UEFA have named four Liverpool players in their ideal Champions League XI for the 2021/22 season, according to reports. The Reds just fell short in the final last year.
This comes from AS. They’ve seen the new UEFA technical report for the 2021/22 campaign – including a look at UEFA’s own ideal XI of the Champions League season.
Real Madrid and Liverpool take nine of the 11 spots after making the final. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé are the other two.
Real then boast Thibaut Courtois, Antonio Rudiger (though, he was with Chelsea at the time), Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
Liverpool fill in the gaps. Trent Alexander-Arnold is at right back, with Andy Robertson taking the other full-back spot. Virgil van Dijk partners Rudiger in the middle, with Fabinho sitting in the holding midfield role.
UEFA pick ideal Champions League XI
Some big praise for Liverpool here, though you’d expect a few inclusions. Most notable, of course, is that there are four players in there and none of them are Mohamed Salah.
His place was always up for debate, however. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, on the other hand, can claim to be the best in the world at each full-back position. They were certainly the most influential in the Champions League last year.
Van Dijk stands fairly tall as the world’s best defender right now – despite some criticism. Fabinho is an interesting one, though, as he beats compatriot Casemiro to a place. Casemiro, now with Manchester United, won it with Real, of course.
Roll on 2023, then. We’re crossing our fingers for another lengthy Champions League campaign and potentially more players in next year’s team. Winning the trophy is likely the only way that happens, however.
Liverpool will be one of the favourites, even with their poor start to the season. And the four who made the 2021/22 team will play huge roles once again as the Reds try to recapture the Champions League.