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Premier League 2020/21: Liverpool’s Top 5 Players of the Year

Liverpool signed off the 2020/21 Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield, securing their place in the Champions League next term.

Despite dropping to as low as eighth in the table, the Reds managed to swing a third-place finish – and now is the time to reflect on the last eight months.

Below is my opinion and there were some difficult decisions to make, as numerous players did their part to keep the club striving for their place among the elite. Here’s my top five players of the season, with some honourable mentions…

No.5 Nat Phillips

Apps 17/38 | Clean Sheets 7 | Clearances 81 | Assists 1 | Goals 1

Kicking things off on my list is Phillips. He joined the Reds back in 2016 and went straight into the Academy. After the centre-back injury dilemma early in this season, the 24-year-old was called upon to step up, despite having some big boots to fill with the likes of Virgil van Djik and Joe Gomez both out for the season, he certainly did step up. He proved himself a worthy defender on the pitch, achieving seven clean sheets out of his 17 appearances and even managing to bag himself a goal.

No.4 Trent Alexander-Arnold

Apps 36/38 | Crosses 297 | Passes 2,381 | Assists 7 | Goals 2

Trent’s performances earns him the spot at number four. The Scouser was the outstanding bright spark of the team at the tail end of the season, his contribution from the right flank helped linked up the forward play – an area where the squad have been struggling earlier this season. Trent managed to tot up the most crosses in the team this season as well as sharing the same number of assists as Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, and Roberto Firmino. 

No.3 Sadio Mané

Apps 35/38 | Shots 71 | Goals 11 | Assists 7

Mané soars in at third on the list, some might argue (including the man himself) that he’s not had his best season, but despite drop-offs all over the squad, the statistics show the Senegal international has still been an important cog in the red machine. He was Liverpool’s second biggest goal threat, having bagged 11 times and notched up seven assists, and remains one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

No.2 Andy Robertson

Apps 38/38 | Crosses 294 | Passes2,680 | Assists 7 | Goals 1

Robbo takes the spot at number two. The Scot did not miss a league game throughout the entire season. The full-back always makes his presence known both on and off the pitch, and never fails to prove how crucial his role is within the team. Robbo has made the most passes this season at a staggering 2,680 and has currently made 294 crosses so far, only three less than Trent.

No.1 Mo Salah

Apps 37/38 | Shots 126 | Goals 22 | Assists 4

An obvious choice at number one for many. The Egyptian King has once again proved he’s worth his weight in gold. Scoring 22 goals this season, finishing just one behind Golden Boot winner Harry Kane. The Egypt star was ever-present in the team this term and popped up with crucial goals throughout. He has been a remarkable presence on the pitch, proving his ability to create chances, make assists and of course… score goals. Mo has earned his spot at the top of my list and once again proved himself to be one of the best forwards in the world.

Honourable mentions 

Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Alisson and Diogo Jota.

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