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Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina
Picking a goalkeeper wasn't too tricky, with Liverpool's Reina both the most frequent passer and the most accurate among Premier League stoppers.
He boasts the best passing accuracy (72 percent) of any top-flight goalkeeper, crucially averages the most passes per game, and one of the lowest long-ball percentages. While many goalkeepers blast the ball upfield, Reina is generally keen to patiently build from the back, which suits this team.
Right-Back: Bacary Sagna
This was the position that proved the most troublesome, with Sagna and Swansea's Angel Rangel both proving tough to separate.
In the end, Sagna prevailed, averaging more passes per appearance (60.7) than any other defender. His passing accuracy of 86 percent is also the second highest among full-backs, although he's the one outfield member of this squad to have passed slightly under 1,000 times, at 971.
Centre-Back: Chico Flores
Swansea's Chico Flores is a clear pick at centre-back. The Spaniard averages more passes per appearance (58.4) than any other centre-back this season and would have probably passed more than any other defender had he not been recently sidelined with injury.
His accuracy of 90 percent also ranks him alongside the very top passing defenders.
Centre-Back: Per Mertesacker
In terms of passing efficiency, perhaps surprisingly, no defender competes with Per Mertesacker's precision.
Of players with 1,000 passes this season, no defender can trump the Arsenal man's impressive 92 percent accuracy, with Chico the only defender to average more passes per game than the German (53.4).
Left-Back: Daniel Agger
Full-backs are not renowned for having the best passing games, and finding a worthy left-back proved quite troublesome.
The two with the best accuracy, Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra, simply haven't contributed enough to the passing game, averaging around 40 passes per game—good, but not elite in passing terms.
Therefore, a reshuffle was needed.
Martin Skrtel, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany are the only three defenders with marginally better passing accuracies than Daniel Agger's 89 percent, but none of them have passed more than the Liverpool man, and, crucially, he is the only one who can perform at left-back.