Stats underline Philippe Coutinho’s growing importance to Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho has developed into a key player for Liverpool, especially since Raheem Sterling's exit
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has hit new heights in almost every attacking department following the £49m summer departure of Raheem Sterling, as this infographic from leading daily fantasy football site Football Fanager shows.
Ahead of the Reds’ trip to Manchester City this weekend, Coutinho is on course to more than double his goal tally of the last league season, scoring at a rate of 0.36 goals per game, compared to just 0.14 per game in 2014-15.
It’s also almost twice the strike rate of Sterling in his final season in a Liverpool shirt. The England man could only manage seven goals in 2014-15 at a rate of 0.20 per game.
With two assists in 11 appearances, Coutinho has also increased his assists per game rate by almost a third to 0.18 in 2015-16 from 0.14 last season.
He’s now just behind Sterling’s 2014-15 performance of seven assists at a rate of 0.20 per game.
Perhaps the most convincing statistic depicting the Brazilian’s confidence this season is the fact that he is making an average of 4.7 shots on goal per game – up from just 2.9 shots per game in the previous campaign.