In the season of all season’s for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions-elect there is perhaps one burning question that remains unanswered. Just how many of Liverpool’s ‘mentality monsters’ should be shortlisted for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award?
Whilst a case could be made for the entire squad with every player proving just as vital as the other, the unbeaten Reds have not been shy of individual brilliance this season.
It’s difficult to look past Liverpool’s outstanding club-captain Jordan Henderson as the standout candidate following what has been the best season of the Englishman’s career by some distance. Henderson plays as if every game is his last and has become the embodiment of this unwavering demand for perfection.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane remains one of the most feared forwards in world football. The Senegalese ace continues to improve every season. At 27 and in the peak years of his career, he is not looking at slowing down anytime soon.
Mane’s goalscoring exploits continue to reach devestating levels, In 31 appearances this season, the former Southampton star has clocked up 15 goals and 11 assists.
Speaking of assists, this brings us neatly on to Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Scouser in our team has wowed pundits and fans alike this season, he has bagged 12 assists to add to his growing personal CV.
His passing range and crossing ability have been a delight to behold. He has become our main creative force despite playing full back and no player in the top-flight can boast the same amount of assists since the start of last season.
Virgil van Dijk is another who should seriously be considered to retain the prize he claimed a year ago following such a ridiculous run of form. Unfortunately for the big Dutchman, people continue to measure and compare him from last season that it’s easy to forget just how easy he makes the game look.
A lightning rod for consistency, Van Dijk never fails to deliver. A 9/10 in virtually every match he plays, there has been no discernible spike in the UEFA Player of the Year’s performances.
Despite making fewer tackles in games, Van Dijk is clocking up more interceptions, and his aerial duel success is the same 75 per cent. He has scored four goals to equal last season’s tally.
Mohamed Salah is another who has become a victim of his own success following an inaugural debut season that made us question whether the Egyptian was from the same species as the rest of his teammates.
With 18 goals, yet again, Salah is the club’s top-scorer with the former Roma star continually showcasing why he is perhaps the greatest ‘one-season-wonder’ that has ever graced the Premier League.
In a team that makes the unsustainable feel ordinary, one thing is certain: The history-making Reds will certainly not be short of candidates for some of the top-flights individual honours this season.