The midfield is where football is won, especially in a physical, technical league like the Premier League, where it is essential to have a variety of skills in the starting lineup.
The Premier League is currently the best domestic league in terms of quality, with teams adding players to their squads in response to the pandemic.
On that note, we look at the 5 best midfield partnerships in the Premier League (2021).
Liverpool depends on Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to get results, and although they aren't the most glamorous players, they deliver.
The Brazil international joined Liverpool from AS Monaco for £40.5 million last year and is considered one of the league's best defensive midfielders. Henderson and Fabinho often worked together at the center of the defense last season.
Liverpool has won Champions League and Premier League titles under Jurgen Klopp, and both Fabinho and Henderson played 51 Premier League games together last season.
Number 4 Declan Rice - Tomas Soucek (West Ham United)
As a result of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek's performances, David Moyes has made West Ham United a fun side to watch these days.
The England international has emerged as the ideal replacement for Hammers legend Mark Noble. Rice is unlikely to be as successful as Noble, but the Hammers should be able to earn a fair fee for him, Rice's performances in defensive midfield have turned the heads of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Alternatively, Soucek, 26, has established himself as a mainstay in the midfield for West Ham United. After joining on loan from Slavia Prague, he has been an important member of the squad ever since.
It has been noted that Soucek is similar to Marouane Fellaini. He is also a goalscorer, a quality that is not common in midfield. Rice helped the Hammers finish 6th last season with Soucek adding another.
Number 3 Kevin De Bruyne - Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
The Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes in rotating his team, so picking the first XI is not always easy.
Both Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan have been regulars in Manchester City's midfield for some time now. De Bruyne is considered one of the best players in the world.
In addition to winning the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice (most recently last season), he also won the Premier League Player of the Season award once.
On the other hand, Gundogan was the top goalscorer in the league for his club last season due to his goalscoring skills. His elegance on the ball drew local attention last season, as well as his goalscoring prowess.
Both De Bruyne and Gundogan have been at the club for some time now. They are both in their 30s now, so Manchester City would be wise to reduce their workloads.
Number 2 Bruno Fernandes - Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Indeed, United does not have any good defensive midfielders, but they are fortunate to have Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
In his second season at Manchester United, Fernández ranks among the top midfielders according to his performances. The Portugal international contributed 18 goals and 11 assists last season. He now holds the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year twice
With Pogba, though, the French international is enjoying his best spell as a Manchester United player. With the freedom to drift inside, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deployed him on the left wing and he has flourished in this role.
As for Fernandes and Pogba, they have both begun the season extremely well. Pogba registered four assists and Fernandes scored three goals against Leeds United.
Number 1 N'Golo Kante - Jorginho (Chelsea)
This year's Ballon d'Or has been tipped to go to both N'Golo Kante and Jorginho. The pair enjoyed an excellent season at Chelsea last season.
Jorginho won the Euro 2020 with Italy after starting in midfield for Chelsea against Manchester City in the Champions League final. Later, Kante would go on to win the Champions League with Chelsea.
His performances, particularly in the Champions League, earned him global acclaim last season. The France international has struggled with injuries, but Thomas Tuchel heavily relies on him.
In contrast, Juventus' Juginho is respected for his calmness and composure on the ball, while he is a good passer. The 29-year old performs well in midfield and won the UEFA Men's Player Award in 2021 for Chelsea and Italy.
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