It always has to be someone. Someone has to be the best team in the world. There is always one side that is just so utterly untoppable. The turn of the century saw the all conquering Galacticos fade against the might of the La Masia magic weaved by Barcelona. Real Madrid returned to their peak in Europe under Zinedine Zidane. Now it is our to reign supreme over the football world. Liverpool’s dominance has been emphasised by Goal’s list of the top 25 male players in the world.
Virgil van Dijk took the first place crown. The Dutch defender has become the media darling of the day with his commanding performances at the back that have transformed Liverpool from also rans into an unstoppable force.
Mo Salah claimed third place in the rankings, just shy of Lionel Messi in third and ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in fourth. The Egyptian King is still popping up for the Reds when needed, last weekend nodding home his side’s second goal against Manchester City.
Sadio Mane is fifth in the list and should feel hard done by as he is pipped by Ronaldo. The Senegalese winger has been the Reds’ stand out forward this season, utilising his phenomenal pace and ever improving finishing ability to Jürgen Klopp’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.
All conquering Alisson Becker was listed in seventh place. Trent Alexander-Arnold was named in 15th, ahead of Roberto Firmino in 17th and Andy Robertson in 23rd.
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What RTK has to say
Any effort to rank the top footballers in the world at the minute is likely to see the judge’s fawning over Jürgen Klopp’s men. Pound for pound, man for man, position for position, it is impossible to find a squad with such an indomitable starting XI.
Despite the seven players in the top 25, there are some glaring Liverpool omissions. Joel Matip has been outstanding this calendar year and Gini Wijnaldum has proved to be one of the best centre midfielders on the planet. And, of course, it is a travesty that Divock Origi didn’t make the top 5.