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Premier League Team of the Week: Gerrard leads Liverpool

The weekend action saw the chasing pack gain ground on Chelsea, but the performance from the Liverpool captain against Manchester United stood out.


Just when you thought Jose Mourinho was steering Chelsea toward the Premier League title, one topsy-turvy weekend throws everything into chaos.

The Blues unexpectedly lost at Aston Villa, while there were vital wins for the chasing pack of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, meaning a few familiar faces are back in our Team of the Week.

We start at lowly Fulham though, where David Stockdale (4) produced a string of fine saves to give the Cottagers a platform on which to build from. Felix Magath's side beat Newcastle 1-0 thanks to Ashkan Dejagah's strike, but the German will feel indebted to his goalkeeper.

In front of Stockdale is another Fulham man: January signing John Heitinga (4). The Dutchman led by example at the heart of the defense, guiding the West Londoners to their first clean sheet in 10 games.

Also forming our three-man defense is the Arsenal duo of Per Mertesacker (4) and Laurent Koscielny (4), who were key for the Gunners as they defeated local rival Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

The German made a telling impact, prodding a dangerous cross away and wide from the onrushing Emmanuel Adebayor, while almost scoring at the other end with a sharp volley.

Koscielny had the unenviable task of marking an in-form Emmanuel Adebayor but stuck to his guns impressively as he guided the Togolese man down blind alleys rather than allowing him to thrive in dangerous spots.

Our four-man midfield is led by the captain of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard (4.5), who converted two of three penalties at Old Trafford in an outstanding 3-0 win. He is joined by teammate Jordan Henderson (4), who was heavily involved throughout.

Alongside Gerrard in the middle of midfield is Fabian Delph (4) of Aston Villa. Delph showed ingenuity to turn home the late winner against Chelsea with the inside of his heel.

Finally on the left of midfield is the little maestro: David Silva (4). With Vincent Kompany sent off, the onus fell on the big-game players to find a way to overcome Hull City, leading the playmaker to smash a 25-yard effort inside the near post. It got better as Silva slipped a perfectly weighted through ball to Edin Dzeko to seal the 2-0 rout in Hull.

Up front we turn back to Old Trafford, where Daniel Sturridge (4) picked up an assist while Luis Suarez (4) instictively pounced on a mishit shot to slot home Liverpool's 4.

The final selection goes to Peter Odemwingie (4) who helped himself to a double against West Ham. Though the first was a case of right place, right time, the second shook the net to the core as his rising near-post strike put the game out of reach for West Ham.

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