Liverpool want Jamal Lewis as cover for Andy Robertson, according to reports. We take a look at how the two left-backs compare.
The BBC, among others, claim that Liverpool want Lewis to come in this summer. They’ll look to pay around £10m to finally have cover for Robertson.
The Scot hasn’t really had competition since he usurped Alberto Moreno in late 2017. Lewis can provide that, however, and a little look into the stats shows how. (All stats per Whoscored).
With the ball
Lewis can’t compare to Robertson with the ball. No one really can, though, as the no.26 bagged 12 assists in the Premier League this season, behind only Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Lewis didn’t manage one.
Robertson completes nearly 60 passes per game, with 2.5 long balls connecting. Lewis, on the other hand, averages under 30 completed passes, with 1.1 long balls. Key passes, too, are heavily in Roberton’s favour – 1.5 per game to Lewis’s 0.5.
Luckily for Lewis, passing isn’t the only thing you can do with a football.
Dribbling is where the 22-year-old shine. He attempts to take players on at least twice per game on average, compared to Robertson’s 1.2. Lewis usually succeeds, too, and averages 1.2 successful dribbles per game. That’s exactly twice Robertson’s average.
They’re equal when it comes to poor touches, too. Both average 1.3 per game, although teams win the ball from Lewis 0.8 times per game – 4x as much as Robertson.
Without the ball
Lewis undoubtedly has the edge when it comes to tackling. He wins 1.8 per game compared to Robertson’s 1.5 but it’s in standing his ground where he truly shines.
Robertson gets dribbled past 0.9 times a game – quite a high amount, really. Lewis beats that comfortably, though, with 0.5 – nearly twice as good.
Interceptions are very similar. Lewis has 0.9 and Robertson narrowly beats it at exactly 1. Blocks look good for Lewis, too.
He’s better when it comes to shot-blocking (0.4 to 0.2) while also narrowly blocking more crosses, too (0.5 to 0.4). Robertson does block more passes, however (0.7 to 0.5).
It’s not easy to compare two players at wildly different teams. Robertson completes far more passes, for instance, but Liverpool pass far more as a team. Lewis blocks and tackles more, but he does a lot more defending.
But both have their standouts, regardless. Lewis defends far more but gets dribbled past far less – that’s a big win for him. But then Robertson absolutely blows Lewis out of the water when it comes to passing and creating chances. He’s one of the best in the world for a reason, after all.
What we can learn is that Lewis has traits that bode very well for Liverpool. He can defend well and he likes to run with the ball. If Jurgen Klopp and co. can add some productivity to his game, then the Reds could boast another very good left-back.
Robertson only got two assists in his relegation season with Hull City, after all. Liverpool improved him immeasurably there – hopefully they can do the same with Lewis, should he arrive.