Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has revealed that players' stats are taken into serious consideration when the Anfield club decide whether or not to make new signings.
"When you find yourself handling three of the biggest transfers in English football history in the last days of the market, precise figures allow you not to do that blind," Comolli said, citing Liverpool signing Luis Suarez as an example of that.
"You have to act quickly. For Luis, I asked scouts to make inquiries in Holland.
"I looked at his stats over the last three years - especially the number of matches played. We are going in the right direction of players who don't get injured.
“We are going to take more and more account of the health of a player in the future. It costs so much having players who don't play.”
As the summer transfer period nears and rumours circulate of countless left backs, midfielders, strikers and defenders heading to Liverpool, Comolli has revealed that with Suarez there were particular statistics that had importance placed on them as Liverpool decided whether to sign the Ajax star.
"With Luis, we took account of the number of decisive passes, his performances against the big teams, against the little ones, in Europe, and the difference between his goals scored at home and away,” Comolli said.