Sunderland have agreed a £4m fee for the Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, who was on loan at the North East club last season.
Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala have looked at the 24-year-old against another Liverpool centre-back, £20 million Dejan Lovren, and the stats suggest that Liverpool may have made a mistake in allowing the Uruguayan to move on.
As Coates made ten appearances in a Sunderland shirt, while Lovren played 26 games for Liverpool, the comparison was made on a per-game basis.
The 24-year-old made more tackles (1.9 to 1.4), more interceptions (3.3 to 1.9) and more blocks (1 to 0.2) per game. While Lovren led Coates for clearances per game only (7.9 to 5.4).
Coates also excelled aerially winning 74% of his battles in the air to Lovren's 72% and has made far fewer mistakes at the back. Lovren made a total of six defensive errors in the Premier League last season to just one from Coates.
Liverpool's leaky defence was one of the reasons they struggled last season. Have they just got rid of a defender who is better than one they will be relying upon next term?