than any other Brazilian in the top five leagues
244 – The third most successful dribbler in Europe, only behind Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard
9 – Ranked as the ninth best player in the top five European leagues last season. He has averaged 8/10 for two seasons in a row.
69 – Despite being an attacking midfielder, he won 69 tackles last season, more than any Liverpool player