3 Up, 3 Down: Featuring Manchester City and West Ham stars

3 Up, 3 Down: Featuring Manchester City and West Ham stars

For the second Premier League game week running we have a new leader. Liverpool’s draw with Southampton opened the door for Chelsea to take the lead after 12 games, which they duly did with a win over Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere there was a return for Yaya Toure, a draw between Manchester United and Arsenal, and a late, late win in a London derby from Harry Kane.

Jermain Defoe joined an elusive club in a win for Sunderland, who moved further ahead of struggling Swansea, denied late on by Everton. There was more misery for champions Leicester who were beaten at Watford, whilst Bournemouth picked up their first away win of the season at Everton.

Here are 3 of the best and 3 of the worst from gameweek 12:

Up: Virgil van Dijk

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When Liverpool come to town, you need to be at the top of your game, and Virgil van Dijk was on Saturday afternoon.

Ably assisted by Southampton’s brilliant defence, van Dijk dominated the Reds attack with some intelligent positioning, strong aerial presence and a fabulous block from Sadio Mane. Liverpool still created a couple of chances, but van Dijk limited their impact massively.

He may have been lucky not to give away a crucial foul at the start of the second half for a tug on Firmino, but that one blemish should not detract from an excellent display.

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