Because one blog post just isn’t sufficient when you’ve seen your team win the top division title for the first time in 30 years.
Yes, that’s right, I’m milking the fuck out of this.
Here’s my run-down of the Premier League-winning Liverpool squad and their respective contributions – with a marking out of 10 – to the 2019/20 season.
Alisson – 8.5
Mr reliable and the man for the big occasion. It’s nice to have a world class number one that you can depend on. Can’t give him top marks because he did miss out on some games due to injury at the beginning of the season.
Adrian – 7
Yeah, he fucked up in the Champions League. Yeah, he fucked up in the FA Cup. But this fella cost us nothing and it’s easy to forget he played a few blinders in the eight league games he deputised for Alisson.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9.5
Who knew it was possible to become a playmaker from right-back? Scary what this lad has achieved at only 21. Seems to really be finding his range with free-kicks now too.
Virgil Van Dijk – 10
What an absolute colossus of a man. This fella really does make it look like men against boys. Quite possibly Liverpool’s greatest ever signing. He’s that good.
Joe Gomez – 7
No better example for Gomez to follow than the aforementioned Van Dijk. Has shown signs of continued development but sometimes has been exposed.
Joel Matip – 7
Found it difficult to kick on from 2018/19’s marked improvement because of injury; albeit after starting the season in the team.
Dejan Lovren – 6.5
Continues to struggle at times when he gets drawn into a tussle but he did have some good games between October and December – most notably against Leicester.
Andy Robertson – 9
Was clearly absolutely bladdered for a couple of weeks after winning the title but difficult to take away from what has been another stellar season. His header at Villa was vital.
Fabinho – 7.5
A bit up and down in parts; especially after returning from injury – but when he gets going there’s no stopping the man. Loves to pull out a wonder strike or a delicate assist once in a while.
Jordan Henderson – 10
What a fucking man. What a player. The leader and inspiration behind this group of players. His stamp on this team becomes more evident when he’s not there. Imperious in either the #6 or #8.
Gini Wijnaldum – 8
Should probably get more goals. But when he does they tend to be crucial ones; Sheffield United away being a case in point. The glue that binds this team together.
Naby Keita – 7
Missing for almost all of the first half of the season but has recently started to find his feet again. Banger against Chelsea.
James Milner – 7
If you had to capture one moment to sum up James Milner this season it was that goal-line clearance against Bournemouth. A machine that just keeps going.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5
Threatens to have a real run at winning his place in this team before fading slightly. You would always back him to make the difference in a game, though.
Adam Lallana – 6
Could of just give him a 10 for that goal against United but reality is that he’s barely featured. Not a bad way to go out, though.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 6
See above but swap “United” for “Everton”.
Takumi Minamino – 6
Has struggled to get up to the pace of the Premier League thus far. Should be more to come.
Divock Origi – 6.5
Will forever be iconic for his massive goals in the Champions League but it’s beginning to look like he’s only worth a run out when we play the Blues.
Sadio Mane – 10
Has to be up there for footballer of the year. Absolutely electric at times and a defender’s nightmare. When some of the others aren’t quite at their best it tends to be Sadio who steps up to the mark.
Mohamed Salah – 8.5
If Salah had composure to his finishing we’d be looking at 40 goals a season – at least. Hard to be too critical, though. His breakaway goal against United was one of the moments of the season, as was sitting down David Luiz before curling home a beauty against Arsenal.
Roberto Firmino – 8.5
Loves an away goal. Less so a home goal. Those away goals were often priceless, mind. Particularly against Chelsea, Spurs and Wolves. His unselfishness perfectly dovetails the more maverick Mane and Salah.