Former Liverpool star says he would have David Silva over Philippe Coutinho

Is Manchester City’s David Silva better than Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho?

Former Liverpool star Steve McManaman says David Silva is better than Phillippe Coutinho and attributes the Manchester City ace’s consistency as his reasoning, he told the Fletch and Sav show on BT Sport.

The two playmakers have been outstanding players for their respective side and many Premier League observers would consider them to be among the league’s best at what they do.

In recent weeks, Coutinho seems to have taken his game to another level under Jurgen Klopp and the Brazilian was instrumental in helping his side defeat Chelsea and City away from home.

However, the Reds ace is susceptible to a lack of consistency and for this reason former player Steve McManaman told the Fletch and Sav show that City’s Spanish playmaker has the edge.

“He [Coutinho] is playing really well but David Silva is just superb,” McManaman said. "Coutinho is getting nearer, of course, because he is still young but Silva has done it for years and years. He is a superstar.”

  Goals per GameAssists per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameAppearances
Philippe Coutinho 0.42 0.25 4.58 1.42 2.17 62.92 33.08 12
David Silva 0.2 1.2 1.8 3.4 1.6 89.8 61.6 5

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the two players post similar results over a number of key attacking categories, but Silva ultimately comes out on top in the majority.

The former Valencia ace averages more assists, key passes, touches and accurate passes per match.

Silva has been a big miss for City this season, with his absence coinciding with defeats to Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and of course Liverpool last weekend.

Coutinho averages more goals, shots and successful take-ons per Premier League encounter but he is yet to consistently control games in the same manner of which Silva is evidently capable of.

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