Premier League Player Power Rankings: Gerrard, Sterling, Skrtel & Silva Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings, where we rank the top 10 in-form players in accordance with their recent form, performances and impact.
We've also lost several of our regulars due to injury or suspension, so prepare yourselves for a fresh look.
Honourable Mentions / Dropping out
Jordan Henderson received a straight red card on Sunday and will miss three of Liverpool's last four games. Daniel Sturridge underwhelmed for the third time in recent weeks and drops out as well.
Yaya Toure pulled his groin and will miss the rest of the season, while Eden Hazard played no part in the weekend's events. Both fall out.
James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku are finding form at the right time, while John Stones is improving with every game. Marko Arnautovic is pulling the strings for Stoke City and Hugo Rodallega has woken up as well.
10. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 6
Manchester United were scheduled to play Hull City this weekend, but the Tigers were involved in a thrilling FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley.
That sees the ailing Wayne Rooney drop from No. 6 to No. 10, and he'll need to pull up some trees in his next game to retain a spot—if he's even fit to play.
9. Adam Lallana, Southampton
Last Week: New!
The history books will show Southampton lost 1-0 to Cardiff City on Saturday, April 12, but it was yet another one of those games where Mauricio Pochettino can legitimately ask how on earth his side lost.
Adam Lallana had another excellent game despite being on the losing side, making up for his more anonymous showing at the Etihad Stadium the week before.
It will be important for him to maintain momentum ahead of the World Cup.
8. Steven Naismith, Everton
Last Week: New!
Steven Naismith has completed an impressive U-turn this campaign, going from scapegoat of the Everton fanbase to one of the most impressive late-season performers.
He's scored two key goals in the Toffees' last three games and played well again versus Sunderland on Saturday. He's a modest outlet and he knows it, but he has subscribed to Roberto Martinez's philosophy of moving the ball quickly and that commitment has paid off.
7. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur
Last Week: New!
Christian Eriksen has now done enough to show Tottenham Hotspur they should build a team around him this summer. His recent form has been absolutely scintillating.
He's managed four goals and three assists in the last four games he's played. The only fixture he failed to have an impact on was the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.
6. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
Last Week: New!
Raheem Sterling blitzed Manchester City on Sunday, proving he's a 90-minute player in the biggest of games and that Brendan Rodgers can rely upon him.
His rise to stardom has been meteoric, and there will be very few who believe themselves when they spout doubts over his credibility for a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad now.
5. Nemanja Matic, Chelsea
Last Week: 9
Nemanja Matic continued his excellent form by creating the only goal of the game against Swansea City on Sunday.
He fed a neat through-ball beyond the defence for Demba Ba to sweep home while simultaneously keeping things neat and tidy at the back.
His presence is crucial to the Blues, and that's been evident in their Champions League ties.
4. David Silva, Manchester City
Last Week: 4
David Silva tore Liverpool's defence to shreds in the second half on Sunday, bagging a clever brace and coming within a stud's length of sealing a hat-trick.
It mattered not, as Philippe Coutinho scored the winner in a 3-2 scoreline, but the Spaniard's individual showing—once James Milner had freed him up—was a joy to watch.
3. Martin Skrtel, Liverpool
Last Week: 3
Centre-back Martin Skrtel's headed goal against Manchester City took his tally for the season to seven—more than Aston Villa striking duo Andi Weimann (three) and Gabby Agbonlahor (three) combined.
Earlier in the year, he was a liability in his own box and presented a threat to his own teammates, but he's brushed up his defensive skill set and really hit form over the last eight weeks.
2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: 1
Luis Suarez had a quiet outing against Manchester City, but did lay on a glorious assist for Raheem Sterling to open the scoring.
He drifted wide to create space for others more often than not rather than bearing down on goal himself, and Gael Clichy had a really tough afternoon trying to halt him.
1. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Last Week: 2
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool's captain fantastic, played an incredible game of football on Sunday and broke down in tears following the final whistle.
As a defensive midfielder, he's been suspect this season, but he put aside all physical limitations to embark upon lung-busting runs to track runners and spur his side on after surrendering a two-goal lead.
Should the Reds win the title, his speech post-match in the player huddle will become a thing of legend.
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