Obviously we only care about outfield players because goalkeepers cannot possibly get tired with all that standing around. Arsenal do not have a single player on this list – could they do their usual trick and finish strongly?
Minutes are for both club and country since the start of this season.
N’Golo Kante – 3280
Cesar Azpilicueta – 3221
Jorginho – 3212
Antonio Rudiger – 3145
It’s little wonder that Chelsea struggle for consistency. They’re clearly knackered. Even though they have largely been excused Europa League duty, there is a potentially damaging over-reliance on a core group of players by Maurizio Sarri. Azpilicueta has not missed a single Premier League minute – and it shows – while N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have only been excused for a handful. Which makes you wonder once again why Cesc Fabregas was allowed to leave in January without a replacement.
Virgil van Dijk – 3295
Andy Robertson – 3217
Mo Salah – 3020
The ‘good’ news is that Virgil van Dijk will get a rest on Tuesday night. The other ‘good news’ is that not going deep into the domestic cups has given Liverpool the chance to give much-needed breaks to the likes of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, who have dropped off the watch list of those players who have probably been overworked this season.
Manchester City (one)
Kyle Walker – 3002
Wow. Manchester City have played 42 games this season in comparison to Liverpool’s 34 and yet only Kyle Walker – who has actually been sidelined by Pep Guardiola rather more times than he would care to remember this season – has clicked over the 3000-minute mark. Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho (even without international football), Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and John Stones have all come close but, such is City’s squad depth, none have needed to be overplayed. City have 19 players who have played more than 1000 club minutes this season; for Liverpool that figure is just 14. Advantage City?
Toby Alderweireld – 3430
Harry Kane got injured just as he was about to click through the 3000-minute barrier but Alderweireld flew straight through without pausing for breath. Clearly Spurs are going to get their money’s worth in what is likely to be his last season at the club. Want a shock? Only three outfield Spurs players have played more minutes for the club than Harry Winks this season. Mind blown.
Manchester United (one)
Nemanja Matic – 3039
There’s a reason we asked last week about the identity of the new Nemanja Matic; the old Nemanja Matic is shattered. When your back-up is Scott McTominay you can basically never rest. For the record, Paul Pogba dropped just short of the 3000-minute mark, which is remarkable for a player who won the World Cup last summer.