We’re the best football team in the land, yes we are. Liverpool have become, man for man, pound for pound, the best football team around. The Reds are European champions, top of the Premier League by eight points and are set to compete in the Club World Cup next month to confirm their global domination. ESPN have released their annual ESPN FC 100 list, ranking the world’s greatest players and coaches. Liverpool players dominate the ESPN world rankings with four players in the starting team.
The format sees 10 players ranked for each position, with the top managers in the world also put in order. Alisson Becker was named the world’s best shot stopper. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson claimed the full back positions and, of course, Virgil van Dijk was listed as the globe’s top centre back. Jürgen Klopp was proclaimed as the top coach.
Elsewhere in the list: Fabinho came sixth in the central midfielders list, Sadio Mane was second in the wingers category and Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah came fifth and fourth amongst the forwards.
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The steel of the Liverpool defence was given its due in this list, with the Reds rearguard making up the entire back line.
However, there were snubs for Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip. Gini has been in scintillating form for club and country, Henderson’s consistency is otherworldly – both players are victims of not being ‘glamour’ players. It may be some time before Matip gets the recognition he deserves, he has outperformed Van Dijk on occasions in the last nine months.
This time next year we will likely see even more Liverpool players topping the world rankings.