Rooney v Suarez stats going into the Liverpool v United game

We compare two main striking threats for Manchester United and Liverpool, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, and look at their stats for the start of the Premier League season.


Wayne Rooney has started the season in blistering from. The Manchester United and England striker is currently the Premier League’s top scorer and will be looking to add to his tally against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

The ex-Evertonian has nine goals from six appearances this season and Manchester United have won every game he has played in – drawing the only one he has missed.

Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez: Premier League 2011/12

PlayerWayne RooneyLuis Suarez
Minutes played521503
Left-footed goals12
Headed goals11
Right-footed goals71
Goals from inside box64
Goals from outside box30
Goals from open play43
Shooting accuracy %59,1%47,4%
Touches per game67,349,0
Passes per match52,832,0
Passing accuracy %78,5%79,1%

Wayne Rooney’s importance to Manchester United and the variety in his all round game are demonstrated by the statistics of his season so far.

The England striker has scored 9 goals, 3 of which have been from outside the box. Of those 9 goals only 4 have been from open play, which shows how deadly his strike can be from set pieces.

Rooney has a shooting accuracy of 59.1% and is highly involved in matches touching the ball on average 67.3 times a game.

Rooney’s role in the construction of United’s attacking moves is represented by him making an average of 52.8 passes a match. To add to this 78.5% of his passes reach their destination.

Manchester United attacking player’ statistics (Premier League 2011/12)

PlayerGoalsAssistsShots (inc. blocked)
Rooney, Wayne9237
Welbeck, Danny319
Young, Ashley2514


Luis Suarez is currently Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with 4 goals.

The Uruguayan has been prolific in front of goal this season and has been a key element of their recent revival.

This season the forward has allowed Liverpool to keep up with the pace setters at the top of the table as he has attempted the most shots for the reds (23) of which 9 have been on target.

The skilful striker has dribbled his opponents 12 times this season and been accurate with 79% of his passes, whilst also touching the ball in the opposition box 45 times.

Suarez for Liverpool in the PL 2011/12

Appearances (minutes)GoalsAssistsTouches opposition boxPassing accuracySuccessful Dribbles
7 (503)404579.07%12

Liverpool’s Premier League goal scorers 2011/12.

PlayerGoalsAssistsShots (including blocked)
Suárez, Luis4023
Adam, Charlie1216
Carroll, Andy1018
Henderson, Jordan109
Skrtel, Martin103

Luis Suarez is the only Liverpool player that has scored more than once in the Premier League this season and has attempted the most shots, demonstrating a real hunger and will to score.

Suarez has also won his team 14 free kicks (6 in danger areas) and although not being renowned for his work rate the Uruguayan has won 5 of the 6 tackles he has attempted this season (83.3%).

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  1. Farjad Iftekhar15 October, 2011
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