EPL Week 35: Frank Lampard, Romelu Lukaku and Star Performers for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (Image via LFC Official Facebook)

Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (Image via LFC Official Facebook)

With the Premier League title now decided, attention turns slightly southward in the top flight in terms of pivotal action.

As such, it’s from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion that this week’s biggest players all arrive. But who was their club’s man marvel this time around?

With fights still there to be won throughout the England’s top tier, the season is far from over with as much on the line as ever for some.

5. Samir Nasri

Only several weeks ago, Samir Nasri was criticised by manager Roberto Mancini for not putting his all into every match he played for City.

The Frenchman would appear to have taken heed of such words and will be on the Italian’s good side once again after providing both assists in City’s 2-1 win over West Ham United this past weekend.

Since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Arsenal in 2011, Nasri has gone through periods of biding his time on the sidelines, but continues to show glimpses of the form that originally earned him a big-money move to Manchester in the first place.

4. Frank Lampard

While speculation dictates that the midfielder still isn’t assured a future at Chelsea past this season, Frank Lampard proved this weekend that despite his age, he still deserves a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

The veteran was on hand to provide Oscar with a clever assist just before halftime before converting from the penalty spot in the second period to wrap up a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea City.

Bringing his tally to 13 goals for the season so far, Lampard’s worth in West London isn’t to be undermined, regardless of whether he’s 34 years old or not.

3. Jordan Henderson

Previously struggling to cope with the pressure of his £20 million price-tag, Jordan Henderson’s growth this season continued with a fine performance in the 6-0 win against Newcastle United, which saw him bag two goals for his troubles.

The youngster had an open goal put on a plate for him by Daniel Sturridge early in the first half before completing his brace with a long-range free-kick, which was admittedly fortunate to have found its way through a sea of players and inside Rob Elliot’s far post.

In addition, Henderson repaid Sturridge by setting up his fellow Englishman to bag Liverpool’s fourth.

2. Daniel Sturridge

The second of  two Liverpool players to feature on this week’s rundown, Daniel Sturridge showed Chelsea why he should have been handed more striking responsibilities at Stamford Bridge with a brace this weekend.

In the absence of Luis Suarez, Sturridge filled the striking void excellently, giving his midfielders a target capable of holding the ball up as well as handling attacking duties independently.

Sturridge unselfishly provided Jordan Henderson with the means to score and double Liverpool’s lead early in the first half. This was before Philippe Coutinho put Sturridge through on goal in the 54th-minute, the forward powering his drive past Rob Elliot with great confidence, before Henderson returned the favour by setting up Sturridge’s second of the game five minutes later.

1. Romelu Lukaku

The confident striking source that Chelsea appear to be lacking this season, a lot of people will be looking forward to seeing just what Romelu Lukaku can do at Stamford Bridge should he decide to stick with his parent club next term.

The Belgium international was involved in every goal during West Brom’s 3-0 win over Southampton, first rising high above the Saints’ defenders to ensure that Marc-Antoine Fortune could scrap home an early opener.

Fortune would then slice Mauricio Pochettino’s defence open with a perfectly weighted pass. But Lukaku still had a job to do against Artur Boruc, rounding the Polish stopper with apparent ease before slipping the ball into an open net.

Still just 19 years of age, Lukaku’s display was one of someone far more experienced. The teenager showed great strength to shrug off his marker before again cutting the Southampton defence to ribbons, this time slotting Shane Long through on goal, completing a resounding win for the Baggies.

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