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Premier League Team of the Week - Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 25, including Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool sent more records tumbling on their relentless procession towards a 19th title this weekend, beating Southampton 4-0 on Saturday to open up an unprecedented 22-point lead at the top of the table.

It is the biggest advantage any English top-flight team has ever had at the end of the day, and it remained intact at the end of the weekend too as 10-man Manchester City fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

That result saw Spurs close the gap on the Champions League places after Leicester City and Chelsea had played out a 2-2 draw in the battle between third and fourth, while Sheffield United are now next in line courtesy of their win over Crystal Palace.

Manchester United and Arsenal were both involved in drab goalless draws against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley respectively, while at the bottom of the table Bournemouth registered a crucial 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

West Ham United and Watford now sit in the relegation zone after both sides squandered two-goal leads against Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton respectively, and Norwich City's stalemate with Newcastle United leaves them seven points adrift of safety.

Here, Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 25.



PL TOTW GW25

VAR threatened to steal the show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when a penalty was awarded two minutes after the incident, only for Hugo Lloris to keep out Ilkay Gundogan's spot kick. The Spurs skipper was then spared by the video assistant amid calls for another penalty seconds later, and those incidents proved crucial to Tottenham going on to get the win.

The penalty save was one of five stops made by Lloris en route to a clean sheet, which is enough for him to beat Tim Krul to a place in this week's XI.

In front of him is the rarity of a centre-back partnership made up of players who both scored braces this weekend. Antonio Rudiger's two headers earned Chelsea a point at Leicester, while Yerry Mina scored his two goals in first-half stoppage time to spark a dramatic Everton comeback which eventually saw them net a last-minute winner.

James Tarkowski, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake and John Egan all deserve mentions at centre-back too, and there was certainly more competition in the middle than there was out wide, where Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Japhet Tanganga get the nods, the latter just ahead of Ben Chilwell.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has thrust himself into contention for player of the year in the last month or so, putting in a string of performances which epitomise why his side have been so unstoppable this season. Henderson helped himself to another goal and assist during the 4-0 win over Southampton.

Joining Henderson in midfield is Philip Billing, whose opening goal for Bournemouth against Aston Villa capped an all-round performance which also saw him win eight aerial duels and seven tackles.

Bournemouth's win lifted them ahead of West Ham, but that could have been different had the Hammers held on to their two-goal lead. The collapse came in spite of the best efforts of Robert Snodgrass, though, with the winger creating the first goal before scoring twice himself.

Spurs debutant Steven Bergwijn, Son Heung-min, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryan Fraser were all in contention in the wide positions, while the number 10 role had plenty of competition too with Pascal Gross, Giovani Lo Celso and Youri Tielemans considered.

However, Mason Mount's two assists for Chelsea against Leicester earn him the nod in the front three alongside Mohamed Salah, who added two more goals to his tally to round off a second-half rout at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino did not get on the scoresheet himself in that match, but he once again outlined his importance to the team with a hat-trick of assists, setting up each of Liverpool's goalscorers.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

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