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Using EA SPORTS data, we have taken a look at the following data. Chelsea may not have got the result that they were after against Manchester United on Sunday, but one Blues player who featured in the match surpassed another rival to take his place at the top of the Premier League table in one particularly category.

It may not be a trait that he is particularly well known for, but after he completed 46 passes against the Red Devils, César Azpilicueta overtook Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson to become the player who has completed the most passes in the league this season, as data courtesy of EA SPORTS shows:

player Position Passes Attempted Passes Completed Passing Accuracy %
César Azpilicueta Defender 2028 1777 87.62%
Jordan Henderson Midfielder 2057 1767 85.90%
Paul Pogba Midfielder 2070 1763 85.17%
N’Golo Kanté Midfielder 1899 1686 88.78%
Ander Herrera Midfielder 1853 1629 87.91%
Granit Xhaka Midfielder 1793 1591 88.73%
David Silva Midfielder 1816 1590 87.56%
Fernandinho Midfielder 1759 1517 86.24%
Harry Arter Midfielder 1694 1483 87.54%
James Milner Midfielder 1847 1475 79.86%

 

As the above data shows, César Azpilicueta is now the top passer in the Premier League, having completed an impressive 1,777 passes so far this year. The feat is particularly impressive, when you consider that all other players in the top ten are traditionally classed as midfielders (though Liverpool’s James Milner has operated for much of the season at left back). The Latest suggest that César Azpilicueta will once again be the top passer next season.

The data above also shows that the Spaniard is not wasteful in possession, as his overall passing accuracy is better than both Henderson’s and Pogba’s, and of the top ten players who have co-+96+3.36

completed the most passes, he sits fourth when it comes to passing accuracy, having completed 87.62% of the passes that he’s attempted.

Player Position Passes Completed in Opposition Half Successful passes in opposition half %
Paul Pogba Midfielder 1191 82.54%
David Silva Midfielder 1168 86.07%
Mesut Özil Midfielder 1132 85.63%
Eden Hazard Midfielder 1033 83.44%
Granit Xhaka Midfielder 1027 86.52%
N’Golo Kanté Midfielder 996 87.68%
Christian Eriksen Midfielder 993 77.76%
Jordan Henderson Midfielder 987 81.17%
Ander Herrera Midfielder 985 84.40%
James Milner Midfielder 944 76.75%
Fernandinho Midfielder 930 83.48%
Kevin De Bruyne Midfielder 910 79.13%
Nathaniel Clyne Defender 880 81.41%
César Azpilicueta Defender 877 85.64%
Harry Arter Midfielder 841 84.44%
Mousa Dembélé Midfielder 835 91.96%
Roberto Firmino Forward 827 77.29%
Alexis Sánchez Forward 826 70.90%
Ross Barkley Midfielder 819 80.22%
Victor Wanyama Midfielder 796 84.41%

The above data shows that Azpilicueta still fares impressively when it comes to passes completed in the opposition half too, completing the fourteenth most passes of any player in the Premier League and the second most of any defender (behind Nathaniel Clyne).

What is particularly impressive though, is that of the above list, the former Marseille man has the fifth highest pass accuracy when it comes to passes in the opposition half, having completed 85.64% of the passes that he’s attempted – showing that he isn’t just thriving at passing the ball to his fellow defenders.

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.

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“Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

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Fernando Torres

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is supporting the Reds for the Premier League title. The Anfield club are unbeaten after 12 games and are a couple of points ahead of Chelsea after Sunday’s games.

Manchester City could leapfrog the Reds with a win over Manchester United, and Torres was speaking about his time playing for both Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Spaniard was exceptional for the Reds but joined Chelsea in 2011. Torres won numerous titles with the Blues but missed out on the Premier League title.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Atletico Madrid star added that he had a lot of fun playing for Liverpool.

“I have feelings for both of them. Liverpool was the best time in my career – I love the city, the supporters and the club.

“I am still in touch with them and they made me feel at home when I was there.”

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The Spaniard spoke about how he had a great time at Chelsea winning titles and hoped the Reds pick up the title this season as we have never picked up the Premier League crown.

“I know how important it is for Liverpool to win the Premier League.

“Hopefully they can win the Premier League and Chelsea can win it the year after.”

