Liverpools full-backs, the beating hearts of Chelsea and Sheffield United and an evergreen striker feature in our leading XI
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)
The biggest compliment that can be paid to the Leicester goalkeeper is that he has gone unnoticed this season. The 33-year-old has kept goal with quiet authority as Leicesters defence has become the stingiest in the league, conceding only eight times. Ederson might have been a more obvious choice but the Brazilian has not been as assured for Manchester City this season. Schmeichel has been error-free and solid with his distribution. An honourable mention should go to Ben Foster who has made some wonderful stops while being overworked at Watford.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
He entered the Guinness Book of Records for his 12 league assists last season and has continued where he left off. He can sometimes be caught out positionally but his bravery in possession and speed of thought are what sets him apart as the most modern of right-backs. His cross-field pass with his unfavoured left foot to begin a move that led to Liverpools second goal against Manchester City was something you would expect from a midfield creator, not a full-back. His picture-perfect finish against Chelsea showed he now has the confidence to add goals to his game, too.