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Liverpool have been linked with more number of left backs than the number of signings that they have completed this summer. This shows how desperately Liverpool want to sign a left back before the next campaign starts. The likes of Jonas Hector, Mattia De Sciglio and Ben Chilwell have been heavily linked with Liverpool throughout the summer. Jonas Hector and De Sciglio are amongst the best in Europe and if Liverpool could sign any one of them, it will bolster Liverpool’s defense to a great extent. Liverpool need a replacement for Alberto Moreno as the Spaniard hasn’t been able to impress with his defensive contributions over the last two seasons. Jonas Hector and De Sciglio are the most viable options for Liverpool but who is better of the two for the Reds?
Jonas Hector plays for FC Koln and he was the best left back in Bundesliga last season. His consistent performances have made him a regular member of the German national team’s starting eleven. Hector is a good example of the modern full-back who prefers going forward but is equally good when it comes to defending. At 26, Hector has a good experience of playing at the international level and his performances at the club level have been world class. Mattia De Sciglio is an Italian fullback and plays for AC Milan. Having made his debut in 2011, De Sciglio has made 104 club appearances for Milan and has 26 international caps and he is just 23. This clearly shows the talent and the potential that the young full-back has. De Sciglio is a more versatile full-back and can play at both the full-back positions, though his preferred position is on the right.
Comparing both of their defensive contributions, Hector averages better than De Sciglio in the number of interceptions made per match. Hector managed 2.45 interceptions per match to De Sciglio’s 2.21. Also, Hector has a better tackle timing and successfully won 1 tackle per game to De Sciglio’s 0.45. Both of them are tall full backs and they have an aerial advantage over most of their opponents. But De Sciglio won almost 70% of his aerial duels whereas Hector won almost 60% of his aerial duels. Liverpool had issues dealing with set pieces and both of them can solve that issue for Liverpool. Defensively, Hector reads the game better than De Sciglio and can track runs of the opponents as well as intercept passes. On the attacking side, Hector clearly is much better than De Sciglio. Hector had a passing accuracy of 82% compared to De Sciglio’s 76%, and almost 50% of Hector’s passes were forward passes. Hector created 57 chances in the Bundesliga last season, 40 more than De Sciglio’s 17. Hector is more creative than De Sciglio and he can deliver good crosses from the left for his teammates to score. Hector has more successful dribbles than De Sciglio and his shot accuracy is better too.
Hector is better than De Sciglio in many aspects and would be a good signing for Liverpool. If De Sciglio is signed by Liverpool, he comes in as an upgrade for Jon Flanagan at the right back position but at the left back position, he is not better than Alberto Moreno but will provide stiff competition for that position. Jonas Hector is a proper left back and he is a more apt replacement for Alberto Moreno. If Liverpool have to choose any one of them, it has to be Jonas Hector but that seems impossible now with the German signing a new contract with FC Koln. But Mattia De Sciglio to is a good option and Klopp might sign him.