Liverpool’s inability to agree a fee with Sevilla for Spanish international left-back Alberto Moreno has seen their attention diverted in the direction of Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo.
The Mirror suggest that Anfield and Moreno’s employers remain £6m apart in their valuations and the Argentina number three could rate a better value alternative.
Not that it would be settling for less, if the 24-year-old’s performances at the World Cup are anything to go by…
Across the two games he has already played at the tournament the attack-minded Albiceleste man has averaged three tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 aerial duels won.
In contrast Moreno wasn’t granted so much as a second in Brazil by Vicente Del Bosque.
Sadly, the internet’s statistical gate keepers refuse to enlighten us on the performances of Rojo, or indeed anyone else, in the Portuguese Liga Sagres, with even Mexico’s Liga MX better covered.
As a result a direct comparison of his league form with the Sevilla man’s La Liga numbers is not available.
However, performing at a higher level, Rojo comes out in greater credit when his defensive digits are compared with Moreno’s league averages of 1.8 tackles, 2.5 interceptions and 0.9 victories in aerial contests.
Moreover, he was part of a Leoes rearguard that conceded a mere 20 goals in 30 Liga Sagres outings during 2013/14 – far more impressive than a Sevilla backline that shipped 52 times in 38 league games.
The Sporting man also outscored the Spaniard by four goals to three in domestic divisional action, hinting at a greater attacking potency that seems to be confirmed in the former’s numbers at the World Cup.
An average of 1.5 key passes per game at the tournament is more than double the 0.6 potential scoring chances created by Moreno in top-flight action last term.
Rojo’s Argentina are 9/20 to down Nigeria as they bid to escape Group F with a perfect record.