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Premier League: Team of the week

It’s as you were at the top of the Premier League after Manchester City and Liverpool both won, whilst Chelsea will have been the happier of the sides having secured a 1-1 draw with top-four rivals Manchester United.

Here, in an attack minded 4-4-2, is the Football Faithful’s Team of the week…

Goalkeeper: Sergio Rico – Fulham

Three successive wins for Fulham, and three successive clean sheets for the division’s worst defence. Where has this Fulham team been all season? Already relegated, Scott Parker’s team seem to have thrived since their fate was sealed, but if they had performed like this all season they may have had a chance of survival.

Against a Cardiff side desperate for a win as they fight their own relegation battle, Fulham’s defence stood strong for a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage. Central to that was goalkeeper Rico, who kept the visitors at bay with eight saves.

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Right-Back: Ryan Fredericks – West Ham

Up against his former club, Fredericks shone as West Ham became the first team to win at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Having failed to make a league appearance before leaving Spurs, Fredericks has had to be patient for his opportunity in the Premier League but has proved a solid acquisition for West Ham since arriving from Fulham.

Blessed with pace, the full-back provided a constant outlet down the right for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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CENTRE-BACK: Issa Diop – West Ham

A towering display from West Ham’s young centre-back, who demonstrated just why the club were prepared to spend a then club-record £22m to bring the youngster to London last summer.

Against Spurs he made more blocks, clearances and interceptions than any of his teammates, and if the 22-year-old can continue to perform like this he will be linked with bigger clubs.

West Ham have been inconsistent this season, but the foundations for Manuel Pellegrini’s team are promising.

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Centre-Back: Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool

A deserving recipient of the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday night, Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk was at his imperious best in Friday’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

The Dutchman rarely looks flustered, and despite facing a Huddersfield attack that posed little threat the 27-year-old cruised through the contest.

Praised for helping transform Liverpool’s defence this season, Van Dijk’s passing range can often be overlooked, but he made more passes than any player during Friday’s clash.

Should Liverpool pip Manchester City to the title, few will have played as important a role as the authoritative Van Dijk.

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Left-Back: Andy Robertson – Liverpool

No defender has made more Premier League assists this season than Robertson’s 11, with the 26-year-old just two behind league leaders Ryan Fraser and Eden Hazard.

The Scotland captain has made the left-back position his own at Anfield, and produced another display of his superb delivery in Jurgen Klopp’s sides 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

A firm fan’s favourite, Robertson was rewarded for his performances this season by being named in the PFA Team of the Year.

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Right-Wing: Michail Antonio – West Ham

A menace to Tottenham’s defence all afternoon, the powerful wide man capped a fine performance with a superbly taken goal to earn Manuel Pellegrini’s side a surprise win.

In doing so, Antonio wrote his name in the history books as the first ever visiting player to score at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, whilst ending Spurs 100% record at their new ground.

The win was just West Ham’s third on the road this season, and if Pellegrini’s side can fix that record next season then Europe may not be too far away.

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Midfield: Youri Tielemans – Leicester

Brendan Rodgers has said Leicester will do all they can to keep the on-loan Tielemans in the Midlands, though the 21-year-old’s form will no doubt have attracted further suitors.

The Belgian international has made a huge impact since arriving from Monaco in January and netted his third goal for the Foxes in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Arsenal.

Tielemans is creative and has an eye for goal, whilst his flourishing partnership with James Maddison will have Leicester fans excited.

He’s unlikely to come cheap after his recent performances, but Rodgers is aware the youngster will be worth the fee.

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Midfield: James Maddison – Leicester

One of the signing’s of the season, Maddison has taken effortlessly to life in the Premier League and continues to be the creative fulcrum for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Against Arsenal, given more space as the visitors were reduced to 10 men, Maddison thrived with a series of clever flicks and tricks.

He provided the assist for Tielemans to head home the opener, his seventh of the league campaign.

Rodgers says he was attracted to Leicester by the potential of the side, and with youngsters such as Maddison he has reason to be excited.

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Left-wing: Eden Hazard – Chelsea

If this is goodbye, Eden Hazard is certainly enjoying his final games at Chelsea.

Hazard has said Chelsea must play in the Champions League every season, and the Belgian is certainly doing all he can to take them there.

Whether Hazard will still be at Stamford Bridge next season remains to be seen, but his potential departure to Real Madrid will almost certainly be a major loss to the Premier League.

Against Manchester United, the 28-year-old was superb, with his typical dribbling and close control causing problems all afternoon.

The 1-1 draw kept Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish alive, and should they eventually secure Champions League football their mercurial wide man will have played a major role.

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Forward: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

There are those that have suggested Mohamed Salah’s second season at Liverpool has been somewhat disappointing, yet with two games remaining the Egyptian is on the verge of retaining the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Two goals and an assist against Huddersfield took Salah to 21 league goals for the campaign, leaving him one clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and teammate Sadio Mane in the race to finish as the division’s top scorer.

After a mid-season dip Salah seems to be back to his best, and the 26-year-old will be a key figure as Jurgen Klopp’s side aim for both Champions League and Premier League success.

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Forward: Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Two more goals for Liverpool’s Senegalese forward, who was the width of the post from finishing with a hat-trick of headed efforts.

Mane has now hit 20 league goals for the first time in his career, and was a deserved inclusion in the PFA’s Team of the Year.

With two games remaining, Liverpool require a slip from Manchester City to claim the title, whilst they meet Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals this week.

Mane scored as Liverpool were beaten in last season’s final, though few would bet against the in-form forward firing Jurgen Klopp’s side to success this season.

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