Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

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Liverpool take on Crystal Palace at Anfield this weekend.

Liverpool host Crystal Palace this weekend in an encounter which will see a number of players attempt to end the season on a high following an indifferent past few weeks.

Alan Pardew’s side have long been safe from the threat of relegation and results reflect that, with four consecutive losses halting their previous excellent run of form.

The Reds, in contrast, have won just two of their last five matches as their top-four aspirations slipped away, causing somewhat of a lull around Anfield.

Still, with the wonderful Philippe Coutinho forever improving, the Kop have reason to be optimistic of a decent showing and subsequent three points against Palace in Saturday evening's clash.

  GoalsAssistsKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Passes per GameDefensive Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Philippe Coutinho 5 5 1.61 3.09 36.58 6.21 5.33 33
Wilfried Zaha 3 2 0.41 2.69 9.55 5.97 4.76 29

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Brazilian international has upped his game a notch this season and looks rather favourable in comparison to former Manchester United man Wilfried Zaha.

Aside from contributing more goals, Coutinho is evidently the more creative in the final third as he dominates the Eagles’ winger in assists, key passes and successful take-ons.

Moreover, the former Inter Milan star has garnered a reputation as a hard worker for the team, illustrated by his average 6.21 defensive duel winners and 5.33 ball recoveries per Premier League fixture.

During the Reds’ purple patch at the turn of the year, former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry wrote in the Sun that Coutinho was the Premier League’s star man, professing his admiration for the player.

The playmaker will want to end the campaign in high spirits, and putting in a dominant display and outclassing former United man Zaha will no doubt bring short-term joy to the Liverpool faithful.

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