Who is the MVP of Liverpool’s Premier League title winning team? Big Debate

Who is the MVP of Liverpool’s Premier League title winning team? Big Debate

Liverpool sealed the Premier League title from the comfort of an undisclosed location in the city, where the players had a BBQ and partied into the early hours of the morning. Jurgen Klopp and his players were watching the action as Chelsea beat Manchester City to confirm the title was theirs. But who has been their best player of the season?

There are many contenders for Liverpool’s player of the season – Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold – but in truth it’s been a huge team effort, with Klopp the mastermind.

But if you did have to pick an MVP, who would you go for?

That’s the task we gave our reporters, and this was the response we got…


Jim Holden – Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson was crucial to Liverpool’s title charge, a relentless leader, pushing them through the tough periods in matches which all teams endure.

Obviously, there are more talented and skilful team-mates, players who score more goals, and who are more easy on the eye. But Henderson is one of those players, like glue, who stick the team together. They are essential, if too often under-valued.

When he was injured, the team’s form dipped, and that was no coincidence. The leader on the pitch, the one with the booming voice, is always missed.

Nobody deserves to lift the Premier League trophy more than Henderson.


Liverpool: Who was Liverpool’s MVP this season? (Image: GETTY)


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is one of the leading candidates for player of the year (Image: GETTY)

Ryan Taylor – Jordan Henderson

I’m going with Jordan Henderson. The captain has simply gone to another level this season.

His leadership and absurd fitness levels have embodied the spirit in the Liverpool changing room. The Reds have continued to go again and there has not been a tinge of complacency.

Henderson has not once talked about the title and followed the old cliche of taking each game as it comes. But given that it soon became obvious Liverpool were the runaway winners this season, the midfielder has kept the team on the ground alongside James Milner.

Furthermore, he has also popped up with several crucial goals in tight wins over Tottenham and Wolves. Many have questioned his ability but now he is a Liverpool legend.

Bruce Archer – Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk took Liverpool to the level where they could challenge for the title. It was his signing that put them in position, while Alisson was the last piece of the puzzle to finally plug their goal closed. Liverpool’s Premier League triumph has been built from the back in that regard, allowing the front men to flourish and destroy teams.

And while it’s hard to overlook Jordan Henderson’s contribution, if you had to remove one player from the team to make them weaker, it would surely be Van Dijk.

He is their MVP and would be the hardest player to replace. That’s not saying it would be easy to replace the likes of Trent AA, Andy Robertson, Mo Salah, Robberto Firmino or Sadio Mane – but Van Dijk is peerless in defence.

You get the feeling if Liverpool lost one of their front three they could get by and find a suitable replacement. The midfield is so fluid, Henderson isn’t even guaranteed a start every week, but at the back VVD is the mainstay, that’s why he gets my vote.


Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been one of the club’s top performers (Image: GETTY)

Gideon Brooks – Trent Alexander-Arnold

Jurgen Klopp expects a lot from his full backs and neither Trent Alexander Arnold nor Andy Robertson have disappointed during this brilliant league campaign.

But where Robertson has not quite hit the same eye-catching heights of the Champions League winning season in 2018-19, his right back has been my standout player.

Alexander-Arnold has scored three goals and provided the biggest number of assists (12) going forward.

In defence he ranks third behind only Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in terms of tackles, second only to Virgil Van Dijk in terms of clearances and has shown great anticipation with the greatest number of interceptions.

Who is the MVP of Liverpool's Premier League title winning team? Big Debate

Who is the MVP of Liverpool’s Premier League title winning team? Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Konstantinos Lianos – Virgil van Dijk 

Liverpool were by far the best team in the Premier League this season and Jurgen Klopp’s squad is now among the greatest ever in the competition’s history.

When it comes to the title of MVP there are so many players to choose from as the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been on fire up front, Jordan Henderson is having the best season of his life, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are brilliant on the wings and Alisson inspires immense confidence between the sticks.

However, the Reds’ stand-out player this season has been none other than Virgil van Dijk as he is the main reason why the Merseysiders have conceded the fewest goals out of every other Premier League team this season.

Van Dijk has been unbeatable at the back as he got the better of strikers like Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and more throughout this campaign.

The Netherlands international has also provided a threat in attack, especially from set-pieces, as he scored four goals in the Premier League – not a bad stat for a centre-back.

The 28-year-old has completed more passes than anyone else this season and has proven to be one of the few defenders in the world. That is essential in the manager’s tactical plan as his sublime passing has contributed hugely to Liverpool’s possession game.

Van Dijk did not get complacent after finishing second behind Lionel Messi in the 2019 Ballon d’Or list and proved this season that he has a lot more to give to Liverpool in the coming years.

Who is the MVP of Liverpool's Premier League title winning team? Big Debate

Who is the MVP of Liverpool’s Premier League title winning team? Big Debate (Image: GETTY)

Charlie Malam – Sadio Mane

It’s pretty tough to pick a single player out of this team that contributes more than the rest but this season, Sadio Mane’s contributions have been absolutely vital.

Mane’s exploits in the last-gasp November win at Aston Villa are as important as any other moment in Liverpool’s season – up there with the likes of the win away at Wolves, the Boxing Day drubbing of Leicester and the home win over Manchester United.

The 28-year-old delivered the cross for Andy Robertson’s 87th-minute equaliser before heading in an excellent 94th-minute winner from a corner. If not for those two goals, City would’ve moved within three points of the Merseyside club just a week before hosting Pep Guardiola’s men at Anfield.

As it happens, Mane stepped up when Liverpool desperately needed him and a week later, the Reds were nine points clear. They never looked back. Villa away was a major milestone in the season.

Outside of that one match, the Senegalese winger has often been Liverpool’s liveliest attacking player and it’s no surprise his longest drought without a goal contribution in the Premier League this season was just three games.

His 15 goals and seven assists have been spread across the campaign and contributions such as winners at home to Wolves and West Ham and away at Norwich have meant that Liverpool have never given City a sniff. Now he’ll be looking to match the 22-goal tally he mustered last season. 

Published at Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:11:00 +0000