Liverpool treated cool midfielder snub but Jurgen Klopp will not be worried


Ask any Liverpool fan to name their favorite starting line-up for the Reds, and there would be very few areas for debate.The goalkeeper ? Alisson Becker. Of course. Joel Matip will have his defenders in the center back, but many would be plump for the four who have presented regularly since December.

And the first three are not even open to a semblance of discussion.

Which leaves, as always, the midfielder.

If there is one area of ​​the team that has experienced continuous rotation, it is the engine room.

Given the unique demands of playing in a three-man midfielder under Jurgen Klopp, and his preferred horse approach to courses in this part of the team, this comes as little surprise.

But did it happen at the expense of the actors involved?

This is a question worth asking given that the CIES Observatory’s boffins have delivered the latest snub to Liverpool midfielders.

While the rest of the team is considered one of the most valuable in the world, there is not a single Reds player on the top midfielders list.

There are a few mitigating factors – Jordan Henderson will soon be 30, Gini Wijnaldum is nearing the last year of his contract – but it is still a revealing oversight.

A similar story emerges with research based on statistics undertaken by, which include Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane in their team of the season so far, but ignore the men in the midst of the Reds.

The numbers are all good and good. But what about the good old human perception?

It’s not that good either. Under Klopp, no Liverpool midfielder has ever been included in the PFA team of the year as voted for by Premier League players.

It was, of course, at a time when striker Mohamed Salah and defender Van Dijk won the PFA Player of the Year title and goalkeeper Alisson won the Premier League Golden Gloves accolade.

And there were no Liverpool midfielders in the 2019 UEFA team of the year, despite the Reds winning the Champions League.

Things may soon change with Reds captain Henderson among the favorites for this year’s PFA delayed gong.

Nonetheless, it seems curious that a team that has conquered Europe, the world and is approaching the Premier League title has traditionally been the most integral part of any constantly neglected XI.

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Some oversights are more easily explained. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only got over his serious knee injury this season, Naby Keita failed to spark regularly, Adam Lallana was on the outskirts and James Milner only started 16 games that term.

Henderson, however, has been a driving force for the past 18 months, Wijnaldum has started every bar a Premier League game this campaign, and Fabinho has been outstanding before his injury in late November.

The Liverpool midfielder may never be as admired as other parts of their winning team. But they are appreciated by the only man who counts – Klopp.


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