Report Card: Top 5 Liverpool Players of the Season (so far)

With a quarter of the season played, Jurgen Klopp's men find themselves sitting joint top of the 2020/2021 Premier League season, with goal difference separating them from Tottenham Hotspur.


It is so far so good for Liverpool, who are looking to defend their crown despite being decimated by injuries in an unfortunate start to the campaign. The horror show at Villa Park had casted serious doubts at Anfield just two months ago, but it turned out to be a mere blip as the mentality monsters dusted themselves expertly off the ground and look all set to put up a worthy charge for the title.


We take a look at some of the standout Reds so far this campaign, any surprises who is sitting right at the top?


1. Georginio Wijnaldum


Gini wijnaldum celebrating for his national team
Image Source: Liverpool.com

There is a reason why the Dutch midfield has been a main feature in Klopp's team selection over the years — with this season no exception — as Wijnaldum once again proves to be one of the Reds' most reliable players. With the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain all forced to sit out at some point during the course of the campaign, it is the efficient Dutchman pulling the strings quietly for the Reds in the middle of the pitch.


While Wijnaldum's goal and assists for Liverpool might never match up to that when he turns up for the Oranje, he remains such a valuable piece in the jigsaw at Anfield. His ability to retain possession and carry the ball forward remains vital in the way the Reds play, and is proving exactly why keeping him this summer was absolutely vital.

Grade: A-


2. Sadio Mane


sadio mane celebrating against chelsea
Image Source: CGTN

The Senegalese international has enjoyed a superb start to the campaign so far, and was unlucky not to find himself on the scoresheet against Leicester City at the weekend. Mane has shown no signs of slowing down since signing for the Reds in 2016, having already notched four goals this campaign — looking well to be in contention for the Golden Boot yet again.


The flying winger enjoyed arguably his best performance against Chelsea this season, scoring two crucial goals to secure an important away victory against one of this season's main title challengers. Despite being tested for COVID-19, Mane recovered well and is proving once again that he is undeniably one of the Reds' most important players.


Grade: A-

3. Mo Salah


Mo salah celebrating a goal
Image Source: This is Anfield

Another season, and it is business as usual for the Egyptian King. Salah unsurprisingly finds himself leading the club's goal scoring chart yet again, netting eight goals already this season. His standout performance came against Leeds United in the opening day of the season when he clinched a wonderful hat-trick, becoming the first player since John Aldrige to have achieved that feat since 1988.


Like his opposite number, Salah was also found to be COVID-19 positive and had missed the recent game against the Foxes, but we are confident he will be able to return exactly where he had left off.


Grade: A


4. Andy Robertson


Andy robertson taking a free kick
Image Source: The Liverpool Offside

What a season the Scotsman is enjoying. The flying left-back is doing nothing wrong to further establish himself as the best in the world, with some truly incredible standout performances this season. It is clear that there is also good work done at Melwood, with his set-pieces drastically improving this campaign.


With Trent Alexander-Arnold taking some time to rediscover his magic touch, Robertson has took on more of the attacking responsibility this season, having already registered three assists.


The Scot is enjoying a fine time at international level too, recently captaining his side to Euro 2020 — their first major tournament after more than two decades of failure.


Grade: A+


5. Diogo Jota


Diojo jota celebrating against west ham
Image Source: Forbes

There is surely only one man sitting on top of this list. Jota is taking his time at Liverpool like duck to water — setting and smashing records since arriving from Molineux and making the reported 40 million pounds seem like an absolute bargain.


The Portuguese is enjoying a phenomenal start. The forward's latest goal against Leicester City meant that he is the first player in the club's history to score in his first four top-flight home matches. And it is not only the goals that he brings to the team — his verve and delicate close control is proving to compliment perfectly with the current attacking trio's skillset, and it is hard to imagine when he is fully settled in his new surroundings.


We cannot wait for the Kop to return and sing his song, something the diminutive Portuguese surely deserves after enjoying a dream start to his Reds career.


Grade: A*

 

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