Stat attack: Advantage Man City against Liverpool

The numbers that you need at your fingertips as Manchester City host Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho is the man to watch for Liverpool.   -  REUTERS

The numbers that you need at your fingertips as Manchester City host Liverpool.

Players to look out for:

Liverpool: Liverpool’s talisman this season has undoubtedly been playmaker Phillipe Coutinho. The Brazilian is the club’s joint top-scorer with four goals, which includes the brace at Stamford Bridge. He also has two assists this season, just one behind James Milner. Manager Jurgen Klopp will look to a resurgent Coutinho, who has scored three goals in his last two games. These are as many as he managed in Brendan Rodgers’ last 18 games as manager.

Manchester City: With so many world-class players in their ranks, it will be difficult to single out one player for the home side. However, given the nature of the fixture and with Sergio Aguero doubtful and David Silva ruled out, all eyes will be on winger Raheem Sterling. The fact that he is facing his former side for the first time since the summer move will not be lost on the travelling supporters. Like his former teammate Coutinho, Sterling has four goals along with one assist.

Head-to-head

1) Liverpool have scored only two points in their last six Premier League games away to Manchester City (D2, L4).

2) Their previous victory at the Etihad Stadium was a 3-2 win in 2008, which also happens to be their only victory in their last nine league games away to City (D4, L4).

3) There have been at least three goals in each of the last six Premier League games between these sides – with a total of 23 goals scored.

4) Sergio Aguero has scored in all three of his league appearances against Liverpool at home.

5) Phillipe Coutinho matches Aguero’s tally with three goals in four appearances against City

6) Simon Mignolet has kept 13 clean sheets in the league in 2015, just one less than City’s Joe Hart.

Manchester City stats:

1) The home side has registered 12 wins from their last 13 league home games.

2) City have drawn two of their last three league games 0-0 after a run of 60 matches without a goalless draw.

3) City has allowed only 28 shots on target this season, while racking up 83 attempts on target themselves. Both figures are category bests this season.

Liverpool stats:

1) A win for Liverpool will see back-to-back away victories in the league for the first time since March.

2) Their record of 13 goals from their opening 12 matches is their joint-lowest at this stage of a Premier League season.

3) Klopp’s side’s chance conversion rate this season of 10.5 per cent is the worst in the league.

Form guide: Manchester City (DWDWW); Liverpool (LWDDD)

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