The most popular footballing league in the world — the Premier League — has a reputation for sporting some of the finest players in the business.
These athletes do everything in their power to elevate the standard of the English top-flight, which, in turn, earns them a significant salary hike and ludicrous market value.
Today, we’ll take a look at 11 such players who have been the most value in the Premier League this season.
Here’s the most expensive XI of the 2019-20 Premier League season:
Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool, £64.80m)
The Liverpool shot-stopper is the first name on our list and deservedly so.
Alisson has been a brick wall for the Reds in front of goal this season, conceding 11 goals and keeping 14 clean sheets as the Merseyside giants won their first Premier League title.
The Brazilian missed a few games with a calf injury, but his absence hasn’t taken a toll on his market value.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool, £89.10m)
21-year-old Liverpool right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a revelation for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the last couple of years.
Rising through the youth ranks of Liverpool, the Englishman has established himself as the undisputed first-choice for the Reds and is well on his way to becoming the best full-back in Europe.
Equally competent in attack and defence, Alexander-Arnold is the most highly-valued defender in the division.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool, £72m)
When Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the winter transfer window of 2018, they probably didn’t expect him to have such a dramatic impact.
In just over two seasons, he has helped Liverpool transform into one of the best teams in Europe, giving them the resolve they needed in the heart of defence.
He’s quick, he’s dynamic, and is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Centre-back: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City, £54m)
Due to niggling injury concerns, the Manchester City center-back has only managed to feature in 10 Premier League fixtures this season.
The long absence has taken a slight toll on his market value, but he remains the most valuable center-back behind Liverpool’s Van Dijk.
Left-back: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool, £57.60m)
The fourth Liverpool player to feature on our list, Andrew Robertson has enjoyed a stellar campaign this season, emerging as one of the key cogs of Jurgen Klopp’s steamroller of a team.
In 29 Premier League appearances, the 26-year-old has racked up one goal and eight assists — an impressive return for a full-back of such a competitive league.
Central midfielder: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, £72m)
Similar to Aymeric Laporte, the Chelsea central midfielder, too, hasn’t had the opportunity to make a significant impact this season.
Struggling with injuries, the former Leicester City man has only appeared in 20 Premier League matches and scored three goals.
Central midfielder: (Manchester United, Paul Pogba – £72m)
N’Golo Kante’s national team-mate, Paul Pogba, too, has had a tumultuous campaign.
Ravaged by injuries and constant transfer rumours, Pogba has been far from his intimidating best this season, which has hurt his market value a great deal.
The Frenchman did manage to win over some doubters with his brilliant performance against Sheffield United, and fans would hope to see more of the same for the remainder of the season.
Right-wing: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, £108m)
During his time with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, Mohamed Salah failed to produce anything tangible and was eventually shipped off to the Serie A.
A couple of stellar seasons later, the Egypt international returned to the Premier League, this time donning Liverpool’s famous red.
This season, Salah has managed to record 17 goals and seven assists.
Attacking midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, £108m)
Another Chelsea reject turned European sensation, Kevin De Bruyne has been the leagues finest architect by a mile.
The Belgium international has been pivotal for Manchester City and has often single-handedly dictated the tempo of their game. He has registered 10 goals and 16 assists in 29 league appearances.
Left-winger: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £115.2m)
Kevin De Bruyne’s Manchester City team-mate, Raheem Sterling is the most valued player in the Premier League and deservedly so.
The 25-year-old has once again enjoyed an impressive campaign — 12 goals and two assists — and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur, £108.0m)
Currently, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most highly-rated striker in the Premier League, and we have no qualms with the verdict.
Yes, he hasn’t been one of the contenders for the Golden Boot — 12 goals and 2 assists in 22 appearances — this season but has certainly exhibited plenty of promise.
This is how the Premier League’s most valuable XI would line up (formation: 4-2-3-1)
Players’ value courtesy: Transfermarkt.co.uk