Liverpool have had an incredible 19/20 and here is our take on a best XI as football is suspended.
It’s quite unusual but there is actually competition at goalkeeper for once as Alisson has missed several games. Adrian has played over 1100 minutes in 17 games, far more than anyone predicted.
But Alisson remains far and away the best. His return to the side coincided with Liverpool upturn in defensive form. Quite remarkably, in fact, he has the joint-second most clean sheets in the Premier League, despite missing so many games.
Like many positions, there’s only one choice here. Alexander-Arnold has been even better than last season, equalling his Premier League record for assists by a defender with nine games remaining. A truly outstanding player.
Gomez just edges out Joel Matip for this one. Matip was good enough to win a Premier League Player of the Month award in September, which would usually get him in. But Gomez’s return to the lineup saw the Reds through an outstanding December where they barely conceded a goal.
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Virgil van Dijk
Doesn’t really need much explanation, this one. It’s Van Dijk. He’s probably the best in the world and continues to show it.
Robertson is the only real left-back at the club but it would do him a disservice to say he’s here by default. He’s arguably the best left-back in the world. According to Whoscored, no left back has created more this season.
Fabinho hasn’t been himself since his return from injury. Before it, however, he was truly outstanding. Fingers crossed he gets back to that form.
Henderson has grown into one of the club’s most important players. His deputising for Fabinho was incredible and played a huge part in 11 clean-sheets in 13 games whilst playing there.
A consistent and wonderful presence this season. We believe he’s grown into the best box-to-box player in the world, in fact.
Liverpool’s top scorer, once again, with 20 goals – and another seven assists for good measure. Salah continues to set new standards for goalscoring and is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest.
Don’t let his strange lack of Anfield goals fool you, Firmino has been incredibly important this season. His goals usually mean points and he can take an enormous amount of credit for the Club World Cup victory.
Another wonderful season for Mane as he’s bagged another 18 goals in Red. At his best – and we’ve seen a lot of it this season – you’d think twice about swapping him for anyone.
Liverpool’s best XI of the 19/20 season so far
Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Van Dijk – Robertson
Henderson – Wijnaldum
Salah – Firmino – Mane