Premier League

Premier League Top Five, Round 15: Mane the best among four players from Liverpool and City

A high-quality list with the league's two best teams making up the majority.

 
8:00am on Friday 6th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Sadio Mané
W (L), F (C) - Liverpool - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.4
Dec 4, 2019
90Minutes played
1Goals
2Assists
3Total shots
12Final third passes
10Touches in box
6Ball recovered
38Touches

The Senegalese was on fire and at the heart of most of the good things Liverpool did in their 5-2 win over Everton on Wednesday, scoring one and assisting another two. He helped set the tone six minutes in by threading a through-pass for Divock Origi to slot home, before assisting Xherdan Shaqiri for the second with a similar pass. His individual goal was arguably the finish of the night (apart from Origi's wonderful touch and lob for the third) as he whipped an excellent strike into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box with his left foot to finish off a sweeping counter. He had 10 touches inside the Everton box in total, and made six ball recoveries which sums up his work rate.

Rodri
M, DM (C) - Man City - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Dec 3, 2019
1Goals
1Crosses
23Final third passes
9Duels won
12Ball recovered
93Passes completed
91Successfull passes %
119Touches

Rodri was, as always, Manchester City's pass master in the 4-1 win against Burnley, completing 93/102 balls to team-mates for a success rate of 91%. However, on this rare occasion he got on the scoresheet, too, and what a goal it was. The ball falls perfectly to the Spaniard on the edge of the area which allows him to cut across it to arrow a strike high into the roof of the net past the goalkeeper, who fails to react in time. He helped curb many potential Burnley attacks by making an outstanding 13 ball recoveries.

Bernardo Silva
W (R), M (C) - Man City - 25 yrs
90'
8.7
Dec 3, 2019
2Assists
2Total shots
4Crosses
34Final third passes
9Touches in box
3Ball recovered
54Passes completed
88Touches

While Rodri was City's pass master, Silva was the assist master as he set-up two of the goals on Tuesday for Gabriel Jesus and then Riyad Mahrez. For City's second, he typically drifts out to the right wing to receive possession and cut inside on to his left foot to swing a pin-point cross into the area for the Brazilian to score. His second assist was much more simple - just a sideways pass. He sent the third-most passes into the final third in the Premier League this midweek with 34, and competed 54 out of 61 passes. Three ball recoveries and three interceptions highlight his workrate, too.

Divock Origi
S (C), W (L) - Liverpool - 24 yrs
73'
8.6
Dec 4, 2019
73Minutes played
2Goals
3Total shots
6Final third passes
7Touches in box
7Duels won
70Successfull passes %
30Touches

Back to Liverpool, now, and Origi makes the list of best performances after his two-goal haul against Everton. His first came just six minutes in after a beautiful threaded pass from Mane which allowed him to run in behind and calmly take the ball around Jordan Pickford before slotting into the empty net. The Belgian's second, well, was absolutely glorious. After latching on to an outstanding over-the-top pass from Dejan Lovren with a perfect touch out of the air, he lobs a finish over Pickford all in the one movement. He actually only completed seven passes the entire game, but he was in the starting XI purely to finish the chances.

Ricardo Pereira
D (R) - Leicester City - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Dec 4, 2019
3Crosses
23Final third passes
5Dribbles
11Duels won
1Tackles won
5Ball recovered
3Clearances
1Big chances

Pereira has emerged as probably the best right-back in the country alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, and he impressed again in Leicester's win over Watford. He may not have directly contributed to the goals with an assist or a strike of his own, but was extremely professional at right-back. He sent 23 passes into the final third, completed five dribbles, and made five ball recoveries, two interceptions, and three clearances.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Marcus Rashford (8.5) was at his effervescent best against Tottenham, scoring two goals and generally being a nuisance to the Spurs defence with his pace and constant direct running into the box.

ROUND TO FORGET

No surprises here. Jordan Pickford's (3.9) poor season continued against Liverpool this week as he conceded five goals and failed to make A SINGLE save the entire game.

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