In Depth

Coutinho, Firmino, Hazard and Pogba in team of the week

Liverpool and Chelsea dominate this week's selection while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also earns a place

Liverpool strode to the top of the Premier League after a resounding win over Watford on a weekend when Arsenal and Manchester City could only draw.

Chelsea, who also enjoyed a big win over Everton on Saturday, are up into second. Spurs remain in fifth, five points behind Liverpool, after holding the Gunners to a 1-1 draw in the north London derby.

Manchester United returned to winning ways against Swansea, and although the result moves them up to sixth, level on 18 points with Everton, they are still eight points off the pace.

But who were the stars of the weekend's action? Here's The Week's pick of the experts' picks.

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)

Sunderland finally recorded their first win of the season when they beat Bournemouth on Saturday and Pickford was the star. "David Moyes has the 22-year-old to thank for the three points, after the youngster stopped several Cherries chances with some spectacular saves," says Metro.

Defence: Marcos Alonso, David Luiz (both Chelsea), Michael Dawson (Hull City)

The Chelsea defence was resolute on Saturday and kept a clean sheet while the forwards cut through the Toffees. Alonso proved he is "more than just a backup option", says the Daily Express. He scored one and impressed by "commanding the entire left flank". Alongside him Luiz impressed once again and "is rightly praised for sticking it to some of the critics who wrote him off on his return to the Premier League", says ESPN.

Hull were in desperate need of a result and they got one against Southampton. "If there was ever a day when you wanted your captain to step up to the plate for his team-mates and manager... this was it," says Garth Crooks of the BBC "Dawson did just that with both a commanding display at the back and the winning goal."

Midfield: Mousa Dembele (Spurs), Paul Pogba (Man United), Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino (both Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Spurs had Dembele to thank for taking a point home from the Emirates on Sunday. "Winning the penalty that Harry Kane scored was not the only impact the midfielder had, with the 29-year-old largely keeping Mesut Ozil quiet as well as driving his team forward," says Metro.

Pogba scored a wonderful volley to get United moving against Swansea, but that wasn't his only contribution, says Goal.com. "Pogba made a game-high 98 passes against Swansea, at a 95.9% completion rate," says the website.

Alan Smith of the Daily Telegraph picks out Coutinho as one of the stars of the weekend and Garth Crooks of the BBC agrees. "October's player of the month is playing so well at the moment it seems quite likely – after Liverpool's performance against Watford – he will receive November's award as well... Liverpool are riding high at the moment largely because of Coutinho's exploits."

His teammate and fellow Brazilian Firmino also makes the cut thanks to his "exceptional movement and awareness", according to Paul Mariner at ESPN. 

The final midfield berth goes to another attacking player, Hazard, the week's top Fantasy Premier League top scorer with 19 points. He scored twice and provided an assist in what was the "stand-out Premier League performance of the season", says the Express.

Attack: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United)

A third Liverpool attacker makes the cut as one of the forwards. "Mane netted with two of his three goal attempts against Watford, and was one of seven Liverpool players to create at least two chances," says Goal.com, while Garth Crooks of the BBC wonders if he could turn out to be the kind of player Luis Suarez was for the Reds.

The final spot in the team goes to Man Utd veteran Ibrahimovic. "It had been six Premier League games without a goal for the 35-year-old, and many had been calling for Jose Mourinho to drop the mercurial forward. However, that isn't how Zlatan works. Two goals later the Swede is back amongst it," says Metro.

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