Stats: Coutinho's getting all the praise - but Payet is matching him for form

Ahead of West Ham's trip to Liverpool, both creative forces have been in solid form.

Heading into this Saturday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and West Ham United, two creative playmakers have impressed for both sides.

Philippe Coutinho has been the subject of heavy praise so far after his winner against Stoke City and another eye-catching display at Arsenal.

But West Ham have a man of their own who has impressed just as much for the east London side in Dimitri Payet. Indeed, the Irons signed the Frenchman for £10.7 million this summer, according to the London Evening Standard, and he has made an easy transition to English football.

 This season Chances CreatedAccurate PassesFinal-Third PassesGoalsAssistsDribblesMinutes Played
Dimitri Payet 6 98 44 1 1 6 270
Philippe Coutinho 2 86 48 1 0 7 259

As Opta stats show, the West Ham playmaker has created more chances than his Liverpool counterpart and completed more passes, also registering an assist more than the Brazilian.

Both have scored one each, while Coutinho did hit the post against Arsenal. But, where the Liverpool man leads the way - dribbles, final-third passes, Payet isn't far behind.

In truth, both are very equal so far. Coutinho's brilliance has been clear at Anfield for some time - but he is finally showing signs that he could actually deliver some consistency, as well. The encouraging sign for the Hammers, however, is that their £10.7m man is matching the 23-year-old going into this weekend's clash. Long may the form of both continue.

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