Liverpool have been by far the best side in the Premier League this season, the Reds won the title in record time and swept aside all before them, beating every single team in the league. Falling just shy of the 100 point mark for a time it looked as though the Reds would smash that tally. Given just how impressive the Reds were it is a surprise that only two Liverpool players made the WhoScored Team of the Season, however, this is the perfect tribute to Klopp’s philosophy.
WhoScored Team of the Season
Each year WhoScored release their Team of the Season based on average ratings for the campaign.
This year from Liverpool only Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane made it into the side. The rest of the team was made up of Bernd Leno, Ricardo Pereira, James Tarkowski, Lucas Digne, Adama Traore, Kevin De Bruyne, James Maddison, Harry Kane and Anthony Martial.
The most notable absentee for Liverpool is arguably Trent Alexander-Arnold given his 13 assists from right back.
Stats don’t reflect well
There is obviously something up when a team which dominated the league so convincingly only has two players in the team of the season.
The something is that these statistics don’t take into account all of the nuances of the game that go into making a team like this Liverpool side. The unselfish pressing, the relentless recoveries.
Jürgen Klopp could look at one of his player’s and be over the moon with how he played, even though he didn’t grab a goal or an assist he may have performed his role to perfection – this won’t reflect in his WhoScored rating for that game.
Perfect tribute to Klopp philosophy
It is a bit of a tired cliche, one often trotted out by a player who has just scored four goals to win the game 4-3 for his side, but Liverpool are a team, not just a collection of individuals.
This Reds team is greater than the sum of its parts, this is why so many decent players have become world class players since joining the Klopp project.
Liverpool don’t win games because one player dribbles through the entire defence and bangs one in, they win games because every player knows his role and gives 100% in an effort to perform that role.