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:
|Position||Team||Total Scoring Att GAME||Total Att Assist GAME||Big Chance Created||Goals||Appearances||Mins Played|
|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.