Pogba’s firing, Manchester City trio is simply unstoppable and Liverpool’s midfield has given away the title advantage. Here are the top five midfielders after week 29:
With Manchester City taking the lead back in the title race, this list proves exactly why they have been better than Liverpool this season. The midfield is where the Citizens are winning all the battle while Klopp is struggling to find the perfect trio at the business end of a season.
5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United):
Paul Pogba had an average week in the Premier League compared to the high standards he has set for himself under OGS. The Frenchman was not at his best against Liverpool in the goalless draw with misplaced passes and lost duels. But he did well to provide Ashley Young with a beautiful and precise assist for United’s third goal against Crystal Palace. That’s 11 goals and 9 assists for those keeping the count. The World Cup winner again had an average outing against Southampton but Romelu Lukaku saved the day for the Red Devils in the end.
4. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool):
Do you know why Liverpool are “slipping” in the title race? Because despite having players at the top of goalkeeper, centre-back and wing-back rankings, there are a very few in-form Liverpool players in the midfield and attack right now. Gini Wijnaldum is one of them but with inconsistent performances. After controlling the midfield against Manchester United, the Dutchman was absolutely insignificant against Everton and even against Watford in the 5-0 victory. And that’s on the back of his exceptional game and a gem of a goal against Bournemouth – Talk about inconsistency!
3. David Silva (Manchester City):
He’s 33, he is supposed to be in the twilight of his career. But David Silva continues to be a midfield maestro for Manchester City and his last two performances were a proof of that. The Spaniard marshalled the midfield against West Ham as the Citizens kept 76% ball possession and even hit the woodwork in the 1-0 victory. And in the next game against Bournemouth, where City kept the ball with a ridiculous 82% possession, David Silva turned up with a Man of the Match performance and provided Riyad Maharez with an assist for the game’s only goal.
2. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City):
Bernanrdo Silva was starting to play more on the right side of the attack after Kevin De Bruyne settled in the team after an injury lay-off. But the Belgian is out with an injury once again and Pep will not be worried at all, given Bernanrdo’s performances this season. The Portuguese has scored 5 goals and has provided 6 assists in the Premier League but those stats can’t really explain his importance to the Citizens this season. This quote by Pep can: “For me, to drop Bernardo Silva right now is almost impossible. Right now it is Bernardo and 10 more players.”
1. Fernandinho (Manchester City):
The Brazilian missed both league games for Manchester City due to an injury. But unlike the first half of the season, Citizens were able to manage without him, placing Ilkay Gundogan in the heart of the midfield. Despite the injury, Bernardo Silva and David Silva will have to work really hard to take the first spot away from Fernandinho, given his spectacular season so far.