Football fans everywhere were treated to yet another thrilling weekend of Premier League action, with Manchester City and Liverpool playing out an enthralling, high-octane title showdown at the Etihad and earning a share of the spoils.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have done superbly to close the gap at the top of the table, having capitalised in the brief drips from an otherwise relentless City juggernaut, and earned a hard-fought point on Sunday thanks to Sadio Mane’s equaliser.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were able to bounce back in style from their shock defeat by Brentford and home setback at the hands of Real Madrid, as they beat Southampton 6-0 on the south coast – with Timo Werner even getting on the score sheet twice.
There were more twists in the race for fourth, too. Manchester United lost at struggling Everton, delivering a truly woeful performance in the process, while Arsenal were stunned at home by Brighton. That left the door open for Tottenham.
Brentford, Leicester, Norwich, Leeds and Newcastle also earned victories in the recent round of games, with top-flight fixtures now rapidly running out.
So, with all this in mind, meet your latest Top 10 of our Power Rankings…
Manchester City and Liverpool played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the top of the Premier League
LAST WEEK’S TOP 10
10) James Maddison (Leicester)
9) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
8) Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)
7) Ivan Toney (Brentford)
6) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
5) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
4) Joel Matip (Liverpool)
3) Christian Eriksen (Brentford)
2) Harry Kane (Tottenham)
1 (Virgil van Dijk)
10. Mason Mount (new entry)
A new haircut works wonders, just ask Mason Mount. With his cleaner trim and renewed confidence, the Chelsea midfielder helped his side put Southampton to the sword, having scored twice and posed a constant threat at St Mary’s.
The Blues had been crying out for a response after their two recent setbacks and left their supporters to travel back up to London with a smile on their face after hitting their opponents for six – with their clinical nature easing them to victory.
Mount was integral to many of their attacks and he was even on hand to put away two of them. His first saw him pick out the corner with a sublime effort from distance, before his second arose from him being in the perfect place to tuck in.
To cap off his sauntering display, he even notched an assist with a neat flick for Marcos Alonso’s opener, the goal which opened the floodgates.
Mason Mount scored twice for Chelsea in their emphatic 6-0 victory against Southampton
9. Sadio Mane (new entry)
He may have hauled Liverpool level at Manchester City without a flicker of emotion, but beneath the surface it is clear Sadio Mane is gunning for the league title.
His superb performance even came on his 30th birthday, but his thoughts were far away from celebrating the night away as he raced and harried across the Etihad turf.
The high lines on show from both teams, especially the visitors, enabled the forwards to take control of the game, and Mane was a constant presence when Liverpool looked to break forward and stun the current table toppers.
The smart finish beyond Ederson less than a minute into the second half was a reward for his hard work, and his quiet interventions this season are keeping his team firmly in the scrap for that glistening, coveted trophy.
Sadio Mane hit the leveller for Jurgen Klopp’s side, keeping them firmly in the title dogfight
8) Christian Eriksen (down five)
Thomas Frank found the perfect summary for Christian Eriksen’s impact at Brentford following their memorable 4-1 victory at Chelsea, saying: ‘You can always give it to Christian and he will find a solution.’
That result likely secured the club a spot in the Premier League for next season, and they have their wily playmaker to thank for his efforts in bringing an end to their alarming slump and reinvigorating them enough to get over the mark.
It came as little surprise, then, that Eriksen was pivotal again in the Bees’ victory over West Ham. Goals from Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney dispatched the Hammers, albeit a team visibly tired from their Europa League exploits.
Boss Frank has also said that Eriksen ‘looks like a player who is clearly enjoying his football’, and that was also evident in the capital. True to form, their new talisman was inch-perfect with his passing and stood out once again.
Christian Eriksen continued his superb comeback with Brentford in their win over West Ham
7. Dejan Kulusevski (up one)
Tottenham, to their immense credit, were able to transform a transfer window defeat into a standout victory in the winter.
They missed out on signing Luis Diaz from Porto, with the forward then joining Liverpool, and the pressure quickly ratcheted up on Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici to bring in the reinforcements that Antonio Conte had demanded.
Paratici, the master of contacts on the continent, turned to Dejan Kulusevski – and the rest, as they say, is history. He initially took his time to find his footing in England, but has now, alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, formed a lethal front three.
In the victory over Aston Villa, Spurs’ fourth win in a row, Kulusevski was stunning. His fleet-footed nature helped his side carve through the hosts, and he added to his goal tally at the start of the second half before teeing up Son for his hat-trick.
Dejan Kulusevski was on target again at Aston Villa and also turned to provider from scorer
6. Ivan Toney (up one)
It may be a rocky season for Ivan Toney off the pitch, in light of some questionable comments about his club, but there is no denying he is doing the business on it.
