Jurgen Klopp has his work cut out in the summer transfer window to bring the right blend of players to Anfield to make the club challenging for a spot in the top four. Inconsistent would be the best word to describe Liverpool’s 2015-16 season, but even after losing two finals, the real victory and the biggest of them all has come by the way of the verdict of the Hillsborough tragedy in which justice prevailed after a fight of 27 long years.
Klopp has galvanized the fan base and has brought a feel-good factor at Anfield. He is the right man to lead the club forward and if the names that are being speculated to join the club in the summer will come to Anfield, next season can be a successful one for the reds. This season too many players have stepped up and played their hearts out for the Club and let’s take a look at the best possible Liverpool eleven of this season:
Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet
The Belgian has his critics, but he is a decent goalkeeper who is just not at the level that the reds desire. He will be replaced this summer as he dropped many points by his individual mistakes. After being in the race for the golden glove last season, Mignolet has 11 clean sheets this season, but his distribution is poor with a percentage of just 60.
Right back: Nathaniel Clyne
Can be called as Liverpool’s Mr. Consistent this campaign. Having played the most matches for the reds, he has never looked out of place and barring two or three games, Clyne has always performed well defensively and offensively when needed too.
Center back: Dejan Lovren
With 1.5 tackles and 1.8 interceptions per game, Dejan Lovren has answered to his critics and has revived his Liverpool career under Jurgen Klopp. He is certainly looking like a 20 million defender who has a staggering passing percentage of 83 and will be the first choice defender next season.
Center back: Mamadou Sakho
Unfortunately a brilliant season for the Frenchman was cut short after he tested positive over a drug test and is looking for a ban of at least one year. He was the red’s best centre back until he was suspended and a lot was expected from him in the last stages of the Europa League. Still, if a list of best possible eleven is made, Sakho has to be the no. 1 choice centre back who has a brilliant passing percentage of near 90.
Left back: Alberto Moreno
He had his worst game in a Red shirt on the biggest stage, but there is no denying the fact that the Spaniard can become a world class full back with time. He has contributed a lot offensively this campaign and will need to improve his positioning if he wants a place regularly in the first team.
Defensive midfield: Emre Can
The German has come of age and is proving to be a great buy for the reds. He is evolving into a world class player and his stats suggest the same. With 2.8 tackles and 2 interceptions per game, he is good in the air and performs well defensively. He needs to improve offensively to enhance his goal tally, but has a passing accuracy of 83%.
Central midfield: James Milner
The new signing has settled well to life at Merseyside and has a brilliant tally of 14 assists this season. He has delivered the most when it mattered and has become one of the important players under Klopp era.
Right wing: Adam Lallana
Lallana was utterly disappointing under Rodgers and has played with vigour and new found swagger under the German. He has 7 goals and 7 assists this season and is becoming an important player in the reds squad.
Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino
One of Liverpool’s best players of the season. He took time to settle but is looking like a perfect player who can bring the glory days back to Anfield. With 11 goals and 9 assists and an impressive work rate, Firmino can form the backbone of the Liverpool’s squad.
Left wing: Philippe Coutinho
The player of the year has delivered yet again and the Reds have to work hard to keep hold off the Brazilian star. He is the second highest scorer for the reds with 12 goals and Klopp will look to build his team around the two Brazilians.
Striker: Daniel Sturridge
The most talented player that the reds have in their squad has done well and scored a massive 13 goals in just 24 games. If he remains fit, Liverpool have a great chance of challenging for the top four.