With the 2017/18 season having played its last game, it’s time to look back at the Liverpool squad. Having secured a top 4 finish, the boys in red will deservedly be playing in the Champions League next season. Even though top 4 was secured on the last day of the season, this Liverpool squad is arguably the best in recent memory. Not only does it contain the best attacking trio in world football, Liverpool’s defense is finally strong and Anfield has become a fortress once again with 0 home defeats in the league.
Almost every single player has contributed greatly so making a list of the best players is difficult. I’ve watched every game this season and here’s the list I’ve put together!
10. Loris Karius
With Simon Mignolet leading between the sticks at the start of the season, many Liverpool fans were disappointed at the lack of a quality goalkeeper signing. As Migs failed to impress throughout the start of the season, Loris Karius was given a chance and boy did he take it. While he hasn’t been anything special, Karius has been consistent and has considerably more effective distribution overall.
A world-class goalkeeper is still required for competition but for now, Karius has proved his worth and deserves a spot on this list.
9. Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent’s inexperience shows at times as he jumps into tackles he doesn’t need to, mis-judges passes/crosses and is prone to being caught out of position. These mistakes are fairly rare though, granted he is only 19 years old. If you look at his entire season, it’s quite hard to believe just how good he is at right-back. Even against one of the most in-form wingers in the world in Leroy Sane, Trent stood up to the challenge diligently.
Modern full-backs are required to go forward and provide an attacking threat. Trent loves a good run forward and his crosses can be quality, providing 2 assists this season. Another great aspect of his game is his set-piece capabilities, he has a rocket of a right foot!
8. Jordan Henderson
Our captain, perhaps going under the radar at times is Jordan Henderson, the engine of the team. Hendo embodies what it means to be physical and put in a shift for the team, constantly hassling the enemy team and breaking up play. His passing is surprisingly varied too, capable of accurate passes over all kinds of distances.
Of course his lack of world-class quality prevents him from being anything other than a work-horse. Even though he plays a central, defensive role, he could chip in with more goals and assists. Having said that, Henderson is a good captain for Liverpool and we miss him sorely when he’s out.
7. Sadio Mane
19 goals & 8 assists in all competitions is very, very good. He’s part of the best trio in the world for a reason, blistering pace and a keen eye for an occasional worldie make Sadio a fan-favorite. Inconsistency plagues Mane though, it’s not uncommon to see him go for goal himself, rather than pass to a team-mate for a tap-in.
Off-the-ball movement is mandatory in Klopp’s pressing system, Sadio regularly regains possession and is one of the best players in the world to build-up a counter-attack.Personally I love this guy, he’s only 26 years old and if he gets his decision-making sorted out, he’d easily be one of the best wingers in the world.
6. James Milner
I fully believe James Milner, known as Jamez Milnerinho, is one of the greatest signings in Premier League history. Securing his services for free is insane, he’s been such a crucial part of our squad since his arrival. A wealth of experience coupled with surprising quality and the ability to play comfortably in almost any position make what I believe to be a world-class player.
While he doesn’t excel in any particular area, he boasts abilities in every aspect of the modern game. Skilful, good passing range, peak physicality and positional awareness are just a few I could name. Hopefully he keeps this up for many more years!
5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
What has Jurgen Klopp done to the Ox, who would have thought he’d earn the LFC Goal of the Season award? After a rough start to the season, Alex stamps his mark on the starting line-up and has become exceptional in his role. Like a typical central midfielder, Ox can re-gain possession and distribute it accordingly. Something that sets the difference between good and great midfielders is their moments of genius, Ox loves a good screamer and has considerably dribbling skills.
Unfortunately he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Champion’s League Semi-Final 2nd leg against Roma so we won’t see him in the final 🙁
4. Andy Robertson
Klopp doesn’t buy world-class players, he makes them. Honestly, Robbo has been world-class this season. It’s been far too long since Liverpool has had a half-decent Left Back, he’s contributed heavily to the team’s defensive accolades this season. Usually, Left Backs who roam forward have difficulties making up the space they left behind. Not Robbo, who seems to have the stamina of a horse.
Going forward, he needs that bit extra end-product to be compared to the likes of Marcelo but at just 24 years of age, it’s hard to believe just how good he is. From relegations battles to a Champion’s League final, what a journey!
3. Virgil Van Dijk
Every transfer window for Liverpool seemed the same, we’d be interested in a player, not be able to get them and go for the 2nd best. Klopp seems to have thrown this approach out of the window, instead choosing to wait until his first targets are available. Virgil Van Dijk was one of these targets, Liverpool eventually snapped him up in January of 2018 for £75,000,000. The fact no one is discussing his price tag speaks volumes, he’s massively improved the team’s defense with his talent and leadership.
Often you’ll find Virgil barking, giving orders and staying composed. This is exactly what Liverpool needed, someone at the back who can organise and construct his back-line how they know will work. I can see Van Dijk being a big part of Liverpool’s success in the years to come.
2. Roberto Firmino
You could certainly argue Bobby is the most important Liverpool player in the current squad, Klopp’s system fits him so perfectly. A mind-boggling 28 goals and 14 assists this season is actually crazy but that’s literally only half of what he contributes to the team. Firmino’s off-the-ball movement bamboozles defenders constantly, opening up space for other attacking threats. Ice-cold finishing, no-look goals and exciting skills make him a joy to watch.
With such attacking prowess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all he brings to the team. Defensively, Bobby is always tracking back to help his team apply Klopp’s pressing system. If he loses the ball, he’ll try to get it back instead of putting his hands on his waist. Dear god do I love this Brazilian.
1. Mohamed Salah
Such a sheer number of goals and assists mean Salah’s position on this list is cemented. A staggering goal tally of 46 as well as 14 assists has earned him a ton of individual awards including the Premier League Player of the Season, Premier League Golden Boot, African Footballer of the Year, LFC Fans & Players Player of the Year, 4 PFA Player of the Month awards and many more. I’m not even going to bother listing the array of records he’s broken!
Mo seems to have bulked up, appearing far stronger than he used to be while retaining his lightning quick pace. His eye for goal has become a regularity as well, it seems he can score from anywhere and against any opponent. No pressure on him but Salah scores the winning goal in the Champion’s League final, a statue must be erected outside Anfield immediately!