Proof that Liverpool got the better outcome from mega summer transfer

Cast your minds back to last summer. The days were longer, the weather was hot and the mood among all of us was a little cheerier than it is now in damp, cold March. However, there was one blot for Liverpool and Manchester City fans: the Raheem Sterling saga.

As one of English football’s most talented young players, the winger/attacking midfielder/striker/‘No.10’/wing-back was in demand. After weeks of media games and some pretty dirty tactics from his agent, Aidy Ward, his £50m move up the M62 came to fruition, and Man City fans breathed a heavy sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, Liverpool supporters were worried. After all, how do you replace such a talent?

Well, a large chunk of the incoming fee was sent to Hoffenheim for the signature of Roberto Firmino. Initially this looked to be a bit of a gaffe, but as the months have passed the Brazilian has eased into life in the Premier League, and is now flourishing. In fact, he’s been an UPGRADE on Sterling:

That’s right, as the stats show, the 24-year-old has outperformed his predecessor in terms of chances created-per-minute, with the current Kop star managing to offer up a ‘big chance’ for a team-mate every 176 minutes in Premier League action… far more frequently than Sterling’s 832 minutes-per-clear-chance. Firmino has also scored more (6-5) and assisted more (6-2).

Granted, there are some caveats… such as Sterling being used as a winger, while Firmino has been deployed more centrally. However, it must be remembered that Manchester City have better players and have netted more frequently as a team. Firmino, meanwhile, has endured a change of manager and has had to adjust to a seemingly ever-changing Liverpool starting XI.