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Who made the game and who flopped? Read our best performance ratings across Europe top leagues

The second week of competitive football in the new year produced mouthwatering performances across the European top leagues.

In the EPL, Pep Guardiola's City were put to the sword at Anfield after 22 games unbeaten run while Barcelona continued with a resilient performance that earned them another win after conceding two goals against Real Sociedad.

We assess and rate the best football team, the players or coaches who made the team and the ones who flopped.

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is the first name on our list this week. The German did not only prove he could match the scintillating attacking football played by Man City but also showed tactical class to topple Guardiola in the EPL second leg tie at Anfield.

Liverpool currently third in the EPL

Klopp's Liverpool were a joy to watch against the dominant City flyers. His team was set up to play an attacking game with swift flowing passes adding more glamour to the high pressing strategy adopted by the former Dortmund manager.

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With Liverpool ending City's 22 games unbeaten run in a 4-3 cracker, Klopp now holds a better head-to-head record to Guardiola. The Liverpool boss has now won 6 games, drawn 1 and lost 5 in 12 head-to-head encounters with Guardiola.

Rating: 9/10

Mohammed Salah

It is difficult to pick only one player from the Liverpool side that toppled City this week with Klopp's attacking line of Mane, Firmino and Oxlade Chamberlain putting up a decent shift up front, however, Mo Salah is the second name on our list today.

Salah has scored 18 goes this season

The Egyptian has continued a fine scoring form since his move to Liverpool. He has now scored 18 goals with a 94mins per goal ratio of 1648mins played, putting his name in the EPL top scorers chart and a firm contender of the PFA player of the year award.

Salah's deft lob to score his side's fourth goal against City capped a fine performance of the night and proved vital as Liverpool beat City 4-3.

Rating: 8/10

Luis Suarez

Football players don't often score two goals and assist another goal in a game, but that was the magic performed by Luis Suarez in the 2-4 win over Real Sociedad this week.

With Barcelona trailing the game by two goals after 35 minutes of play in the first half, Suarez was there to gift his Barcelona teammates the much needed boost to come out tops in the Real Sociedad encounter.

Suarez is in fine form for Barcelona

The former Liverpool accurate cross to find Paulinho, whom had timed his run into the Real Sociedad penalty area to score the opening goal for Barcelona, set the tune for a memory comeback in the game before finding the net in the 50th and 71st minutes of the game.

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Suarez goals had proved decisive as Barcelona extended their La Liga lead by nine points.

The Uruguayan is living up to the expectations as one of the best strikers in the world after scoring 11 goals in his last 11 games this season. Lethal!

Rating: 9/10

Angel Di Maria

There is one thing with being a leader in any team and that is standing up to be counted when it matters. Angel Di Maria did just that at the time PSG were without the injured most expensive football player in the world, Neymar.

Angel Di Maria, unfazed by the arrival of Neymar and Mbappe, scored a crucial solitary goal in the win over Nantes to extend PSG's lead of Ligue I by 11 points.

Rating: 8


A dominant display by Jurgen Klopp's side to end City's unbeaten run in a 4-3 win makes Liverpool our team of the week. Keep it up, Kops!


Bakayoko's performance against Leceister City in the EPL was not one many Chelsea fans would hope to see in the future and the player knows that.

With Frank Lampard questioning the Frenchman's confidence and the ability to protect the back-four, he must improve his game going forward after a dismal performance against Leceister City at Stamford Bridge.

Until the moment the Foxes' left back, Chilwell, was sent off for a second bookable offense, Bakayoko struggle in the middle of the pack. The Frenchman had no answers to Mahrez's marauding attack and was caught out of position often. Worst still, he misplaced vital passes.

Overall, Bakayoko flopped.

Rating: 4/10

Real Madrid

There are questions asked of the La Liga giants this season. The prominent one is: What has gone wrong with Zidane's Galatico's?

Madrid are 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga

The questions are even echoing louder and harder with Villarreal first-ever win away at Real Madrid as Pablo Fornals late strike stunned Zidane's men.

Madrid's Toni Kroos had reportedly accepted that his side are in a fight to qualify for champion's league football next season.

Barcelona established a 19 point lead over Madrid with the 2-4 comeback win at Real Sociedad.

The La Liga champions flopped.

Rating: 5/10

Does these players and teams make your top performers for this week? Please, share your thoughts.

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