Six. That’s how many Liverpool players are in this season’s Champions League Team of the Season which was twice the number of players named in last season’s Team of the Season.
Alisson is among the two goalkeepers in the Team of the Season. Along with Barcelona’s Marc Andre-Ter Stegen, Alisson made the most number of clean sheets- 6. This is the second successive season that the Brazilian is in the Champions League Team of the Season.
Virgil van Dijk was one of the three Liverpool players in last season’s Champions League Team of the Season despite featuring during only the second half of the season. This season, van Dijk played a key role in Liverpool’s quest to a 6th Champions League title. The Dutchman was a rock at the back and forged a fine partnership in central defence with Joel Matip during the knockout stages. Van Dijk scored two goals and provided as many assists during the tournament.
Two players who were key to Liverpool having a terrific season were Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The two full-backs sere very efficient defensively and added depth to Liverpool’s offence, garnering a combined 6 assists. Both players found a place in the Team of the Tournament.
Virgil van Dijk isn’t the only Dutchman to feature in the Champions League Team of the Season as Georginio Wijnaldum is also inducted. Wijnaldum provided an assist in Liverpool’s first Champions League game against PSG and scored a brace during their epic comeback against Barcelona at Anfield.
Last season, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were impeccable in the Champions League and were in the Team of the Tournament. However, this season, it’s Sadio Mane who finds a place in the Champions League Team of the Season. Mane has had the best season of his career so far, scoring 26 goals in 50 appearances this season. In the Champions League, Mane scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists. The Senegal winger scored one of the goals of the tournament against Bayern Munich.
2018/19 Champions League Team of the Season
Goalkeepers: Alisson and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jan Vertonghen, Matthijs de Ligt
Midfielders: Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Frenkie de Jong, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Tanguy Ndombele
Forwards: Sadio Mane, Lucas Moura, Lionel Messi, Dusan Tadic, Cristiano Ronaldo