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Liverpool 2023/24 season review: Ranking players from worst to best

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By Sameer Khan

Let’s take a look at how the Reds’ players fared this season

The 2023/24 season for Liverpool was interesting, to say the least. No one expected the Reds to be very competitive considering they had just overhauled their entire defence last summer. However, Jurgen Klopp and his team gave us some moments to remember.

The team shocked everyone by challenging for a quadruple, what was more shocking was the fact that this was Klopp’s last season. However, Liverpool were embarrassed in the FA Cup and the Europa League. Then a series of terrible games in front of goal made their run for the PL title fall apart in April.

However, the team did manage to win the Carabao Cup. That one trophy means Jurgen Klopp’s final season at Anfield was not spent in vain. Let’s take a look at how the players fared in the 2023/34 season as we rank them from best to worst.

Note: For the relevancy of the sample size of individual performances, we have only rated players within excess of 500 minutes under their belt throughout the year.

Liverpool players ranked from best to worst based on their performance in the 2023/24 season

Matip will be missed at Anfield next season.
Matip will be missed at Anfield next season. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

22) Joel Matip

The team definitely missed the impact of Matip on defence, the 32-year-old went down to a season-ending injury back in December. Unfortunately, his last season at Anfield didn’t go to plan, still, he will be remembered for the insane value he brought despite being a free transfer.

21) Konstantinos Tsimikas

Tsimikas shows a lot of quality at times, however, his lack of playing time contributes to his inconsistency. The 28-year-old got a window of opportunity back when Robertson went down with injuries. However, his string of starts and consistent playing time was interrupted after he broke his collarbone back in Feb. The Greek defender still has more to offer this team.

20) Ibrahima Konate

Konate had the perfect opportunity to become Liverpool’s starting defender this season once Matip went down to injury. However, the Frenchman couldn’t outperform Jarell Quansah and his inconsistency has led to him being lower down the pecking order. If things don’t improve for the 24-year-old he might not have a lot of time left with the Reds.

19) Ryan Grabenberch

Gravenberch was finally starting to look comfortable on the pitch before a poor tackle from Moses Caicedo sent him to the sidelines with ligament damage. While it was not the best of debut seasons, Gravenberch has shown good potential. It’ll be interesting to see what he looks like under Arne Slot next season.

Injuries ruined Alisson's campaign this year.
Injuries ruined Alisson’s campaign this year. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

18) Alisson

It was a bittersweet season for the Brazilian goalkeeper. He played some amazing football when he was available making save after save. However, injuries made him miss a major part of the action. Hopefully, next season will be more consistent for the Brazilian goalkeeper.

17) Caoimhin Kelleher

Kelleher benefitted from Alisson’s luck with injuries this season and saw a ton of consistent football during the early stages. However, his efforts in the Europa League left a lot to be desired and eventually saw the Reds fall too far behind Atalanta. But, that shouldn’t dismiss Kelleher’s quality, he could easily be starting for multiple clubs in the Premier League.

16) Curtis Jones

When Curtis Jones plays he is one of the best players in the lineup. His intensity at pressing high and work rate on the pitch are admirable qualities. However, a series of suspensions and injuries made him suffer this season as he even missed the Carabao Cup final. Hopefully, Jones can get back to his best when the next season kicks off.

Robertson is still going strong at 30. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Robertson is still going strong at 30. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

15) Andrew Robertson

Robertson was at his absolute best when the season started off. However, an unfortunate injury sidelined the 30-year-old for a good part of the season. Despite his struggles, Robertson finished the season strong and there’s no doubt he’ll be back next season.

14) Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez was kind of a unicorn for Jurgen Klopp this season. The 26-year-old’s versatility was counted on throughout Liverpool’s campaign and he met every challenge head-on and gave a strong performance. Gomez is invaluable to the team.

13) Cody Gakpo

Gakpo struggled to find consistency this season and his injury at the very start set the tone for the rest of the campaign. To make matters worse for him, Nunez’s brilliance saw him fall down the pecking order as Darwin is now the first choice number 9. But he did not have an average season and managed to score 16 goals for the team. Still, Gakpo’s performance fell flat of what the fans expected.

