Who is the best Liverpool player in the 2021/22 season?
Liverpool FC players have expectations to be great and to play at an elite level. The history behind the club is not to be forgotten, and fans very quickly remind the players of this, and to play for the badge.
In this article, we will look at the current Liverpool squad for the 2021/22 season, and compare players according to their ability and importance. The top 5 players will be listed below with a brief summary of why they have been selected.
1- Mohammed Salah
Personally, I think it is fairly obvious that Mo Salah is the best Liverpool player in the squad without a shadow of doubt. Since he has arrived, he has been the top goal scorer for Liverpool every season and continues to break records. He has been crucial to our recent success and this selection isn’t debatable.
2- Virgil Van Dijk
Some may suggest that the best CB in the world, Virgil Van Dijk should be ranked in the number 1 spot. I don’t totally disagree but in modern football, attackers are favoured over defenders in terms of importance. Nonetheless, Van Dijk has been an absolute monster in Liverpool’s defense since his big money move from Southampton. His arrival turned us from a woeful defensive team, to one of the best defences in Europe. Immediate impact. Last season, his injury showed truly how important he is to us picking up important points which are required to challenge for the league title.
3-Trent Alexander Arnold
Whether Gareth Southgate agrees or not, Trent Alexander Arnold is THE best RB in world football and nobody comes close. The input he has on the Liverpool side is priceless. It is no coincidence that our bad run of form last season coincided with Trent’s dip in form. After being left out of the England squad, Trent picked up his form and not so suprisingly, Liverpool went the remaining 10 games undefeated. Most of our chances are created from Trent on the right hand side, with the young full back putting up midfielder’s stats in terms of assists.
4- Jordan Henderson
Our skipper, our captain, Jordan Henderson. His leadership and tireless engine is what keeps Liverpool ticking. He gets that extra 10% out of his teammates when its needed. Our win percentage is significantly lower when Henderson doesn’t play, and personally I believe this is due to his defensive energy to cover the like of Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson when they get forward. He covers for them and gains possession back very quickly, to get us going again.
5- Roberto Firmino
A decision that Liverpool fans may not agree with as this selection could have been a number of other players. However, I selected Bobby Firmino for a number of reasons. Without his constant pressing from the front, and his interlinking play with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, that front three wouldn’t be what they are. He complements that attacking line. With his tendency to act as a false 9, HE is the link between the midfield and attackers. The arrival of Jota may actually highlight this even more, if Klopp decides to play a 4-2-3-1 formation with Firmino playing just behind the striker.
To be honest, I could just list the rest of the squad as I think each and every player in the squad has a very important role. In this case, I will mention just a couple of players that could have been in this top 5.
In defense, both Alisson and Robbo could have been selected but didn’t on this occasion. Fabinho was very close with Henderson but how could I not include our skipper who has a proven influence on our match results. Last but not least, Sadio Mane. We all know the threat Sadio Mane can provide, with his blistering pace. Due to his not so great form in the 2020/21 season, even though we still finished 3rd, he misses out on the top 5.
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