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European Team of the Week: December 20-23

Stewart Downing is an unlikely face in our European Team of the Week after putting in an unrivalled performance for Liverpool at home to Fulham.

The much-maligned winger claimed his first Premier League goal and assist for Liverpool and is joined in our illustrious XI by team-mate Steven Gerrard.

In fact, three of the four midfielders come from Merseyside with Everton's Steven Pienaar also included following an influential display against West Ham.

The attack has a more conventional feel to it with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG and Barcelona's Lionel Messi playing up front after both scored at the weekend.

In defence, the Premier League has three more representatives.