Player of the Season 2016-17

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Player of the season

  1. Mignolet

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  2. Karius

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Milner

    5 vote(s)
    6.4%
  4. Moreno

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Clyne

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  6. Alexander-Arnold

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Matip

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  8. Lovren

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Klavan

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  10. Lucas

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  11. Henderson

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  12. Can

    1 vote(s)
    1.3%
  13. Lallana

    9 vote(s)
    11.5%
  14. Wijnaldum

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  15. Coutinho

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Firmino

    20 vote(s)
    25.6%
  17. Mane

    34 vote(s)
    43.6%
  18. Origi

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. Sturridge

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. rupzzz

    rupzzz TIA Regular

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    The goal scoring forwards always get the votes...and Mane has been awesome, as has Firmino. Truth be told, Coutinho has disappointed a bit this season - guess I just expected more from him that he's provided.

    I chose Milner. He has made the LB position his own, and imo, led by example through being a model professional. He's been awesome from the spot also. Unsung hero in my book.
     
  2. kipland007

    kipland007 TIA Youth Team Valued Member

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    There's plenty of ways to cut "Player of the Season," but I think in my view of overall contribution to the teams success, Firmino is our most valuable player this season. Mane is a close second and then Clyne as a somewhat distant third, mainly for his consistency and ability to put in a ridiculous amount of minutes and maintain a consistent level.

    The case for Firmino: he's logged the most minutes of any attacking players by some margin (about 500 according to WhoScored). He's also been instrumental to the way we've played this season. I think a lot of people, myself included, would be surprised at how he has really made the center forward position his own this year and our attacking play has improved overall without a "recognized" forward like Sturridge or Origi. He is a really relentless player when leading the line and possesses a surprising amount of skills - not just his vision and skill on the ball but his strength and ability to head the ball well.

    The biggest thing for Firmino with me is that he just seems to have that indescribable ability to win us games. He absolutely pulled us out of a 1-0 deficit to Swansea and did the same thing in the reverse fixture, although it didn't matter because our defense capitulated. He did the same thing against WBA this past weekend, as well as scoring the winning goal in a nervy Stoke game in December and then a fantastic winner this spring. When he isn't adding these key goals, he still has a meaningful impact on games with his pressing and relentless work.

    The case for Mane: I think he's our most exciting player to watch and has really added a new element to our attacking play. His impact on the team can't really be overstated, and I am very excited to see what we'll be like with another player of similar attributes. The only reasons I picked Firmino ahead of him are stated above - Firmino's overall grafting and ability to stay fit and available the full season just seem a little more significant to me. That said, this is Mane's first year and I'm excited to see what he brings to us.

    Other honorable mentions:

    Clyne - a very consistent player and solved our right back problems. Often under appreciated I think and not overly exciting but a great option to have him here for the next few years.

    Lallana - a player I've been critical of but has elevated his performances in Klopp's new system. Main reason for not considering him in the top tier is that he still seems to be a player who really performs when our team is clicking, but doesn't do a great deal to pull us up when we're struggling.

    Coutinho - still a great player and one of my favorite to watch, but hasn't really elevated his performances in the last year or so. Still has a handful of absolutely brilliant games a year, and is generally a really top attacking player, with the occasional lull in form. Probably left out of most peoples lists because of a bit of inconsistency and not becoming an absolute world beater, but I still hope he's got another level in him and that he finds it with us.

    Milner - while I'm appreciative of what he's done this season and think he's been a good member of the squad, I think the fanfare around his performances are a little overblown. He's demonstrated a willingness to adapt even at 30 which I think is admirable, but he's nowhere near my list for player of the season. Consistency and his hard-working attitude shouldn't be overlooked but they also can't really compare with some of the talented players we have.
     
  3. Isle

    Isle Member

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    Very well said. Could not agree more. I love Milner's work ethic and athletic conditioning but I've also always considered him overrated as a player. I respect and appreciate that he accepted to play LB (out of necessity) but the ironic truth is that he's a very average midfielder. A try-hard plug. So I'm not sure he'd even make the field if it wasn't for his acceptance to learn/play a new position.
     
  4. Nikola

    Nikola Optimist with a bit of experience. Admin

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    In my opinion, this kind of attitude is a player's biggest quality. In modern football, it matters more if you fit than if you're good enough. Milner made sure he fit into Klopp's plans when he could have sulked his way into some lower placed club where Liverpool would have to compensate him for the rest of his contract. Let's see if he can continue his form beyond this point - I don't think he was our best player this season but he surprised with his performances up to now. I wouldn't mind Liverpool getting another such bargain, regardless of position.
     
  5. Isle

    Isle Member

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    Correct. I agree completely with you. You are saying the same thing I am. Just using different words.
     

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