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2 kids, 1 star: Liverpool's 3 most improved players of 2020

Here are our picks for the most improved Liverpool players of 2020. Few Reds had room to improve but a select few managed it.

Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams sneaks onto this list right at the death. The 19-year-old has had a year to remember, jumping all the way from the National League to the Premier League.

Not just a token Premier League performance, either. Williams played 90 minutes up against Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, helping Liverpool to a 2-1 win.

From where he was, that’s quite spectacular. The question now is can he kick on even further? 2020 was huge for Williams but he’ll hope 2021 is even bigger.

Maybe, just maybe, he can solidify a place in Liverpool’s first-team squad.

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A unique one, here. Fabinho is undoubtedly a better player than he was a year ago but not in the usual way.

He ended 2019 as one of the best midfielders in the world – certainly the best defensive midfielder, in our eyes. But he was also injured.

He returned in early 2020 with very poor form, struggling quite badly. After the restart, however, Fabinho was fantastic as Liverpool wrapped up the Premier League title.

That’s an improvement of sorts but the real story here is how Fabinho has added an entirely new position to his skillset.

The Brazilian is now a centre-half – and a very good one at that. He’s holding his own at the top of the Premier League and keeping Liverpool intact during an injury crisis.

Few elite players can do that. But right now, Fabinho feels like twice the player he did a year ago – and that’s saying something.

Curtis Jones

If we’re picking one player as our most improved for 2020, it’s Curtis Jones. What an incredible rise.

He started the year with a moment to remember, of course. Jones started against Everton in the FA Cup, featuring in a very young side. And he took his chance, scoring the winner with a screamer.

Ever since then, we’ve watched Jones quickly develop from a promising youth player to a truly outstanding talent.

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The pinnacle came against Tottenham Hotspur where Jones looked like the best player on the pitch. It was the biggest game of the season, 1st vs 2nd, and yet a teenager ran things.

So in the space of a year, Jones has gone from someone we hope to see get minutes off the bench, to someone we want in the starting XI.

His rise has been incredible to watch and he doesn’t even look close to done.

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