Liverpool duo and surprise Newcastle star in European XI of the year

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Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were accompanied by Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy in’s statistical European XI of the year.

Following the final domestic matches across Europe’s top leagues, famed statistical website has produced its European XI of the year based on the highest average score for each position.

From the Premier League, Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard made the cut whilst there was a surprise inclusion for Newcastle United star Mathieu Debuchy in the right-back spot.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the obvious choice for striker, as he netted an incredible 8.4 average rating for the season, the highest in Europe alongside Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Uruguayan international had a lethal season for the Reds, scoring 31 goals and assisting a further 12 in 33 Premier League starts – contributing to a goal on average every 69 minutes.

The second Liverpool player to make the European XI was midfield general Steven Gerrard with an average rating of 7.7, despite playing the majority of the season in an unfamiliar deeper role.

As a result of the injury to Lucas Leiva, Gerrard played further back but still contributed greatly as an attacking force, scoring 13 goals and assisting a further 13 - becoming part of an elite midfield group to reach double figure in both goals and assists.

The final Premier League participant is Newcastle United’s French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy. The 28-year-old former Lille star joined the Magpies in January 2013 for a reported £5.5m, and his first full season in England has proven to be a massive success.

The Newcastle United star’s average rating of 7.4 is the highest for any right-back in Europe’s top five leagues, with his impressive total of 69 interceptions and 138 clearances pushing his rating up.

Surprisingly, Debuchy’s average score beat the likes of Dani Alves, Philipp Lahm and Pablo Zabaleta, and his excellent season has been rewarded with a spot in France’s World Cup squad this summer.

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