Liverpool and Everton stars the Premier League’s best in key area last weekend

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Liverpool and Everton both picked up draws at the weekend.

Liverpool’s Emre Can and Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley topped the Premier League’s passing charts this past weekend as their respective sides both picked up a point.

Everton travelled to Carrow Road to take on a struggling Norwich City side, picking up just a point as the Toffees were pegged back following Romelu Lukaku’s early opener.

In their bid to find a winner, Roberto Martinez’s side dominated possession and probed for long periods with midfielder Cleverley instigating a number of attacks from deep.

  TeamAccurate PassesMins Played
Emre Can Liverpool 77 90
Tom Cleverley Everton 73 90
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 71 90

As seen by the table provided by Opta Stats, the England international recorded an impressive 77 accurate passes against the Canaries and his 92.4% success rate was the best on the pitch.

Cleverley was only making his sixth league start of the season as the former Manchester United star stepped in for regular midfielder James McCarthy alongside the evergreen Gareth Barry.

Only one player managed more passes than him over the course of the weekend, and that was Liverpool’s Can as the German featured heavily during his side’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

The Reds dominated possession for long spells against the Baggies, and after falling 2-1 behind in the second-half they were camped in the visitor’s half pushing for a late equaliser.

Can was influential throughout, posting 103 touches in total and recording four key passes.

With Lucas Leiva absent, the former Bayern Munich man was tasked with sitting in-front of the back four and providing a link between the defence and attack, a role he carried out superbly.

Liverpool ultimately only managed a draw with West Brom, but Can’s performance was one of a number of big pluses to take out of the game for Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff.

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