Manchester City’s David Silva is widely acknowledged as one of the best creative midfielders in the European game, with the diminutive Spaniard the heartbeat of Manuel Pellegrini’s attack.
The ex-Valencia man is sure to be a threat to Liverpool at Anfield today, as he looks to link up with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri in the visiting attack.
However, Silva’s mantle as the Premier League’s top number ten could well be in threat. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has grown in stature of late and is starting to display all the attributes that can see him live up to his burgeoning reputation.
With the two creative stars on opposite sides of the divide today, which has been most effective this term?
|Team||Pos||Goals / apps||Goal Assist / apps||Total Att Assist / apps||Won Contest / apps||Accurate Pass / apps||Apps||Mins|
|David Silva||Man City||MF||0.27||0.41||3.59||1.09||62.91||22||1,845|
The table above shows that Silva’s superiority over his younger challenger still remains.
The Manchester City man has a better rate of goals per game than the Brazilian, and has also created more assists per game than the Liverpool man.
Silva is much superior in creating chances for his team-mates, with the City star laying on 3.59 chances that end up in a shot on goal per game compared to Coutinho’s 1.82.
The Spaniard also outshines Coutinho in the number of accurate passes per match, with 62.91 on average per game compared to the Liverpool star’s 36.11.
That said, one area in which Coutinho outperforms his illustrious opponent is in dribbling, with the former Inter man completing on average 1.96 successful beating of opponents, compared to Silva’s 1.09.
The stats show Silva’s importance to City’s title challenge, and the schemer’s presence will be one of the major threats for Liverpool at Anfield later today.
That said, Coutinho is showing form worthy of a potential World Cup spot with Brazil, but still has work to do to get to Silva’s level.