Jack Hallows has been on player ratings duty this season and he’s now gone in for the big one. Welcome to his overall ratings for the entire 2016/17 campaign!*
Simon Mignolet: 7 – The Belgian started the season as Liverpool’s number two and was replaced almost immediately on Loris Karius’ return to form. After some seriously hard work and poor showings from his counterpart, Mignolet reclaimed his first choice spot and was utterly superb at times over the second half of the season. From zero to hero, Mignolet kept five clean sheets in his final six appearances of the season with a number of huge saves earning the Reds various points – especially away from home.
Loris Karius: 6 – The German had an up and down first season on Merseyside and it would be interesting to have seen if he’d have fared any better if he hadn’t broken his hand in pre-season. There were a couple of good performances – he was superb in the first leg of the EFL semi-final – but a number of high-profile errors saw him replaced by Mignolet from the Middlesbrough away game onwards.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7 – ‘Mr Reliable’ had a very good season defensively. Say what you want about him going forward but the right back provides stability down his side of the back four which is something we’ve lacked in recent years. His assist total of two wasn’t good enough but the fact he created 46 chances maybe says more about his teammates’ finishing than his creativity.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7 – Gets an extra half mark for the fact that he’s 18 but looks at times as if he’s a seasoned Premier League player. Stepped up to the plate when thrown in the deep end at Old Trafford in January and a number of impressive cameos throughout the season have me very excited for this lad’s future.
Jöel Matip: 7 – Like Clyne, Matip is reliable without being a standout. Honestly, this is no bad thing. The Cameroonian struggled with injuries over the winter but it’s no coincidence that when he managed a consistent string of appearances the Reds defence became far stingier. Was a part of 9 of Liverpool’s 12 clean sheets and provided us with a constant threat from set pieces. Needs to aim to improve on his tally of just one goal next season.
Ragnar Klavan: 6 – Inconsistency plagued Klavan as one game he would have Romelu Lukaku in his pocket at Goodison and the next he was making Josh King look like Lionel Messi. The Estonian is a solid reserve option who defends in a refreshingly no-nonsense manner but there are definite questions over whether he’s good enough long term.
Dejan Lovren: 6.5 – It was a standard season from Lovren really. Impressive in a number of games but also disastrous every now and then. I still believe that handing him a new contract was the right thing to do as he most definitely has a long-term future at the club, however, it should be as a backup option to a more reliable centre-half. His injury record was also a huge problem at times this season as it saw him miss eight games.
Lucas Leiva: 6.5 – I’m gonna miss him if he does leave this summer, to be honest. The Brazilian had a number of admittedly impressive performances, with his highlight perhaps against Spurs at home where Harry Kane never left his back pocket. Scored his first goal for six years against Plymouth in the FA Cup.
Alberto Moreno: 5 – Didn’t really feature heavily – as could be expected really I suppose – but when he did it was more of the same. An awful showing at Arsenal on the opening day saw the final nail in his coffin as James Milner became first choice. Did put in a superb shift away at Palace, however, picking up a nice assist for Emre Can’s goal.
James Milner: 7 – Considering he played entirely out of position this season, Milner had a superb campaign. Okay, by the end of the season he was incredibly one-dimensional and predictable but he was still part of a back four that conceded just two goals in their last six games. Scored seven penalties from eight attempts with his strikes from the spot earning the Reds six points across the season.
Emre Can: 7 – If you were rating him solely on his from from February onwards he’d have been a 9 but it was truly a season of two halves for the German midfielder. Struggling with injury and to adapt to playing further forward, the first half of his season was riddled with 5/10 performances as he just failed to get going. However, once Henderson was forced out with injury, Can came into his own. Match winning goals against Watford and Burnley were just the icing on the cake as he reminded us all of what he’s capable of by running himself ragged, clattering into challenges and knitting the Reds midfield and defence together like a seasoned pro. Really hope he signs an extension.
Jordan Henderson: 7 – Looked completely out of place in the ‘6′ role to start the season but from the Spurs away game onwards it was clear he had found his new home. The Liverpool skipper was superb this season at keeping the Reds attacks ticking over and his ability to play penetrating passes from deep was key to a number of their good results in the Autumn. Also found the time to score a goal of the season contender at Stamford Bridge to sink eventual champions Chelsea. His injury record is becoming a huge concern however as he missed 14 out of 19 games during the second half of the season.
Adam Lallana: 8 – If he’d carried on his form from the first half of the season for the entire 38 games then he’d have been in with a huge shout for the Reds player of the season. His seven goals and seven assists in 17 League appearances up until the New Year were just one of many reasons why he was so vital to Jürgen Klopp’s system while his pressing, movement, awareness and vision all contributed to the Reds biggest and best results. His output tailed off in the second half of the season as he made 13 appearances in 2017, scoring just once and failing to assist but his work rate, pressure and intelligence all saw him continue to score 7/10 regularly. A great season from the Englishman.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7.5 – Eyebrows were raised when Klopp forked out £25 million for his services but he eventually developed into a key man for the Reds. The Dutchman thrived in a new position – halfway between an 8 and a 10 – and his understanding with Lallana was key to the Reds form against the top 6 this season. One of few bright spots through a tough winter for the Reds, Wijnaldum scored some huge goals across the season – not least his winner against Man City – and finished as our highest assist maker with 11. Love me a bit of Gini!
Philippe Coutinho: 8.5 – Started the season with an absolute bang by scoring a brace at Arsenal on opening day and continued on in such a manner until a cruelly timed injury in November. Struggled for a while upon his return from injury and looked tired and off the pace but an international break in February sparked him back to life and then some. Finished the season as our top scorer with 14 goals and nine assists in all competitions – his best return in an LFC shirt yet – and looked to have finally breached the world class bracket. Fantastic season.
Sadio Mané: 9 – The only player to outshine Coutinho in my honest opinion. The Senegalese divided opinion upon signing for the Reds but any doubts went out the window following his incredible performance at Arsenal. The Reds looked an entirely different animal with him in the team and his importance was highlighted by how impotent they looked in front of goal during his AFCON absence. Absolutely fantastic signing who was more than worthy of winning his Player of the Year award and place in the Premier League Team of the Season.
Daniel Sturridge: 6 – Injuries and a seeming lack of fit to Klopp’s system hampered Sturridge for the season and he was often confined to bench starts due to the form of the Coutinho-Firmino-Mane trio. Contributed when it mattered however with a double against Spurs in the EFL Cup and a massive goal against West Ham in our second last game of the season.
Divock Origi: 6 – A fairly disappointing season from the Belgian forward after such a solid break out year last campaign. Still managed to score nine goals in all competitions and his return was honestly decent when you consider how few games he actually started, however, he looked laboured and at times lost on the field. Looked much happier in a diamond formation when playing up top with Sturridge rather than as a lone striker.
Ben Woodburn: 6 – An impressive break out year for Woodburn, especially when given his age. Became the Reds youngest ever goalscorer with a smashing finish from close range into the top corner against Leeds in the EFL Cup. Looks a promising prospect for the future.
Roberto Firmino: 8 – Finished the season as the Reds most creative player having managed to tee up 76 chances for his teammates in the Premier League. Is often an underrated player in my opinion with fans undervaluing his defensive contributions and work rate off the ball while his first touch and passing vision are nothing short of incredible. 12 goals and eight assists was also a solid contribution considering he spent large periods of the season forced out wide.