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3 Up, 3 Down: Featuring Liverpool and Tottenham stars

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3 Up, 3 Down: Featuring Liverpool and Tottenham stars

Up: Kevin de Bruyne

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Many wondered how City would cope without Sergio Aguero in the derby, but the performance of this man made it very difficult to see what they were missing at all.

De Bruyne was brilliant in his first season in Manchester last season, and he showed just how vital he will be for Pep Guardiola this time around. He excelled in every aspect of the game, from passing to tracking back to the brilliant finish that put the Sky Blues 1-0 up.

The Belgian burst away from Daley Blind to score the opener, showing surprising pace, and was a post’s width from adding a second goal to his tally on two occasions.

De Bruyne is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, but won’t be for much longer on this evidence. He was mesmerising.

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Adam Lallana

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How do you celebrate scoring your first England goal and your club opening a magnificent new main stand at their stadium? Firing in a thunderbolt to put your side 3-1 ahead is one way to do it, as Adam Lallana would testify.

It wasn’t just the thunderous third goal that made Lallana stand out as Liverpool pulled Leicester apart in front of the expanded Anfield crowd, but his work rate. The former Southampton captain covered 13.7 km in the game, more than any other player in a Premier League game this season, showcasing his full range of talents and use to Jurgen Klopp.

There were concerns Lallana would be dropped when Liverpool brought in the extra attacking talent of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer. Not a chance on this form.

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Up: Son Heung Min

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It can’t be easy to play your best when there is so much talk around your future, but Son Heung Min did just that as Tottenham demolished Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Son has been linked with an exit from White Hart Lane, and has been unfairly branded as a flop by many for his injury strewn first season in England.

He proved all his doubters wrong on his first start of the season, instinctively touching in a first half cross to give Spurs the lead, before beautifully curling in a second to make the game safe for the North London side. They then ran out 4-0 winners after a brilliant performance.

Son showed just how good a player he can be at the weekend. Spurs would be foolish to get rid of him.

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