Liverpool are interested in signing Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry, according to a report by the Northern Echo.
The 21-year-old was an important player for Boro in the Championship last season, as Tony Pulis’ side just missed out on the play-offs.
His impressive performances for Middlesbrough throughout the season did not go unnoticed though, with the Northern Echo reporting recently that Liverpool are interested in signing him.
The report states that Liverpool have been keen on the defender for some time, but it is unclear whether Jurgen Klopp’s side will follow up their interest with an offer, or wait to see how he develops.
So, is Fry good enough for Liverpool? Here, we take a lot at some of his stats from the Championship last season…
Fry made 34 appearances for Middlesbrough in the Championship last season, impressing at centre-back. He was one of the standout players for Boro in defence, but he only averaged one tackle per game.
His stats suggest that he is very good at dealing with balls into the box, as he made an average of 4.8 clearances per match and won an average of 3.6 aerial duels per game.
He also made an average of 29.8 passes per game, with a pass success rate of 69.4%. His passing stats are perhaps a bit lower than you would expect, but he is still only 21 and there is plenty of time for him to improve.
His stats suggest that he has a lot of potential and he is definitely one to watch for the future. He could be a great signing for Liverpool, but it is unlikely that he would get a chance in the first-team at Anfield straight away.
However, he would certainly benefit from training alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren and could develop into a top player.
If Liverpool do sign him, they might want to consider sending him out on loan to gain more experience.
It will be interesting to see what happens with this transfer story over the summer and whether Liverpool do decide to make an offer for him. His stats certainly suggest that he has what it takes to become a top player.