Stats highlight exactly who the best dribblers are in the Liverpool front-four. Mohamed Salah doesn’t make the top two, however.
Liverpool have an incredible front-four capable of devastating any defence in the world. They’re all brilliant counter-attacking players, too, who can run with the ball and cause havoc.
But just who are the best dribblers in that Liverpool front-four? We have a look at the stats to find out.
4th – Mohamed Salah
Some may think Salah is the outright best – he runs with the ball a lot, after all. But statistically, he’s the worst dribbler in that attack.
Salah successfully beats a defender at an average of 1.7 dribbles per game (all stats per Whoscored) – that’s a very good number. It makes him the third best at the club, in fact.
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He gets there through shear quantity, though. He attempts over 4 per game, which puts him 7th for that stat in the Premier League.
That means he fails with 2.4 dribbles per game – the worst rate in the Premier League. Salah may like a dribble, but it’s far from his best trait.
3rd – Diogo Jota
Jota, like, Salah fails more often than he succeeds with dribbling – but at nowhere near the same rate.
Instead, the Portuguese forward nears a 50/50 split. He succeeds with 1.1 per game and fails with 1.3.
Honestly, there’s not much to complain about. He’ll improve, hopefully, but Jota is just an average dribbler.
2nd – Roberto Firmino
There’s no question who the best two are. Firmino is, undoubtedly, a fantastic dribbler.
He beats 1.5 players per game on average, just 0.2 behind Salah. But whereas Salah fails far more often than he succeeds, Firmino is the opposite.
The Brazilian fails on average 0.5 times per game. So, effectively, you’ll only see him fail an attempt every other game. He’s 3x more likely to succeed, though, which is a fantastic rate.
1st – Sadio Mane
Mane is the king of dribbling at Liverpool. He averages nearly an entire dribble more than Salah per game, with a fraction of the failure rate.
The Senegalese completes 2.6 on average – the 8th best in the Premier League. The next best at Liverpool is Thiago at 2, but he’s only played 135 minutes.
Mane fails with just 1.1, too, meaning he fails less than even Jota, while completing over twice as many.
If Liverpool want someone to run at the opposition with the ball, Mane is the pick.