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Liverpool's five best players this season

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It's fair to say Liverpool haven't had the best of seasons so far, but after a miraculous comeback against Borussia Dortmund last week, this campaign could still be successful. 

The Reds take on Everton tonight which sees the two sides sit 8th and 11th respectively in the Premier League table. 

Jurgen Klopp's side come into the game after dismantling Stoke, qualifying for the Europa League semi-final and defeating Bournemouth all in one week.  

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NATHANIEL CLYNE

The 'Steady Eddie' tag probably doesn't give Nathaniel Clyne enough credit. It's easy to forget that Liverpool often played Emre Can at right back last season because Glen Johnson was so poor. 

Now they have one of the best defensive right-backs in the league, if not the best. You rarely see him put on his backside and most modern full backs these days often neglect their defensive duties. 

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Clyne is a breath of fresh air because he doesn't just rely on his speed to make up for his lack of positioning which many full-backs tend to do nowadays. He could improve his attacking threat, but most important of all, he can actually defend - something which you don't often see in full-backs today. 

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DEJAN LOVREN

Eight months ago, no Liverpool supporter would have wanted Lovren on the bench, let alone regard them as one of their five best players this season. 

However, now the Croatian has Jurgen Klopp in charge and doesn't have Emre Can at right back, no defensive midfielder and reckless Martin Skrtel alongside him, he can show his true ability. 

Scoring the winner in a miraculous comeback against Dortmund last week, just showed how far he has come. In August, he was being booed by his own fans against West Ham in a 3-0 defeat, and now he is regarded as their best central defender. 

Mamadou Sakho also scored in the Europa League quarter-final, and has improved under Klopp, but moments of shakiness still persist and infect nerves into the rest of the team. 

EMRE CAN

A huge loss for the Reds tonight with the German midfielder likely to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. 

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Can is very comfortable on the ball, unbelievably strong and reads the game brilliantly. At 22-years-old, he is seen as the ideal Steven Gerrard replacement. 

He can be too complacent at times and that leads to sloppy passes, but with years ahead of him to improve he should be able to ease that out of his game. 

ROBERTO FIRMINO

One of the Premier League's most in-form players at the moment. Eight goals and four assists in his last 10 leagues have meant Liverpool have scored the most goals in the league in 2016. 

The Brazilian started life at Anfield slowly under Brendan Rodgers, but now that Klopp has played him in a false nine position the former Hoffenheim player has thrived. 

His movement off the ball and ability to link up the play with his midfielders have meant it's been difficult for Daniel Sturridge to get back in the side. 

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Arguably Liverpool's best player, Phillipe Coutinho is a match winner and usually a game changer in big matches. You wouldn't bet against him scoring tonight after already scoring against Tottenham, Manchester City twice, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Borussia Dortmund. 

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His goal and assist tallies still need to improve, but in fairness to the Brazilian, Christian Benteke started the season up front and restricted the former Inter Milan player's space. 

Now there is movement ahead of him in Firmino and Divock Origi, Coutinho is showing why Europe's biggest clubs are interested in signing him this summer. 

Daniel Sturridge missed out because he hasn't been the same since his injuries. He still scores goals but doesn't work had enough with and without the ball and that's the reason why he has been dropped by Klopp. 

Divock Origi has shown promise in the last few months but has a long way to go to prove he is the real deal.

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