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How Liverpool could lineup in the 2020-21 season

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Modified 12 Sep 2020, 02:54 IST
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Defence

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the most gifted players of his age group
Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the most gifted players of his age group

Trent Alexander-Arnold is vital to the way Liverpool play, with the young right-back the creative hub of Jurgen Klopp's side. The 21-year-old is widely regarded as the best player in the world in his position and has enjoyed two outstanding seasons with his boyhood club, as he continues to go from strength to strength.

Known for his pinpoint cross and passing range, Alexander-Arnold is also a set-piece expert and has drawn comparisons with the legendary David Beckham for his style of play.

The young Scouser was recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year for his exploits in Liverpool's title-winning season, as he chipped in with a stunning tally of four goals and 13 assists in the league.


Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk is the benchmark for players in his position
Virgil van Dijk is the benchmark for players in his position
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A prominent name on the team sheet, Virgil van Dijk is by far the best defender in world football at the moment. The majestic Dutchman has no glaring weaknesses to his game and has vindicated Liverpool's faith in him in spectacular fashion.

After signing for a world-record fee in January 2018, Van Dijk made an immediate impact at Anfield and transformed Liverpool's leaky backline into one of the best in the world.

The Dutchman was an ever-present in the Premier League last season, as the Reds stormed to the league title by a margin of 18 points. Van Dijk was also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award for the second season running and chipped in with four goals, proving that he is capable of winning games on both ends of the pitch.


Centre-back: Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez is the ideal candidate to play alongside Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool
Joe Gomez is the ideal candidate to play alongside Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool
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While Joel Matip is also a candidate to start alongside Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez's skillset complements the Dutchman perfectly, due to which he gets the nods. The young Englishman has improved leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp and become a key player for the Reds, having played a pivotal role in the title run-in.

Liverpool essentially had the Premier League title wrapped up before lockdown and Gomez performed exceptionally well to keep his place ahead of Dejan Lovren and Matip. Although he endured a difficult spell towards the end of the season, the 23-year-old is an excellent defender and is valued highly by club and country.

Gomez is an experienced campaigner despite what his age suggests and is set to enter his sixth season with the Reds.


Left-back: Andy Robertson

Andy Robertson is an indispensable member of the Liverpool squad
Andy Robertson is an indispensable member of the Liverpool squad

Andy Robertson's rise from the lower leagues in Scotland to Premier League champion has been quite the story. The tenacious defender has made the left-back spot his own since moving to Liverpool from Hull City in 2017 and is one of the best players in the world in his position.

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Signed for a meagre fee of Β£7m, Robertson took his time to get going but has quickly become an indispensable member of Klopp's team. Known for his diligent work rate and doggedness, the Scotsman is one of the best crossers of the ball and has also been lauded for his energy and stamina.

Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas' arrived at the club this summer to provide competition for Robertson, but the Scotsman is a key player for the Reds and is a guaranteed starter as things stand.


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Published 12 Sep 2020, 02:54 IST
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