Player Ratings: The 2018/19 Season

With the 2019/20 fixtures set to be released tomorrow, The Anfield Talk’s Chris (@EmreCanderson) was given the enviable task of rating everyone who’s played last season…

Liverpool’s 2018/19 campaign was a good one. It saw the Reds finish their Premier League campaign with a record point haul of 97 points, finishing one point shy of League winners Manchester City.

Disappointment of coming up short in the Premier League was short lived, though, as the Reds travelled to Madrid for the Champions League final. A 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur saw them return to Liverpool with the European Cup for the sixth time, crowing off a great season.

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Anyway, the ratings…

The Goalkeepers
Alisson Becker- 9/10

Alisson has had a great season, making plenty of crucial saves helping Liverpool on their way to a record points total and their sixth Champions League. He is a major reason that Liverpool win the Champions League, with his point blank save against Napoli allowing the Reds to progress through the groups.

One minor blight on his otherwise spotless record would be the goal he conceded against Leicester, where his fancy footwork got himself into trouble and he conceded as a result.
Simon Mignolet- 7/10
Played one game, the 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. I gave him a seven for that game so he must’ve been alright.

The Defenders
Nathaniel Clyne- 6.5/10

Played against Chelsea in the cup defeat and wasn’t great. Got loaned to Bournemouth.
Joe Gomez- 7/10
I hadn’t thought he’d played that much this season so was surprised to see he’d played 16 games in the league. Did a good job, as ever, and his injuries are a shame, as ever. Hope he can kick on and not get injured next season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold- 9/10
He’s been one of the best fullbacks in Europe this season, notching a record number of assists.

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Virgil van Dijk- 10/10
Undisputedly the Reds’ Player of the Season. Wasn’t dribbled past a single time in an entire season which is a frankly mental stat.

There’s too many van Dijk moments of quality to highlight, as he played a massive role in helping Liverpool to their total of 97 points and winning the Champions League. It’s absolutely remarkable that he’s has such a good season and you can’t point to any mistakes he’s made.
Joel Matip- 8/10
Didn’t have a great start and I’d maintained my position of being happy to swap him for a chocolate biscuit. Had a much better second half of the season, and ended strongly with good performances in the Champions League.
Dejan Lovren- 7/10
Think he did an alright job on the whole, nothing special. Scored a cracking goal against Newcastle in December.
Andrew Robertson- 9/10
He’s also one of the best fullbacks in Europe, and his crossing ability is virtually second to none. Made some cracking assists throughout the season. Absolutely sent Messi’s head at Anfield.
Alberto Moreno- 5/10
Played one game – surprise surprise, the Chelsea cup loss – and got absolutely rinsed by Eden Hazard for one of their goals. Left on a free. In a bit Albie, lad.

The Midfielders
Georginio Wijnaldum- 7/10

Started the season strongly but faded in the middle. Had several of those games where he doesn’t really do anything and has fewer touches than the goalkeeper. Ended strongly, with some good performances and two goals against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi final.
James Milner- 7/10
I think Milner had a decent season overall. Nothing standout from him, but the usual level of performance you’ve come to expert from him. Retained his title of king of social media.

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Jordan Henderson- 9/10
Had a bit of a wobble around the turn of the new year but once he was moved forward and released from his number six role he was like a brand new player. Some excellent performances followed. Lifted the European Cup. Some boy.
Fabinho- 9/10
Think he had a bit of a slow start, and was particularly poor against Chelsea in the league cup. That said, he got up to pace pretty quickly and made himself one of the first names on the team sheet.
Naby Keïta- 7/10
Seemed to play well against southern teams that played in shades of red early on but started to struggle as the season wore on. Had his injury troubles too, but started to build up some for at the tail end of the season and bagged a couple of goals.
Xherdan Shaqiri- 6/10
At £13m he looked a snip, and looked good as he scored two against Manchester United to win Liverpool the three points. Failed to really have much of an impact after that.
Adam Lallana- N/A
Was injured. Was rubbish. Was injured. And repeat.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 10/10
Played 19 minutes and every single one of them was glorious. European Champion.

The Forwards
Daniel Sturridge- 7.5/10

Notched a goal within seconds on the opening day, scored a last minute screamer against Chelsea in the league game, and got the Champions League campaign off to a great start with a header against PSG.

Going to really miss Daniel Sturridge and him doing The Arms. Love you Dan x.

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Divock Origi- 8/10
Quite mad but he’s done a remarkable job for the Reds this season. Scored the maddest goal I’ve ever seen against the Ev, nabbed a late winner against the Toon, scored two against Barcelona in the greatest Anfield night ever and then scored the second in the final. Big game player.

Football without Origi is nothing.
Roberto Firmino- 7/10
I don’t think he’s been as good this season as he has in previous seasons, though that might be a harsh judgement. Still, a good season from him on the whole and some important goals, like the late winner against PSG. Looking forward to seeing his very drunk summer all over Instagram.
Sadio Mané- 9/10
A phenomenal player, and a wonderful season from him. Highlights include sending Neuer for a pallet of Echo’s, that backheel goal and winning a penalty after 26 seconds of the Champions League final. Is right.
Mohamed Salah- 9/10
Once again, a delightful season from the Egyptian King. There was a bit of a drop in form part way through the season but any other player would be lauded if they had the season Salah’s just had. Was made up to see him score that stunner against Chelsea.

Let’s talk about six, baby, but let’s dream of seven and of nineteen. Let’s never stop in the quest to be the best football team in the world. With seven trophies up for grabs next season, lets win the fucking lot.

Up the Reds.

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