The Liverpool 20/21 Player Ratings: Goalkeepers and Defence

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By Adam Brown @AdamMNVi Well, we got there in the end. In a season that sent Liverpool fans through every emotion, we can look back on a campaign that was nearly one to forget.  Opponents relished at the fall of the champions after Christmas, but once again, somehow, Jurgen Klopp found a way. After some time to take in what has been a rollercoaster of a season, it’s time to cap off the year with the 20/21 season player ratings. Alisson Becker – 10  Forget the mistakes against Manchester City. Alisson’s performances kept Liverpool in games all season, and just when hopes of the top four were looking to slip away, the Brazilian scored a header in the manner of a prime Mirislav Klose. An immense year from Ali – my player of the season, personally. A generational talent.. Adrian – 6 It’s a lot easier to talk about the Aston Villa game while in 3rd place. *That night* at Villa Park is one to forget for Adrian, but the Spanish goalkeeper ended the season with back to back clean sheets against Ajax and Everton. Caoimhin Kelleher – 7 Not the worst season for the 22-year-old. Kelleher conceded three goals in five games and looked assured. While there’s still a way to go to challenge for the starting spot, the Irish man has done enough to come back next season as the number two.


Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8 Class is permanent. Trent’s form oscillated in the first half of the season but performances against Spurs and Manchester United showed that Liverpool still have one of the best right-backs in the world. Neco Williams – 6  A mixed season for the young full-back. The best is yet to come from the 20-year-old who looks bright going forward and can hopefully develop further defensively under Klopp’s tuition. Virgil van Dijk – 6 A slow start to the season saw Liverpool ship three goals against newly promoted Leeds in a campaign where we didn’t get to see the best of Virgil after his season-ending injury at Goodison Park.  Joe Gomez – 6 Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Liverpool, Joe Gomez went down in training on international duty and was done for the year. The 24-year-old will be back stronger and still has his best years as a central defender ahead of him. Joel Matip – 7 The Cameroonian started just nine games in the Premier League this season as injury problems continue to hamper his progress. When fit, Matip can be trusted against any opponent in the world. Nat Phillips – 9 The most significant player in defence as Phillips battled, sometimes with a head bandage, to maintain some form of consistency at the back. One of the saviours of the season has given Klopp a dilemma; Nat can clearly be trusted in the Liverpool backline, but his standout performances will certainly have caught the eye of teams needing a centre-back in the summer. Ozan Kabak – 7  The Turkish defender added stability to a backline that was desperate and played a big part in Liverpool’s success in the second half of the season. £18 million would be a steal for the 21-year-old, but the arrival of Ibrahima Konate means that money will be invested elsewhere.  Rhys Williams – 7  Centre-backs don’t normally find their prime until late in their careers which means Rhys Williams is performing beyond his years for a 20-year-old. Of course, there were some mistakes, he could work on his pace, but a solid season overall that was capped off with an astute flick on for the opener against Crystal Palace. Andy Robertson – 8 No one deserves a rest more than Andy Robertson with the most minutes played of any player; 4,347 across 50 games and 48 starts. That means the clock ticked 260,820 times during the Scotland captain’s time on the pitch for Liverpool – and now he’s off to the Euros.  Kostas Tsimikas – 5 Just seven Premier League minutes and 227 overall make up an underwhelming debut season for Kostas Tsimikas. His performances for Greece and Olympiakos showed that there is something there – but it’s clear Klopp isn’t liking what he sees in training. Maybe he’s always texting or playing phone games with Xherdan Shaqiri during team meetings – who knows. The Greek defender’s highlight of the season will remain being told off by James Milner in the pre-season friendly.  By Adam Brown @AdamMNVi

Paul, Chris and Jay bring you their in-depth thoughts on Liverpool’s players this season and give them all ratings out of 10. Today they focus on the Goalkeepers and Fullbacks of the squad and see who the top performers were throughout this campaign! Let us know YOUR ratings in the comments below!

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