We think there are nine Liverpool players with a real shot at making the 2021/22 PFA Team of the Year. It’s been another wonderful year.
We’re coming to the end of the season now and that means awards are getting dished out. Liverpool, given their fantastic season, will expect to see a few heading to Anfield – especially with the PFA Team of the Year.
Here are nine Reds we will see in the running.
It’s surely going to be either Alisson Becker or Ederson in the team but we think the Liverpool goalkeeper has the edge. He’s been outstanding once again, both with his shot-stopping and distribution.
Funnily enough, they’re currently level in the Golden Glove race on 18 clean sheets. It’ll be a tight one.
A guarantee. Alexander-Arnold has been magnificent this season and leads the league in assists (jointly, with a player we’ll get to). He’s the world’s best right-back and we see no way he doesn’t make the team again this year.
Now, Robertson has a fantastic case but it isn’t as clear-cut as his teammate there. He currently sits third in the league for assists and has been excellent – but Joao Cancelo has been, too. We think voting might see the Manchester City full-back get in ahead, even if he wouldn’t have it that way.
So, deserving of a place but the Liverpool man might miss out.
Virgil van Dijk & Joel Matip
We’ll combine these two because, honestly, we think both should just get in. They’ve been the best centre-back pairing in the league by some distance and we believe they’re the stand-outs individually.
Van Dijk is Van Dijk and returned to his best-in-the-world form for Liverpool this year. Matip has built a reputation for himself, too, winning Premier League Player of the Month for March. We’re not sure anyone else has been on their level.
Arguably Fabinho’s best season in a Liverpool shirt. He’s been a defensive rock and a goal-threat in an all-action campaign. He has been one of the best midfielders in the league.
But we don’t think he’ll get in. Fabinho has a shot but it’s very, very difficult for holding midfielders to make the team. Since 2010, only Nemanja Matic and Fernandinho have done it – and both were back when four midfielders were chosen.
So as good as the Brazilian has been, we’re not sure he’ll get recognition.
The best midfielder in the Premier League, along with Kevin De Bruyne. That’s our estimation, anyway, and Thiago should make the team. He’s in outstanding form right now and running games for Liverpool.
Hopefully, that’s recognised because Thiago has been sensational at times this season. City’s Belgian is the only other midfielder to hit his level and both should feature in the midfield three.
Three forwards will be picked and we believe Jota’s incredible start to the season should see him in there. It’s been a fantastic goalscoring season and that should be recognised.
There’s an argument for Sadio Mané, of course, and we wouldn’t dispute that. One of the two will surely make it in there.
The other absolute certainty and Salah surely also take home the PFA Player of the Year and Premier League Golden Boot. He’s been that good. In fact, he might even take home the Playmaker of the Year award, too – he’s join-first in that regard.
Salah is the best player in the league and has been all season. Essentially, the PFA Team of the Year is Salah plus 10 – that’s how dominant he’s been.