It has been a challenging season for Jurgen Klopp’s side as the Reds have fallen short of their fans’ expectations till now as compared to the last season. Nevertheless, the defending champions are still not out of contention to make it to the top 4 as currently, they are at the 6th position with 40 points. Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Everton FC on 20th February came as a setback. Although Liverpool FC is going through a challenging period the Anfield side has produced some bright performances.
In this piece, we are about to focus on the performances of 5 players who have stood firm with some inspiring performances. The players mentioned in the list have left a positive impression which has been beneficial for the side. These players differ in their role and specializations depending on their strategic thinking, tactical awareness, technique, physicality and temperament. Although these players possess different style of play they have performed well during crunch moments.
These players have also managed to change their style of play according to the opposition’s game which is creditable. Jurgen Klopp will hope for a consistent effort from his side in the remaining matches which will help the Reds make it to the top 4. We take a look at 5 Liverpool players who have impressed the most this season so far.
#1 Mohammed Salah
The 29-year-old has delivered some commanding performances in the ongoing Premier League season and is looking in prime form. Mohammed Salah has registered 17 goals in 24 games so far in the ongoing season with 3 assists to his name. Salah has been a driving force for Liverpool in the forward line.
The former AS Roma player has been quite incisive inside the box with his speed and dribbling. His deceptive runs have often outclassed the best defences. The Egyptian has looked authoritative with his ability to hold the ball. Salah has got this unique ability to operate from both sides of the flanks due to which the opponents have found it difficult to track his clever movements.
Salah normally plays as a right-winger but can also play as a second striker. His finishing too has looked absolutely superlative. Mohamed Salah will surely be a key figure in Liverpool’s campaign in the remaining part of the season. Salah has combined well with striker Sadio Mane who plays on the left-wing. Salah has also scored 4 goals in 7 Champions League games so far this season with 1 assist to his name.
#2 Sadio Mane
The ’29-year-old’ has infused a lot of fluidity and aggression in this Liverpool FC outfit. His electric pace combined with his crafty dribbles can breach any strong defence on his day. Sadio Mane’s presence has upgraded the quality of Liverpool’s forward line since his arrival at Anfield.
The former Southampton FC player has got this knack of creating chances with his quick movements. The Senegalese International has been a deadly operator during set-pieces. Sadio Mane has also linked up quite well with midfielders Jordon Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum and James Milner. He has colluded well with the striker Mohammad Salah too.
Mane has been a threat during counter-attacks while his speed and pace are unstoppable. Mane is a match-winner who can win a game with his individual brilliance. Sadio Mane has scored 7 goals in 22 games in the ongoing Premier League season and has been involved in 4 assists. The winger has also netted 2 goals in 7 Champions League games so far this season with 1 assist to his name.
#3 Roberto Firminio
Roberto Firminio has been a penetrative option offensively as well as defensively. The charismatic forward offers depth in this Liverpool squad because of his ability to double up as an attacking midfielder. The ’29-year-old’ has registered 6 goals in 25 games in the ongoing Premier League season with 5 assists to his name. His aggressive runs combined with his ability to open up the gaps in the opposition’s midfield has looked threatening.
The Brazilian has always been good in winning aerial duels and has been precise with his passes. Firmino has teamed up well with the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the forward line forming a dangerous frontline partnership. Jurgen Klopp has employed a much stronger midfield lineup which has helped Roberto Firminio to play his attacking game as a striker. Roberto Firminio has looked good on the flanks too. Although Firmino has played well in patches he has not let his intensity down and has upped the level of competitiveness within their team that has pushed his teammates to do well.
#4 Diogo Jota
Jota’s recent transfer from Wolverhampton FC has added pace and robustness in the midfield. The Portuguese has scored 5 goals in 9 games for Liverpool in the ongoing season. The 24-year-old has also netted 4 goals in 6 Champions League games so far this season.
The former Wolverhampton FC player has settled quickly in this Liverpool outfit and has shown impressive adaptability during pressure situations. Jota has played a supporting role for Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane in terms of creating more opportunities. His instinctive movements have often put the opposition’s defence under a lot of pressure. Jota has shown fine control when it comes to scoring through set-pieces.
#5 Andrew Robertson
Robertson’s all-round qualities and intelligence have proved to be vital for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Scotland International is stepping up in the absence of star defender Virgil Van Dijk. The 26-year-old can keep the ball in possession with his clever ball circulation and control.
The former Hull City FC player can create chances with some sublime long-range passing skills. Due to Robertson’s technique, he can also be employed as a midfielder. The midfielder has notched up 1 goal in 25 games so far this season but has contributed with 5 assists. His clever positioning makes him a healthy scoring option during set-pieces. Robertson’s fine communication with Trent Alexander Arnold has added more solidity in defence.