“Lots of teams looked at him, Tottenham, West Ham, even Liverpool wanted him at one point. That tells you a lot.”
It’s not often you see Liverpool be so impressed by a player at Everton that they are actually interested in signing them, yet that was the case for Andre Gomes according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan via Football Insider.
The Portuguese international enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Toffees, so much so that Marco Silva signed the midfielder from Barcelona this week on a permanent deal for a reported £22 million by BBC Sport, beating out a multitude of clubs such as the aforementioned Spurs and West Ham, yet it seems odd that the Reds were interested in Gomes.
Sure, the former Barcelona man is a player of obvious talent. When comparing Gomes to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho last season looking at stats from WhoScored, the Portuguese midfielder made more dribbles per 90 than any of the Reds trio at 1.5, as well as more long balls at 3.5 per game, but from here, everything goes in favour of those representing the red half of Merseyside.
Gomes averaged 6.1 fewer passes than the lowest passing Liverpool player from the tree at 44.4 to Georginio Wijnaldum’s 50.5, as well as making 0.3 fewer key passes than Henderson, who he himself only averages 0.5 per game.
With Fabinho also outnumbering Gomes and his Liverpool counterparts in the defensive stats and you start to get the picture as to why the former Barcelona man wouldn’t have been too exciting a signing for the Reds, who also have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning for the new season.
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