Liverpool's Coutinho vs Southampton's Tadic analysis: Which playmaker comes out on top?

Liverpool host Ronald Koeman’s Southampton on Sunday.

Liverpool take on Southampton on Sunday in an intriguing clash which will see impressive playmakers Philippe Coutinho and Dusan Tadic go head-to-head.

Coutinho has had an indifferent start to the season, epitomised by his wonderful late winner against Stoke City and ensuing dismissal during the 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United.

Following Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool boss, many questions have been asked of the Brazil international and his potential role in a side now expected to press much higher.

Coutinho is rightly regarded as one of the best players in the Reds’ squad, but how do his performances this season compare with upcoming Southampton opponent Dusan Tadic?

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Dusan Tadic 2 2 1.63 3.25 1.13 48.25 19 8
Philippe Coutinho 1 2 4.88 1 1.75 65 34.25 8

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, both players come out on top in key attacking areas.

Tadic has been a wonderful addition to Southampton under boss Ronald Koeman, and his ability in the attacking third is evident by his contributions in such categories.

The Serbia international has contributed to more goals this season than Coutinho, while he also creates more chances via key passes per Premier League encounter.

On the other hand, Coutinho averages a whopping 4.88 shots per match while also bettering his upcoming rival in terms of successful take-ons, touches and, importantly, accurate passes.

Liverpool will arguably start the game as favourites, yet Klopp will have to balance his side well in order to counter the obvious threats of Southampton on the break.

The Saints defeated Chelsea 3-1 in their last away game, a just result following a performance full of energy, endeavour and attacking quality on the counter-attack.

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