After yet another hugely entertaining weekend of Premier League action, it’s time to find out who performed well enough to make it into The Football Faithful’s Team of the Week.
We’ve gone with a uber attacking 3-4-3 formation that screams pace and creativity…
Goalkeeper: Alisson – Liverpool
A 17th clean sheet of the season for Brazil’s number one, who’s summer signing has made a huge difference to Liverpool’s defensive solidity.
Alisson hasn’t been without fault this season, but there is no doubt the presence he has brought to the backline for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Against Chelsea, the 26-year-old made five saves, including a vital one from close range to stop the in-form Eden Hazard.
They say you can’t win anything without a top goalkeeper, thankfully for Liverpool fans they now have one.
Defence: Fabian Schar – Newcastle
For the majority of his reign at Newcastle, Rafael Benitez has had his hands tied regarding player recruitment.
Fortunately, the Spaniard has often been able to find bargain signings, and in Swiss defender Schar he has found another. Signed for just £3m following Deportivo La Coruna’s relegation from La Liga, the centre-back has gradually grown in stature during his debut season in English football.
Schar excelled in Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Leicester, which all but assured safety. The 27-year-old brought the ball out of defence superbly in typical fashion, whilst not neglecting his defensive duties with several interceptions.
Defence: Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool
The Dutchman has rightly been lavished with plaudits this season, and the defender showed his importance to Liverpool with another strong showing in their 2-0 win over Chelsea.
The 27-year-old is a towering presence at the back, and rarely looks flustered when under pressure. He began the day with the prospect of the in-form Eden Hazard playing centrally, before equally adapting to the robust nature of substitute Gonzalo Higuain.
Another clean sheet followed, whilst Van Dijk showcased his passing range with a pinpoint cross-field ball to assist Mohamed Salah’s goal. Few would bet against Van Dijk claiming the Player of the Year award.
Defence: Nathan Ake – Bournemouth
Bournemouth’s fluid attack featuring the likes of Ryan Fraser, David Brooks and Callum Wilson is rightly praised, though Ake’s contribution in defence can often be mistakenly overlooked.
Since arriving from Chelsea, the Dutch defender has shone for Eddie Howe’s side, and showcased his talents with another commanding display in the impressive 5-0 win at Brighton.
Comfortable on the ball and solid in his defensive duties, the 24-year-old Ake has unsurprisingly been linked with a move back to one of the Premier League‘s leading clubs.
Midfield: Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
The Liverpool captain has hit form at just the right time for Jurgen Klopp’s side, thriving in a new advanced position.
Henderson made a huge impact last week as a substitute against Southampton, and produced a man of the match display in the win over Chelsea.
Full of bite, energy and drive, the 28-year-old produced a superb cross for Sadio Mane to head home the opener at Anfield.
Henderson was crucially suspended as Liverpool approached the run-in on their title challenge five years ago, and will be hoping to make amends this season.
Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Its quite remarkable to think that Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course for an unprecedented ‘quadruple’ of major trophies, and have been missing arguably their most influential player for the majority of the season.
Belgian international De Bruyne is finally rediscovering the form which made him one of the stand out players in the Premier League last season, and was a level above Crystal Palace during City’s 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.
Unstoppable at his best, De Bruyne provided two assists, demonstrating the passing range which makes him one of the world’s finest playmakers.
Midfield: Nathan Redmond – Southampton
Few players have been as revitalised under Ralph Hasenhuttl’s reign at Southampton as Nathan Redmond.
The Austrian is getting the best from the winger, with Redmond netting a well-taken brace in Southampton’s 3-1 win over Wolves this weekend.
Redmond’s form has helped guide Southampton away from danger, and if the in-form 25-year-old can maintain this form international recognition may not be far away.
Redmond has one friendly cap for England though the Republic of Ireland are believed to be interested in persuading Redmond, who has an Irish mother, to change allegiances.
Midfield: Lucas Moura – Tottenham
With Harry Kane and Dele Alli injured, and Son Heung-Min rested on the bench, Spurs needed one of their attacking players to step up and Brazilian Moura delivered.
The winger was in sensational form in the 4-0 thrashing of relegated Huddersfield, scoring his first hat-trick in European football.
Moura’s finishes were emphatic, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping the 26-year-old can take this form into Wednesday night’s huge Champions League quarter-final second leg with Manchester City.
Forward: Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
Is there a player more important to Manchester City than Sterling?
The England international was at his best once again at Crystal Palace, scoring twice to take his tally to 17 league goals for the season.
The forward is widely being tipped to be crowned Player of the Year, with Sky Sports Graeme Souness stating he believes Sterling would be a deserving winner after a sensational season.
City boss Pep Guardiola tends to rotate his side heavily, though Sterling remains an ever-present.
That, in itself, speaks volumes.
Forward: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
After a difficult spell, Mohamed Salah seems to be getting back to his best at just the right time for Liverpool.
After a solo run and goal at Southampton last weekend, the Egyptian went one better in the 2-0 win over Chelsea with a stunning drive from distance which left goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga clutching at thin air.
Salah is now level with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as the division’s leading scorer with 19 goals, and is looking to claim back-to-back Golden Boot accolades.
Sunday’s win moved Liverpool back to the top, and with just four games to go Salah’s goals could keep them there.
Forward: Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
A goal and two assists for the England international, as Bournemouth moved clear of danger with a thumping 5-0 win at 10-man Brighton.
Wilson and teammate Ryan Fraser have now combined for a record 10 Premier League goals this season, with the duo’s contribution vital to the success of Eddie Howe’s side.
With Harry Kane suffering a serious ankle injury and a doubt for England’s Nations League semi-finals with the Netherlands, a strong end to the season could see Wilson in line to fill the void as Gareth Southgate’s number nine.