by Sam Patterson (@sam0007ster)
Liverpool are champions. And now they have the medals (and the trophy) to prove it. It’s been a long time coming, but the scenes on Wednesday night were well worth the wait – so were the fireworks!
It’s been a season of unrivalled consistency. A season of controversy (VAR this, VAR that). The year of an unprecedented global pandemic – when, for a time, we all thought that everything we’d laughed, cried, and waxed lyrical about was going to be voided. But, thankfully – thankfully – it’s a season we can remember with memories we can treasure forever.
Memories like that performance at Leicester, or Mane’s last gasp header away at Villa.
So here are some of the LFC Transfer Room team with their reflections on what has been a record-breaking season for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Ritchie Slack – @Slack_9
Best performance of the season, and why? Palace at home can’t be underestimated after the lockdown. Dominated the game with everyone firing on all cylinders when we needed to win; relentless and inexorable. City at home close contender too.
Player of the season, and why? VVD – consistently 8/10 (excluding Arsenal). His performances often gets overlooked due to frequent high levels of quality: a victim of his own success but world class nether the less.
Goal of the season, and why? Mo Salah vs Man United. The moment when Anfield belted out ‘we’re gonna win the league’ for the first time. And that goal – Mo Salah’s 50-yard sprint and finish – still sends shivers down my spine; what a moment. And who could forget that Ali assist too – wow.
If you could make one signing this summer, who would it be and why? Dream = Mbappe #2020 (need I say more) Realistic = versatile winger/forward/10 to add cover for the front three: Kulusevski, Rasicha, Zaniolo, Adama Traoré – any one of those (or two) will do.
Henry Morris – @henry_morris13
Best performance of the season, and why? 4-0 vs Leicester. Away from home against 2nd best in the league (at the time) and completely dominated the game for virtually the full 90 minutes.
Player of the season, and why? Virgil Van Dijk, Henderson a very close second and possibly more important to the team, but van Dijk has been virtually faultless all year, yet again. The best CB in the world.
Goal of the season, and why? Fabinho vs Crystal Palace, didn’t have much of a run up but direction and power were virtually perfect, the keeper had no chance.
If you could make one signing this summer, who would it be and why? Thiago Alcantara, I hate to be generic here but the midfield desperately needs livening up with some creativity, plus he would prove a great mentor for Curtis Jones and other youngsters.
Ben Stevens – @Stev_Ben
Best team performance of the season, and why? Leicester 0-4 Liverpool. The season’s apotheosis. Not only our best technical display but most crucial in the context of fighting off the pre-Christmas resistance from Leicester and City. It personified Klopp’s team: irresistible midfield intensity, slick transitions, seamless defence. Victory left us 13 points clear of an in-form Leicester side, with a game in hand.
Player of the season, and why? Virgil Van Dijk. This award could easily go to 3 or 4 players. However, Virgil consistently produces not just world-class but near-perfect performances. There is not one weakness in his game. World-class in every department. In a season where Liverpool have been average in patches, Van Dijk constantly looks like he’s playing with an enormous Cuban cigar in his mouth.
Goal of the season, and why? Fabinho vs City. An absolute thunder bastard to open the scoring against City. I was in a Liverpool bar when it went in and had two pints thrown over me in the celebrations. It was worth every drop! Fabinho has only scored 3 goals for Liverpool, so this was a collector’s item. Pure scenes.
If you could make one signing this summer, who would it be and why? Thiago Alcantara. Who wouldn’t want this baller in our midfield next season? If we are to dominate English football, signing a player of Thiago’s class and experience is the perfect statement of intent. Klopp wants him, he wants us. Unfortunately, it seems the deal hinges on FSG’s very tight purse strings. If you think age is an issue, Milner joined us at 29 too…