Ranking the top 5 central midfield duos in Premier League history


Premier League Has been awarded with many great talents over the years. While we have seen many top players play at all positions in the league, the midfield is arguably the most important part of a football team.

Football itself has evolved over the years. While all managers prior to 2010 preferred a 4-4-2 lineup, we have seen this change in recent times. We have seen many different formations since then: we have seen 3-5-2, 4-3-3 and the now popular 4-2-3-1. But the importance of the midfielder has not diminished.

These structures change depending on what talent managers have at their disposal. Fans have been lucky enough to see several top midfield pairings in the Premier League.

On that note, let’s take a look at the top five midfield pairings in Premier League history.


#5. Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard – Liverpool

Liverpool v West Ham Unitedliverpool, before Xabi Alonso eventually left for Real Madrid. While it must be said that the pair never won the Premier League together, the impact they left is beyond question.

Both the players were known for their excellent passing range and their unmistakable ability to spray long balls with inch-perfect accuracy.

The pair won the FA Cup in 2006, which is remembered among Liverpool fans as ‘The Gerrard Final’. However, his most impressive achievement was the UEFA Champions League victory in 2005.

In a game filled with nostalgia for Liverpool fans, both Gerrard and Alonso produced stellar performances to complete an incredible turnaround for their team. The victory cemented the pair’s legendary status.


#4. Michael Essian and Frank Lampard – Chelsea

Liverpool v ChelseaChelsea Fans consider themselves lucky to have seen Michael Asian and Frank Lampard play together.

Both Stamford Bridge legends, the pair spent nearly eight years together in the middle of Chelsea’s midfield. Frank Lampard was signed from West Ham in 2001, while Michael Asian joined from Lyon in 2005.

While Lampard was arguably the more influential figure, he was at his best when he teamed up with Essien. Lampard was a versatile midfielder who focused more on the attacking side of things, while Asian could often be seen making interceptions and cleaning things up behind.

The pair won several awards together, including two Premier League titles and four FA Cups. His most memorable achievement was a UEFA Champions League victory in 2012, when Chelsea beat Bayern on penalties to claim Europe’s top prize.

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