Former Leicester player Matt Piper has claimed that Foxes fullback Ricardo Pereira is better than Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Piper says that Ricardo is the best right-back in the Premier League as he has more to his game than the Liverpool defender.
Ricardo and Alexander-Arnold could face up against each other at the weekend as Liverpool host Leicester at Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League.
Speaking to Tribal Football, Piper gave his thoughts on who the best right-back in the league is. “This is no disrespect to Trent Alexander-Arnold but I think he’s the best right-back in the league. And this is not just because I’m a Leicester fan.
“Better than Alexander-Arnold, I do honestly. He’s got more to his game than Alexander-Arnold. Chilwell has just gone for 50 million at Chelsea. But Ricardo Pereira is a level or two above and Chilwell is England’s starting left-back so that shows you how good I think Pereira is.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
The statistics from last season do seem to back up Piper’s claim. Ricardo had the highest WhoScored rating for defenders in the Premier League last season and the second-highest overall behind Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. He had a score of 7.50 in the league, which was 0.30 higher than Alexander-Arnold’s – who scored 7.20.
In terms of contributing in the final third, however, the Liverpool man was far and away the better fullback. He scored four and assisted 13, whilst Ricardo was only able to score three times and assist twice for Leicester. This shows that Alexander-Arnold had a much greater impact going forward with his crosses and getting into the box to score goals for himself.
When it came to defending Ricardo posted some exceptional numbers in the Premier League. He averaged 4.3 tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per game, whilst Alexander-Arnold registered 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.8 clearances. These stats clearly show that Ricardo had more of an impact defensively on his team, whereas Alexander-Arnold was more involved offensively.