Manchester City and Liverpool both triumphed as they battle for the Premier League crown, but Burnley and Everton both won to keep their relegation prospects alive. Manchester City and Liverpool both triumphed as they battle for the Premier League crown, but Burnley and Everton both won to keep their relegation prospects alive.
Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Pickford maintained a clean sheet, but how? Everton’s goalkeeper produced two incredible saves to secure a critical win. He had to rush over his goal line before diving to stop Pele’s header in the 1970 World Cup.
Pickford, now enraged, extended himself to intercept a shot that would have knocked him out and placed others in the Royal Infirmary. England number one had a superb performance. Everton would have been in trouble if they had lost against Chelsea, and Pickford has saved Lampard’s side.
Defenders – Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Cristian Romero (Tottenham)
Nathan Ake – It wasn’t so much Nathan Ake’s goal that pleased me, but how he held off Pascal Struijk with his right arm before scoring. When Ake discovered the Leeds defender on the wrong side, he refused to let him return.
Van Dijk – Van Dijk had another good day at work. Liverpool produced an outstanding performance. Given the form of Newcastle, going to St James Park for a 12:30pm kick-off three days later and winning was fantastic.
Romero – The Argentine defender’s initial tackle sailed straight through Patson Daka, while his second challenge left Caglar Soyuncu reeling on the ground, with little compassion from referee Jon Moss.
Midfielders – Anthony Gordon (Everton), Naby Keita (Liverpool), Rodri (Manchester City), Josh Brownhill (Burnley)
Gordon – Everton deservedly won this game. Anthony Gordon was a key player. Last week against Liverpool, Gordon was unfortunate not to be in my squad, but after another outstanding performance against Chelsea, he couldn’t be missed.
Keita – James Milner’s push on Newcastle defender Fabian Schar resulted to Naby Keita’s brilliantly taken goal, which briefly put the Reds back on front.
Rodri – Phil Foden’s cross into the box for Manchester City’s opening goal against Leeds was superb. Foden found Rodri, who seems to be hitting the goal a lot lately.
Brownhill – Burnley player Brownhill’s goal in the final minutes of the contest against Watford was stunning. This is the best Burnley has played since joining the Premier League.
Forwards – Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Son – Even if Spurs return to the top four thanks to two goals from Son Heung-min, questions about Antonio Conte and Harry Kane’s futures will certainly resurface.
Gabriel Jesus – Pep Guardiola is one of the finest managers in the world, but he must keep playing Gabriel Jesus for the rest of the season and stop using this dreadful false nine formation.
Watkins – He made space, controlled the ball, and slammed it past Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Watkins has been a stalwart for Villa. I can’t blame Watkins’ work rate – sometimes his finishing needs fine-tuning, but not here. Danny Ings’ goal came after Watkins’ sliding tackle on Brandon Williams in Norwich’s own half. It clinched Villa’s victory and Norwich’s promotion.