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Jordan Henderson is the Premier League's best passer this season

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He may have faced some stick in the past, but Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been in the form of his life this season. So much so that new stats released by EA SPORTS have shown him to be the Premier League's most efficient passer.

Liverpool has started the season strongly, and currently sit in third, level with Arsenal and leaders Manchester City, but are slightly behind on goal difference.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been roundly praised for transforming his side, who rely on the pace of Sadio Mane and the trickery of Philippe Coutinho, but these figures show that Henderson is the unsung hero of the side.

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The stats show that Henderson has impressively completed more passes than any other Premier League player this term, as well as completing more passes per 90 minutes than any other player, too.

And the numbers also show that despite the criticism he is receiving, Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the league's fifth best passer, meaning he at least has something that will help him keep the critics quiet.

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Total passes

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool
Total passes: 884
Complete passes: 830 
Complete passes per 90min: 84.5

Fernandinho - Manchester City
Total passes:900
Complete passes:733
Complete passes per 90min: 73.3

Danny Drinkwater - Leicester City
Total passes:889
Complete passes:673
Complete passes per 90min: 68.1

N'Golo Kanté - Chelsea
Total passes: 900
Complete passes:654
Complete passes per 90min: 65.4

Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League

Paul Pogba - Manchester United
Total passes: 810
Complete passes: 630
Complete passes per 90min: 70

Idrissa Gueye - Everton
Total passes: 884
Complete passes: 605
Complete passes per 90min: 61.6

Nemanja Matic - Chelsea
Total passes: 868
Complete passes:602
Complete passes per 90min: 62.4

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César Azpilicueta - Chelsea
Total passes: 900
Complete passes: 594
Complete passes per 90min: 59.4

David Silva - Manchester City
Total passes:777
Complete passes:577
Complete passes per 90min: 66.8

Jake Livermore - Hull City
Total passes: 850
Complete passes: 575
Complete passes per 90min: 60.8

Data courtesy of EA SPORTS

What is most surprising, is that for all the labels they're given as a 'passing side', Arsenal don't have a single player in the list.

But Chelsea's revival under Antonio Conte looks to be in full swing with N'Golo Kanté, Nemanja Matic and César Azpilicueta all making the top ten.

But that's not all, Henderson has even completed more passes than his Premier League counterparts in the opposition half. This shows that the England international has been keeping the ball ticking over in his own half and getting forward to dictate play in the opposition half, too, as his assist for teammate Roberto Firmino showed at the weekend.

Passes in the opposition half

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool
Successful passes: 412
Opposition half chances created: 14
Assists: 2

Mesut Özil - Arsenal
Successful passes: 396
Opposition half chances created: 22
Assists: 1

Fernandinho - Manchester City
Successful passes: 394
Opposition half chances created: 10
Assists: 0

Arsenal v Southampton - Premier League

Santi Cazorla - Arsenal
Successful passes: 382
Opposition half chances created: 10
Assists: 2

Paul Pogba - Manchester United
Successful passes: 380
Opposition half chances created: 18
Assists: 0

David Silva - Manchester City
Successful passes: 359
Opposition half chances created: 27
Assists: 2

Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool
Successful passes: 344
Opposition half chances created: 25
Assists:4

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Eden Hazard - Chelsea
Successful passes: 339
Opposition half chances created: 19
Assists: 1

N'Golo Kanté - Chelsea
Successful passes: 314
Opposition half chances created: 8
Assists: 0

Nemanja Matic - Chelsea
Successful passes: 311
Opposition half chances created: 9
Assists: 4

Data Courtesy of EA SPORTS, the Lead Partner of the Premier League.

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