Jarell Quansah earned himself a place in England's squad for the EUROs with his performance this season
Jarell Quansah earned himself a place in England’s squad for the EUROs with his performance this season

12) Jarell Quansah

Jarell Quansah was the biggest surprise for Liverpool this season. Following a string of injuries the team found itself strapped for options and 21-year-old Quansah stood tall. He went on to play 31 games and has risen through the ranks thanks to his excellent performance. The future is bright for the English defender.

11) Dominik Sziboszlai

Szoboszlai showed excellent signs during the beginning of the season. However, with the wear and tear that follows meant the 23-year-old gradually slowed down come January. Despite his struggles, Dominik has had an excellent beginning and he managed to rack up 11 goal contributions this season. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts under Arne Slot.

10) Wataru Endo

Wataru Endo might’ve been the best signing Jurgen Klopp made last summer. The 31-year-old is a genius when it comes to locking down the middle of the pitch. Klopp has even described the player as a ‘machine’ for his insane work rate. It was an excellent campaign for Endo and without him covering the backline, the team would’ve looked a lot worse.

Diogo Jota is one of the best finishers in the Premier League when he's healthy.
Diogo Jota is one of the best finishers in the Premier League when he’s healthy.

9) Diogo Jota

If Diogo Jota had been fit the entire season, Liverpool might’ve been able to send Jurgen Klopp off with a quadruple. His composure in front of goal was sorely missed as the team fell apart during the latter stages of the season. Despite his injury struggles, Jota managed to rack up 15 goals for himself this season.

8) Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez has made tremendous progress and has now solidified himself as Liverpool’s first-choice number 9. However, his lack of composure led to a lot of grief for the Liverpool fans who went from anticipating a quadruple to winning only the Carabao Cup. Nunez will be a world-class talent if he can be more clinical with his finishing. It was a good season for the 24-year-old, but it left a bad taste in the mouths of his fans.

7) Conor Bradley

20-year-old Conor Bradley was an absolute ray of sunshine for Liverpool this season. The English RB showed immense potential and almost looks like a Jr. Trent. Despite playing as an RB Bradley chimed in with seven-goal contributions. It’ll be interesting to see how the 20-year-old develops next season.

It'll be interesting to see how Trent's game evolves after Klopp's departure.
It’ll be interesting to see how Trent’s game evolves after Klopp’s departure.

6) Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to prove himself time and time again. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be available for some of the team’s most important games this season. Trent missed a total of 25 games due to injury including the EFL Cup final and the FA Cup quarter-finals. If he hadn’t picked up an injury in Feb the team might’ve won more trophies.

5) Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz is an excellent dribbler and his ability to penetrate put Liverpool in threatening positions the entire season. However, Diaz is still poor at finishing his chances. Diaz scored 13 goals and had an excellent campaign for Liverpool, however, he could’ve done a lot more if he hadn’t been half as wasteful with his opportunities.

4) Harvey Elliot

Harvey Elliot was another bright light for Liverpool this season. The 21-year-old played a total of 53 games for the team while making 15 goal contributions. Elliot is ready for the next step and should get more minutes from next season. 2023/24 has been a sensational campaign for 21-year-old Elliot.

Another stellar campaign for Virgil van Dijk
Another stellar campaign for Virgil van Dijk

3) Virgil van Dijk

If it wasn’t for Virgil van Dijk Liverpool would’ve sent Jurgen Klopp off without any trophies in his final season. He was pivotal to the team’s efforts throughout the campaign, even though the team’s defence was ripped apart during the most important games, Van Dijk isn’t to blame. Despite being 32 the Dutchman is still one of the best defenders in the world.

2) Alexis Mac Allister

Alexis played 46 games for the team recording a total of seven goals and seven assists. It was thanks to his excellent command over the midfield that when paired with Wataru Endo kept Liverpool in the title race till the end of April. Mac Allister has easily become Liverpool’s most important player in just his first game season at Anfield.

1) Mo Salah

While it was an underwhelming season for his standards, Mo Salah was still Liverpool’s best player this season. He made an astonishing 38 goal contributions which really shows just how high he has set the bar for himself. But it has to be said that if Salah had been more consistent during the team’s most important games, Liverpool would’ve won more than one trophy. However, they might not have been contesting for four if he wasn’t as good as he has been.

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With Arne Slot coming in there will surely be a series of changes being made to the team. It’ll be interesting to see how the Dutch manager kicks off his era at Anfield next season.