Head-to-Head: How do Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho match up?

Philippe Coutinho v Kevin De Bruyne: Head to Head: De Bruyne v Coutinho: 20151119

Manchester City and Liverpool lock horns in the Premier League this weekend, and these two players could be key to the outcome of the result.

Philippe Coutinho v Kevin De Bruyne: Head to Head: De Bruyne v Coutinho: 20151119

Manchester City take on Liverpool this weekend in the Premier League in what is sure to be an intriguing and entertaining contest.

The Reds will be looking for their first win at the Etihad Stadium in the league since 2008, while City will be aiming to retain their place at the top of the Premier League.

Ahead of this weekend's fixture we look at two players who could be pivotal to the outcome of the fixture. Manchester City's record signing Kevin De Bruyne has had an impressive start to life at Eastlands, while Philippe Coutinho remains an important part of the Liverpool set-up, even with a recent change in manager.

Both are expected to be huge players in the final third for their respective teams, whether that comes to scoring goals or creating chances, so here is how they compare: 

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring Att GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEBig Chance CreatedGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Philippe Coutinho MF Liverpool 4.73 1.27 1 4 11 931
Kevin De Bruyne MF Man City 2.13 3 3 3 8 650

We should also take into account here when De Bruyne arrived at Manchester City from Wolfsburg - after the fourth game of the Premier League season had played, so his strike rate of three goals from eight looks the more impressive than Philippe Coutinho's four from 11 - though three goals have come from his last two games so maybe he is hitting form at the right time for his side. 

One could add to De Bruyne being more clinicial than Coutinho given that the Brazilian has more than double the amount of scoring attempts per game than his opposite number - though others could say the Liverpool man is the more prominent threat. 

But certainly when it comes to laying on opportunities for teammates, De Bruyne seems to excel in this area having created more big chances, and attempted more than double the assists than Coutinho. 

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