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What is Liverpool's best starting eleven?

Tuesday 28th February 2017
Liverpool's title chances are all but over, but their race for a top 4 finish is still very much on. Having improved greatly since last season, Jurgen Klopp's side have been playing some extremely attractive football this campaign.

With that said, the German has been made to shuffle his squad around a fair bit this season due to a mix of injury and poor form. So what is Liverpool's best starting eleven?
GK - Karius.  Despite making mistakes at the beginning of the season leading to Klopp opting to use Mignolet instead, Karius easily has the most potential of the two. His youth and inexperience in England haven't served him well as yet, but like with Manchester United's David De Gea, were he given chance he'd surely overtake the Belgian.

LB - Milner.  The natural midfielder has been a real team player this season, having taken the reins of the left back position after a number of poor performances from Alberto Moreno.

CB - Lovren.  Though Lucas and Klavan have also played alongside Matip this season, Lovren has perhaps given the best performances, with an average match rating of 7.12 over 20 appearances.

CB - Matip.  Easily the Reds' best centre back this season, and a fantastic signing from Klopp, it's largely down to Matip that Liverpool's defensive woes haven't been even worse this season.
RB - Clyne.  One of the best right backs in the league, behind maybe only Bellerin and Walker, the former Southampton man is just as good going forward as he is going backwards. Week in, week out, the Englishman is undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet.

LM - Wijnaldum.  Wijnaldum perfectly complements Lallana on the opposite wing, with effective dribbling and key passing being a big part of his game, Wijnaldum is another great example of Jurgen Klopp's successful summer business.

CM - Henderson.  Henderson's form took a bit of a dip last season after his return from injury, but during the skipper's better performances this season, his work ethic, long passes and vision have seen him play in a manner reminiscent of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

RM - Lallana.  Lallana's style and flair have been more than evident since his days at Southampton, but what his game has lacked in recent seasons has been an end product. With 7 goals and 7 assists so far this season, he's now one of the side's most complete players.
LF - Coutinho.  The Brazilian has missed a fair chunk of this season through injury, but despite a lack of game time, he's managed to impress with goals and decision making in the final third, with Barcelona been linked very heavily in a £60m move for the number 10.

CF - Firmino.  Firmino has been preferred to Sturridge and Origi this season, despite not being an out and out striker. His willingness and ability to adapt his game paired with his movement off the ball have seen him make 24 league starts this season.

RF - Mane.  11 goals and 4 assists in 22 league appearances, Sadio Mane has proved to be one of the signings of the summer. His pace, energy and instinct in front of goal have really added something to Liverpool's game, and are a big part of why they've been so delightful to watch.
Daniel Felix Hobson

I'm a 20-year-old film student and writer of all things football.


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