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims winning the Premier League could be considered as a success for Liverpool

This has been an incredible start to the season for the Reds, and hopefully, we can create history under Jurgen Klopp.

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Liverpool Remain Challengers but Reinforcements may be Needed

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Liverpool made a stunning start to the 2018/19 season with six straight Premier League wins, while the icing on the cake was a thrilling 3-2 Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain – a fantastic way to get the Reds’ European campaign up and running.

Elimination from the EFL Cup by Chelsea at Anfield, followed by a Premier League draw against the Blues just a few days later, made for a disappointing end to September. After the frustrating Champions League defeat at Napoli to start October, fans and pundits alike are wondering whether further signings are needed to strengthen the squad.

Despite hitting a few bumps in the road of late, Liverpool remain the outright betting favourites at  to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title at 9/4. The two met for the first time this season on Sunday, playing out a goalless draw which keeps the unbeaten pair together on 20 points with eight games played.

If the Reds don’t get back to winning ways, and quickly, questions will inevitably continue to be raised. Likewise, the gossip columns are already suggesting that despite an excellent summer of transfer activity, this squad still isn’t the finished article and additional reinforcements are needed, if the team is to genuinely challenge for silverware this season.

One potential transfer target doing the rounds again is Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, who was already linked in June and was even mentioned in the section of the official Liverpool website, after various outlets had published rumours suggesting he was destined for a move to Anfield.

Although no deal was eventually concluded before the summer transfer window slammed shut, 25-year-old Telles apparently remains a target thanks to his outstanding performances at FC Porto, consistently clocking up the highest for his team this season, both on the domestic front in the Portuguese league and in the Champions League.

Indeed, Telles produced a man-of-the-match display that will undoubtedly have interested , who were reportedly in attendance as FC Porto beat Galatasaray 1-0 in the Champions League, weighing up the possibility of making a €40 million swoop when the January transfer window opens.

Liverpool are hardly lacking when it comes to left-back options, though a move for Telles is regarded as one which will provide stiff competition for Andrew Robertson, who has been excellent since his arrival from Hull City in 2017.

James Milner showed great versatility to deputise last season in the same position, although he has since returned to playing in his more natural midfield roles. Meanwhile, Alberto Moreno has continued to see his opportunities diminish under Jurgen Klopp and hasn’t played a single minute this season.

As such, 26-year-old Moreno has already been tipped for a return to Spain, reports recently with interest in a January move that could revive his career, as they seek additional left-back cover for Jordi Alba. Such a move would undoubtedly pave the way for Liverpool to solidify their interest in FC Porto star Telles.

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Firmino to start: Liverpool’s 4-3-3 predicted XI to face Paris Saint-Germain

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Liverpool start their Champions League journey with a tough tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on Tuesday.

The Reds have won all their matches in the Premier League so far and will go into the game after a fantastic performance against Tottenham on Saturday.

Liverpool lead the Premier League standings but taking on PSG will be a different task. The French champions have a number of attacking outlets but we are blessed with talent all across the field.

Roberto Firmino did pick up an eye injury at Wembley and here is our predicted starting XI for the Reds.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian is a sure-shot starter for our first Champions League game of the season and he must maintain a clean sheet against PSG.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The English defender was great at Wembley and we should see him start ahead of Nathaniel Clyne as our right-back.

Joe Gomez (CB)

Gomez has formed a great partnership at the back with Virgil van Dijk and should keep his place in the team.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutch defender has been excellent from the first game of the season and going up against Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will be a true test of our defence.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson has been great and will face a major test against the French side on Tuesday.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

One of the goalscorers from Wembley, Wijnaldum must start for us as the Dutch midfielder has been excellent for us this term.

James Milner (CM)

Another player to have started brightly this season, Milner should keep his place in the team to face Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Naby Keita (CM)

The Guinean was guilty of a couple of misses in the 2-1 win over Tottenham but he must aim to score against PSG to make amends.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah was guilty of being extremely selfish against Tottenham but the Egyptian must do better on Tuesday.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian was poked in the eye by Jan Vertonghen and had to be subbed in the last game but he should return for the Reds at Anfield.

Read more: “Could be Alisson’s understudy in no time” – Some Liverpool fans excited with latest goalkeeper joining club

Sadio Mane (LW)

The Senegal attacker was another player who was selfish against Tottenham but played a role in Firmino’s goal on Saturday.

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