Liverpool's Opta stars of 2014: Sterling, Gerrard & Coutinho feature

Philippe Coutinho

A year full of highs and lows for Liverpool saw certain names consistently produce the numbers, regardless of their form.

2014 was a year Liverpool fans will want to both remember and forget in equal measure.

The highs of Brendan Rodgers' second season in charge at Anfield, when it seemed as though the Reds could put five past anyone at stages, will long live in the memory of Kopites.

But those times will, of course, be counterbalanced by the heartbreaking memories of yet again losing out on a Premier League title and the on-pitch turmoil that followed in the second half of 2014.

Nevertheless, when it comes to the stats, several Liverpool performers consistently turned out the numbers all through the year...

  Chances CreatedDribbles WonAccurate CrossesFinal-Third PassesMinutes Played
Raheem Sterling 78 124 17 444 3,041
Steven Gerrard 67 8 39 402 3,089
Jordan Henderson 60 16 16 522 2,984
Philippe Coutinho 53 74 28 503 2,395
Luis Suarez 43 52 10 278 1,706
Daniel Sturridge 21 19 3 159 1,560

As Opta stats show, Raheem Sterling was the Reds' most creative player, having created 78 chances and won 124 dribbles in over 3,000 minutes of football. Interestingly, skipper Steven Gerrard is right behind him in terms of chances created, although it is intriguing to note Luis Suarez's impact in just several months of football.

  Accurate PassesTouchesPassing AccuracyMinutes Played
Steven Gerrard 1,900 2,851 86% 3,089
Martin Skrtel 1,758 2,616 91% 3,240
Jordan Henderson 1,695 2,524 85% 2,984
Philippe Coutinho 1,181 2,057 81% 2,395
Raheem Sterling 985 2,022 81% 3,041

Passing-wise, Gerrard tops the table for the Reds, having completed almost 2,000 of them (despite the odd misplaced Hollywood pass!). Martin Skrtel was Liverpool's most accurate passer, though, while Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Sterling complete their top five.

  Tackles WonInterceptions WonEffective ClearancesAerial Duels WonBlocksMinutes Played
Steven Gerrard 70 45 107 43 16 3,089
Philippe Coutinho 55 17 12 10 2 2,395
Joe Allen 53 30 15 7 7 1,434
Jordan Henderson 53 36 63 36 7 2,984
Jon Flanagan 40 31 50 17 3 1,336
Lucas Leiva 40 27 38 34 7 1,166

Defensively, it is Gerrard again that tops the standings in every key area. That perhaps says a lot for Liverpool's lack of influence from the back - after all, 2014 was one of Liverpool's worst ever years defensively.

And it is interesting to note the impact of Coutinho, who won a surprisingly high amount of tackles for an attacking midfielder. Jon Flanagan's presence in the top five is also eye-catching, as he played just 1,336 minutes during the year.

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