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    Lampard the best...according to the stats


    by ODN


    Frank Lampard was easily the best player in the top flight last season according to the Premier League's official statistics.

    Wayne Rooney may have scooped the awards as player of the year and Didier Drogba won the golden boot, but no-one was more successful across the board than the Chelsea and England midfielder.

    Lampard's 22 goals set a new record of scoring from central midfield and in the ten categories such as assists, passes and tackles which go to decide the Premier League's Actim Index, Lampard was among the top ten players in no less than eight of them.

    And just as remarkably, the 31-year-old did not pick up a single caution or red card during the entire season.

    Other statistics for the season saw one of the highest points tally required in Premier League history to qualify for Europe - Liverpool's 63 points has only been good enough for seventh position while in 2004 the Reds finished fourth with 60.

    Chelsea also rewrote the record books with 103 goals, six better than Manchester United in 1999/00, and scoring 9.5 per cent of all the Premier League goals during this season.