QPR’s Matt Phillips has outperformed Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling in 2015

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Queens Park Rangers star Matt Phillips will meet at Anfield this weekend.

Liverpool host Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers this weekend in a match that will see exciting wingers Raheem Sterling and Matt Phillips feature on opposing sides.

The Reds head into the match in disappointing form as defeat at Hull City has all-but ended their challenge for a top-four spot come the end of the season.

Things haven’t been quite right with the Reds for much of the season and Sterling’s recent public contract refusal has been the focus of much speculation at Anfield heading into the summer.

QPR, likewise, have not enjoyed a controversy-free season and look certain of relegation come the end of the season despite a couple of good results of late.

Despite their predicament, it’s not been a complete disaster at Loftus Road for star winger Matt Phillips as his recent form has been a real highlight since the turn of the year.

  Goals per GameAssists per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Crosses per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Raheem Sterling 0.23 0.23 1.62 2.77 0.54 27.08 4 13
Matthew Phillips 0.18 0.64 2.64 2.64 2.64 16.36 7.09 11

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Wycombe Wanderers youngster has been excellent this season and compares favourably with Sterling.

The twice-capped Scottish international has only scored on two occasions this season, but his impressive seven assists in 2015 means he is among the league’s best per Premier league encounter.

A typically exciting winger blessed with decent pace, Phillips has produced more assists, accurate crosses, key passes and ball recoveries than his upcoming opponent this year.

Sterling has seen his form drop off in recent months and he only outperforms the QPR ace in three key areas in 2015, one of those being accurate passes, which isn’t surprising given the circumstances.

The Hoops would be in a far more perilous position without Phillips’ contributions, and if they are to get anything at Anfield on Saturday they will need their star player at the top of his game.

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