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Who should Liverpool buy: Alexandre Lacazette or Loic Remy?

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The £75 million windfall provided by Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona has so far seen Liverpool sign a host of attacking players, in spite of a season that saw them score over 100 Premier League goals, and speculation suggesting that the Reds look to bolster of their forward line is showing no signs of slowing down.

The signings of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana have boosted Brendan Rodgers' attacking midfield options, but he is still in need of another striker, in spite of the arrival of Rickie Lambert.

Both Loic Remy and Alexandre Lacazette have been linked with Liverpool in recent days, the latter valued at £16m by Lyon, hinting that the pace and speed at which the Reds attacked last season is set to continue into the new campaign.

Remy and Lacazette both fit the Daniel Sturridge mould of pacey forward players with devastating finishing ability and scored 14 and 15 league goals last season for Newcastle and Lyon respectively.

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Remy's goals came in a shorter period of time, giving him an average of 0.6 per 90 minutes played - or one every 150 minutes - while Lacazette netted 0.47 per 90 minutes played - one every 193 minutes.

These came from an average of just over an extra shot per 90 minutes played from Remy, who took 3.86 shots per 90 minutes played. Both secured conversion rates of over 20%, with Remy shading Lacazette thanks to a 21.5% conversion to Lacazette's 20.8%.

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The QPR forward also won more - and at a higher percentage - of his aerial duels than Lacazette, although aerial play is hardly in the forte of either man.

Explosive pace is more in the comfort zone of both, with Lacazette using his to go past his man an average of 1.55 times per 90 minutes. While Lacazette completed take-ons more frequently, choosing to attempt more, Remy completed a higher percentage of his when he elected to go past his man.

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There was little to choose between the pair in terms of assists and chance creation last season, but Remy shaded both - albeit with fairly unspectacular stats. Neither player is known for buildup play or chance creation, but Remy provided marginally more chances than his rival per 90 minutes, as well as scoring a higher Squawka Performance Score.

This may have been helped by the added work Remy was required to do as the focal point of a Newcastle attack that won just one of the 12 games that the loanee missed, while Lacazette shared the attacking burden with Bafetimbi Gomis at Lyon.

At 23, Lacazette has time on his side over Remy, who is four years his senior. Similar in style, it is easy to see why Liverpool have been linked with both - although they would surely buy only one - and why Newcastle were believed to have identified Lacazette as a ready-made Remy replacement.

Remy's goalscoring last season, when he was just one goal shy of the Lyon forward in spite of playing 800 fewer minutes, in the Premier League and for a team that scored fewer than Lyon, makes him the safer option of the two in the short term should it boil down to a straight contest between the two.

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