Glen Johnson and Maxi Rodriguez scored for Liverpool in their victory over rivals Chelsea last weekend, both scoring their first Barclays Premier League goals of the season.
Johnson has been under pressure for the England right back slot from Kyle Walker and Micah Richards, and with Richards scoring and winning a penalty for Man City against Newcastle Johnson’s brilliant finish is a timely reminder of his talent. Johnson may have attempted just 12 tackles this season, but he has won 9 of them and also made 29 defensive contributions in total including 13 interceptions.
Dirk Kuyt was instrumental in Liverpool’s win against Chelsea and covered more ground than any other Liverpool player with 10,994 metres as Liverpool outran their rivals by 105,063 to 103,813 metres.
Liverpool now have the joint tightest defence in the league with Newcastle and Man City having conceded just 11 goals so far this season. Leiva Lucas has done more towards this than any other player, making a total of 64 defensive contributions across tackles, blocks, interceptions and clearances, followed by Charlie Adam with 54.
As well as completing 223 passes in his opponent’s half so far this season, Adam has made 20 interceptions and won 15 tackles, showing the defensive tenacity that started Liverpool’s sublime passing move for their first goal.
Suarez played a key part in a beautiful passing move to set up Maxi Rodriguez for Liverpool’s second goal, but may be disappointed in his own goals return this season. The Uruguayan striker has been incredible in build up play but got a return of just four goals from a massive fifty efforts at goal with 54% on target (a conversion rate of 8%)
City remain unbeaten after 3-1 win at Newcastle after Micah Richards starred scoring and winning a penalty. Richards is out to probe a point ahead of Euro 2012, and the defender is ranked 18h in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Richards has won 21 of 28 tackles attempted and also recorded an incredible 5 assists and 147 passes completed in his opponent’s area.
Balotelli and Aguero both scored penalties either side of half time, and City have three players now in the top ten goalscorers in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero in joint second with ten, and Mario Balotelli with six.
City also have two of the top five passers in David Silva in 3rd place (356 completed in opponents half) and Yaya Toure in 5th (333). David Silva has also contributed an amazing 7 assists, and 24 dribbles, this season.
Despite their dominance, Vincent Kompany has still had the opportunity to showcase some incredible defensive performances and has made 63 contributions in total across tackles, clearances, blocks and interceptions.