The Premier League is currently suspended due to coronavirus outbreak but it could resume from 12th June. The league campaign has been dominated by Liverpool and they have a 25-point advantage over the second-placed and defending champions Manchester City.
As a result, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that several Liverpool players will easily make it to the Premier League Team of the Season. However, the season has been dazzled by other players from different teams as well.
Without further ado, let’s straight dive into our Premier League XI of the season.
Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)
Dean Henderson, in his first season in the Premier League, has made a name for himself with several outstanding performances between the sticks for Sheffield United. Although Liverpool fans are likely to disagree with this pick, Allison Becker would perhaps be our choice had he remained injury-free.
Henderson has appeared 27 times in the league for the Blades this season, managing 10 clean sheets and conceding just 22 goals. His performances are one of the major reasons behind the newly-promoted Sheffield United team pushing for a European spot.
The 23-year-old, who is on loan from Manchester United, looks destined to be a future England and Manchester United regular if he keeps on putting in impressive displays.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
The England international is arguably the best right-back in the country currently. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who joined Liverpool’s academy, aged six, hasn’t looked back since making his first-team debut for the club in 2016.
The 21-year-old has made 29 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring twice and providing 12 assists!
Alexander-Arnold possesses all the attributes to become a future superstar for both club and country. Although the youngster has been great going forward, he needs to work on his defensive game.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk, who finished runner-up for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, is arguably the best defender in the world at present. He has completely transformed Liverpool’s defence since joining the Reds in a mega-money deal from Southampton in January 2018.
Despite Liverpool enduring a mini dip in form before the season got stalled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dutchman has been solid at the heart of the Reds’ defence.
Van Dijk possesses blistering pace, is physically strong and is a very good reader of the game, in addition to being comfortable on the ball.
The 28-year-old is also one of the main reasons behind Liverpool having the best defensive record in the Premier League this season. Moreover, he has managed to score four times which shows that he is also a threat in the opposition box.
Centre-back: Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Since moving to Manchester United from Leicester City in a big-money deal last summer, Harry Maguire has justified his price tag with a number of key performances for the Red Devils. The England international, who was given the captain’s arm-band by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Ashely Young departed for Inter Milan in January, has been a commanding figure at the back for the Old Trafford outfit.
Maguire may not be as quick as Van Dijk but he is one of the best ball-playing defenders in the Premier League. He is good in the year and has managed to win 136 aerial duels – the third-best in the league for a defender after James Tarkowski and Van Dijk.
The 27-year-old has made 29 Premier League appearances this season, helping his side to keep eight clean sheets.
Left-back: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who have formed a formidable full-back partnership for Liverpool for the last two seasons, have been key to the Merseysiders’ success in Europe and in England, with the Reds on the brink of winning their maiden Premier League title.
Robertson has made 28 appearances in the league this season, helping Liverpool to keep nine shutouts. The Scot has been exceptional on the other end of the pitch as well, scoring once and providing seven assists.
The 26-year-old is a tireless runner, who is very good on the ball. Robertson’s movements without the ball and his link-up play with Liverpool’s front three makes him a great threat to the opposition teams.
Defensive midfielder: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)
Wilfred Ndidi remains one of the most underrated players in the Premier League and his absence through injury coincided with Leicester City’s dip in form. The Nigerian international is one of the most important players for his team and stats show just why. Ndidi does all the dirty work and is the midfielder with the most number of tackles and interceptions in the Premier League even after missing six games this season.
He is a key reason behind the Foxes currently occupying the third spot in the league table. Besides providing a cover to Leicester’s defence, Ndidi has also chipped in with a goal and two assists in 23 Premier League games this season.
Central midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
Jack Grealish is one of the best English talents in the Premier League. A lifelong Aston Villa fan, he has impressed everyone with his splendid performances this season. He has been one of the rare shining lights for the Villans, who have really struggled and could get relegated at the end of the campaign.
Grealish has drifted between a role in central midfield and left-wing and has excelled at both positions. He has played 26 times in the league this season, scoring seven times and setting up six more – his best returns in a single Premier League campaign. And we can certainly expect him to add to his numbers once the league resumes.
However, it remains to be seen if his exploits on the pitch help Aston Villa to avoid the dreaded journey back to the Championship.
Central midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne, who is arguably one of the best midfielders in the world at present, hasn’t looked back since joining Manchester City from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015. The Belgian is a hard-working midfielder and is a treat to watch while going forward, but his defensive work can’t be undermined too.
He is always looking to play the pass which will unlock the opposition defence. Despite Manchester City struggling in the Premier League, De Bruyne is enjoying a fantastic season.
The 28-year-old has turned out 26 times in the league, netting eight goals and providing 16 assists – the highest in the division.
Right-wing: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
When Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah from Roma in the summer of 2017, not many predicted the impact he was going to make at Anfield. A quick, mobile, and hard-working player with an eye for goal, the Egyptian is a versatile forward who likes to cut inside from the right-wing and have a go at the goal.
He is also played as a striker by Jurgen Klopp. Salah, who has also been deployed as a striker by Jurgen Klopp at times, has scored 16 goals and provided six assists in 26 Premier League matches in the present campaign.
Most of his goals have been decisive for Liverpool, who are on the verge of lifting their maiden Premier League title. When in full flow, Salah is a treat to the eyes.
Left-wing: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
The current holder of the African Player of the Year award, Sadio Mane is enjoying another brilliant campaign so far. He is as vital a player for Liverpool as Mohamed Salah. Mane has been often described as a complete player because of his versatility.
The Senegal international’s main traits include finishing, speed, technique and dribbling when he is in possession of the ball. Mane has played 26 Premier League games so far this season, contributing with 14 goals and nine assists.
With a shooting accuracy of 48% and pure poacher-like instincts inside the box, he is a huge threat to any team from anywhere in the field.
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Considered one of the best strikers in world football at the moment, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since joining the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. Known for his pace, finishing and off the ball movements, the Gabonese has carried Arsenal single-handedly at times this season.
Aubameyang’s 17 goals in 26 Premier League appearances this term is the main reason behind Arsenal still having an outside chance of finishing in the top four, rather than worrying about relegation.
He is currently second in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot, just two shy of top goalscorer Jamie Vardy.