Premier League Player Power Rankings: Sterling, Suarez & Naismith Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings, where we rank the top 10 performers in the division based on the last three-four domestic showings.
We've got a new No. 1 as, despite leading Liverpool mentally and spiritually, Steven Gerrard underwhelmed on the pitch. There's one new addition to the lineup as Wayne Rooney dropped out, and a number of impressive performers fell just short.
See if you agree with our ratings; if not, give us yours in the comments below!
Dropping out / Honourable Mentions
Wayne Rooney turned in a poor showing and rightly drops from our top 10. He didn't play the week before due to Manchester United's match vs. Hull City being postponed.
Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie and most of the Crystal Palace lot are playing superbly. Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Podolski, both of Arsenal, have turned in consecutive excellent showings.
Harry Kane has shocked us all with some very strong, very promising performances, and Wilfried Bony is keeping Swansea City alive.
10. Adam Lallana, Southampton
Last Week: 9
Adam Lallana showed some great touches and wonderful technique at Villa Park on Saturday, proving again why he's so highly valued and so—to put it bluntly—un-English in his approach.
But he couldn't impact the score as Southampton drew a frustrating blank, and for once he looked to be suffering a little confidence-wise in and around the penalty box.
9. James McCarthy, Everton
Last Week: New!
James McCarthy was branded a panic buy at the end of last summer, with Roberto Martinez moving rapidly to secure him in the wake of Marouane Fellaini's departure.
Well, this is one hell of a panic buy, isn't it? The Irishman has been one of Everton's key players this season, consistently locks down the midfield and keeps it very tidy on the deck.
He was brilliant, again, against Manchester United.
8. Nemanja Matic, Chelsea
Last Week: 5
There were several Chelsea players who did not perform on Saturday against Sunderland, but Nemanja Matic was largely faultless in his showing.
The Serbian midfielder continued to play as we've come to expect, smoothly moving the ball through midfield and tracking runners very well.
Still, with those around him excelling, he drops.
7. Steven Naismith, Everton
Last Week: 8
Steven Naismith was in excellent form once again on Sunday, linking Everton's attacks together very quickly and working hard off the ball.
The Toffees adopted quick counter-attacks as their primary method of moving forward, and the Scot acted as an effective conduit in moving the ball from defensive to attacking lines.
6. David Silva, Manchester City
Last Week: 4
David Silva played a neat role in Manchester City's win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night: not productive, as such, but far from poor either.
He drops as it was his free-kick mix-up with Pablo Zabaleta that allowed Graham Dorrans to score a counter-attacking goal, but we forgive him as the finish was an absolute joy to watch.
The Spaniard left on a stretcher in serious pain.
5. Martin Skrtel, Liverpool
Last Week: 3
Martin Skrtel struggled under prolonged periods of pressure from Norwich City this weekend and, for a change, failed to have an impact in the opposing box.
He made several key headers when clearing from corners and was let down badly by his goalkeeper for Norwich's opening strike, but it wasn't 100 per cent convincing from the Slovakian.
4. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur
Last Week: 7
Christian Eriksen ripped yet another team to shreds this weekend, putting Fulham's defensive structures to the sword with some classic, whipped deliveries from set pieces.
He finished the day on two assists to confirm another strong afternoon's work, and it's becoming clearer and clearer the Dane is a truly special, creative talent.
3. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Last Week: 1
Steven Gerrard played like a man possessed last week, but despite his own efforts to gee his side up for another big game at Norwich City, his influence faltered on Sunday.
He wasn't awful, but he didn't enjoy the best of games either. Whether it was the chopped and changed midfield selection or the loss of Jordan Henderson isn't clear, but Gerrard will hope to have more of a say against Chelsea.
2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: 2
Luis Suarez continued his incredible record against Norwich City by slotting home an easy finish to double Liverpool's lead at Carrow Road on Sunday.
His influence waned as the game went on, but his early strike did the damage, ensuring the Canaries had too much to do in too little time to stage an efficient comeback.
1. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
Last Week: 6
Raheem Sterling was Liverpool's match-winner on Sunday, scoring two sublime goals to lead them past the stern challenge of Norwich City.
His first was a bullet from outside the box, his second the product of a weaving 50-yard dribble starting inside his own half. At this stage of the season, when the pressure is on, Sterling is coming up big.