This season, he has scored 12 goals in the Premier League, and has 14 to his name from all competitions. Perhaps the most impressive facet to this is the manner in which the frontman has been able to find the back of the net.
A rock in the air, Toney is a nuisance for any defender, and he is also adept at holding up the ball and breaking in behind. That allows Brentford to build up attacks through him in any way they choose, and this is a key reason behind their survival.
His goal against West Ham was clinical. After teeing up Bryan Mbeumo for the opener, he picked up a pass from the same team-mate to fire home.
Brentford look to have sealed safety, and Ivan Toney continued a feel-good feeling with a goal
5. Virgil van Dijk (down four)
It is difficult for a defender to stand out in a game they have conceded two goals but, amid the flurry of drama, Virgil van Dijk impressed yet again for Liverpool.
Manchester City and the Reds put on a show in front of the watching millions at a relentless pace, and the man-made wall that is Van Dijk called upon all his years of experience to take control of the backline and their ludicrously high press.
His superb performance was encapsulated by one moment in the second half. Raheem Sterling was released one-on-one with the Holland stalwart but, despite all his trickery, was unable to find his way around him and into the box.
In the end, Van Dijk simply dispossessed Sterling nonchalantly, allowing the visitors to breathe again in their bid to remain in the hunt for the top-flight trophy.
Virgil van Dijk stood out in the frantic Etihad draw despite his backline shipping two goals
4. Bernardo Silva (new entry)
Despite seemingly slipping under the radar, Bernardo Silva was another player to deliver a sensational showing at the Etihad in the hectic midfield scuffle.
Every time City need to lean on him, the playmaker has stepped up to the plate, and his quick thinking from a free-kick helped them score their opener against Liverpool.
The hosts would also hand him off the ball when under pressure, and Silva would respond by bursting forward beyond several opponents to gain yards. There, he would spread play out or win a foul, allowing City to pause.
With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling perhaps taking centre stage more often that not, Silva has been forced to make do working away in the shadows. However, he was a delight to watch at the weekend and remains a stellar asset.
Bernardo Silva danced his way through Liverpool’s side and was integral for City once again
3. Kevin De Bruyne (up two)
What a magical performance it was from Kevin De Bruyne. Caught up in the heart of the fight, his cheeks flushed red, the superstar took control of the game and even opened the scoring, his powerful drive on five minutes flashing beyond Alisson.
That set the tone for his torment of Liverpool. Indeed, as the minutes flew by and the final whistle approached, the visitors adopted the crafty tactic of hauling down De Bruyne whenever they could, breaking up the clash into fits and starts.
City regularly shifted play out wide to exploit the open spaces vacated by the visitors’ advanced full backs and, once the ball was moved back inside, De Bruyne was often on hand to chance his arm at goal or shift on to a team-mate.
It was this metronomic nature that saw Jurgen Klopp’s side suffer, and the classy midfielder even came close to helping his team place one hand on the trophy. Unfortunately for him, however, Riyad Mahrez chipped over when played through.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the top-flight classic and was as creative as ever
2. Harry Kane (down one)
Despite failing to score for a third game running in the Premier League, Harry Kane stood out once again for Tottenham in their emphatic victory at Aston Villa.
The frontman, a perfect No 9 in an increasingly fluid system under Antonio Conte, was content to take a backseat in the Midlands, allowing Son Heung-min to score a hat-trick and fire the visitors into fourth place in the Premier League.
Kane picked up his eight and ninth assists of the season, with five of them coming inside his three-game run without a goal. One of his assists saw him meet a long ball in the air, glance behind him to spot Son’s run, and then feed him through perfectly.
Across the pitch, the centre forward registered three successful dribbles and won 14 duels, meaning Villa’s backline will be seeing Kane in their nightmares this week.
Harry Kane, despite not scoring once again, was on hand to tee up several goals in Spurs’ win
1) Son Heung-min (new entry)
A clinical hat-trick from Son Heung-min helped Tottenham move into the final Champions League spot and, with each of his strikes arrowing into the corner and underlining his position as one of the most clinical positions in the top-flight.
In fact, his trio saw him move into the club’s all-time top 10 goalscoring list, above fellow greats Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham.
His third goal, his 125th for Spurs, reinforced his importance to boss Antonio Conte, who will be well aware that he can call on his forward to step up with Harry Kane surprisingly not amongst the goals in recent weeks.
Willing to do the dirty work and always with a smile on his face, Son has provided the quality – and the positivity – that has helped Spurs piece together the excellent run of form which may see them pip Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United to fourth.
Son Heung-min stepped up instead of Harry Kane to net a hat-trick for an in-form Spurs outfit