Barclays Premier League Matchday 25 Awards

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By The Soccer Department

 

Carter Donahue

Player of the Week:  Sadio Mane

In the biggest game of the week, Sadio Mane shined brightest, scoring two goals in a two-minute span to lift Liverpool over Tottenham.

“Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates one of his goals during his side’s 2-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday.” (Credit to Goal.com.)

Team Performance of the Week:  Liverpool

Liverpool came out firing as they scored twice in the opening 20 minutes against Tottenham. Liverpool would continue to dominate the game as they out-shot Spurs 17(9) to 7(2) and out-possessed them as well. Sadio Mane scored both goals as he lifted his team to an impressive 2-0 victory

Goal of the Week:  Joe Allen

As Mark Arnautovic got the ball at around half field, he played a long ball in the air that seemed to be hopeful at best. With the degree of difficulty for a good first touch very high, Ramadan Sobhi did, in fact, have a perfect first touch. Sobhi shielded off his defender and laid a ball off to Joe Allen, who was making a run into space. The pass and the finish were perfect as the fantastic buildup led to the game-winner for Stoke City.

Save of the Week:  Hugo Lloris

As Sadio Mane was looking to cap his great night off with a hat-trick, Lloris made an incredible near-post save with his left hand.

Team of the Week: 

GK: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

D: Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), D: James Milner (Liverpool), D: Gareth McAuley (West Brom)

M: Joe Allen (Stoke City), M: Juan Mata (Man United), M: Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), M: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham),

F: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), F: Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), F: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

 

Larry Henry

Player of the Week:  Manolo Gabbiadini

The Southampton striker has played extremely well since joining from Napoli. He has three goals in his first two matches, including two in the first half on Saturday at Sunderland. He has added another threat to Claude Puel’s side.

Photo Credit: Reuters

Team Performance of the Week:  Swansea City

Paul Clement has really turned Swansea around in the past few weeks, and he got to see them win again on Sunday. Defeating Leicester 2-0 puts Swansea in 15th, which is miles better than a few months ago.

Goal of the Week:  Alfie Mawson

The Swans defender struck home a sweet volley inside the box against Leicester on Sunday. He was able to control it and finish strongly which stood to be the winning goal.

Save of the Week:  Hugo Lloris

Was tough to pick one by the Spurs keeper made several stellar saves in a loss at Liverpool. He was Spurs’ best player and kept them alive in the match.

Team of the Week: 

GK: Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

D: Gareth McAuley (West Brom), D: Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), D: Bernardo (Middlesbrough)

M: Raheem Sterling (Man City), M: Joe Allen (Stoke City), M: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), M: Robbie Brady (Burnley)

F: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), F: Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), F: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

 

Robert Lopez

Player of the Week:  Sadio Mane

The man that Liverpool was missing is back and back with a bang. Mane returned to the lineup and managed to bag a brace against a very good Spurs defense. Scored the only goals of the match.

Team Performance of the Week:  Swansea City

The Swans continue to fly as they were victorious in a must-win game. It was an overall great performance by Swansea with their defenders providing the goal on the day. They made Leicester look even worse and got a clean sheet while doing it.

Goal of the Week: Alfie Mawson

The defender was by himself and pounced on Leicester for giving him room. Fernandez set him up with a header to the right of the penalty spot and Mawson let one rip. It was too much for Schmeichel as it was one of the nicest strikes of the season. Plus the goal came from a defender, adding value to the strike.

Save of the Week:  Hugo Lloris

Lloris made a near-post save to deny Mane of his hat-trick. The Senegalese fired a rocket at the post that forced Lloris to make a wonderful left-handed save to send it for a corner.

Team of the Week: 

GK: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

D: Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), D: Federico Fernandez (Swansea City), D: Martin Olsson (Swansea City)

M: Anthony Martial (Man United), M: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), M: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), M: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

F: Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), F: Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham), F: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)

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