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Klopp has overseen a promising start from Liverpool so far this season..

The Liverpool Echo have ranked Jurgen Klopp's players by average match rating

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There's a real belief that Liverpool could achieve something huge this season.

After three years in the Anfield dugout, Jurgen Klopp has constructed a formidable team that many believe could challenge in the Premier League and Champions League.

The Reds made it all the way to a European final last season - suffering a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid - and have invested across the summer to ensure they go one better in 2018-19.

So far, Liverpool have made a promising start to the campaign and the only disappointing results have come in tough fixtures with Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City.

Even then, however, the Merseyside club have avoided defeat all season and have shown the type of gritty performances that could serve them well in the long-term.

Liverpool's strong start

Assuming the club's front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah can find their very best form, City and Chelsea could soon be playing catch-up.

It will come down to Klopp to decide that starting XI he continues to play as the ever-challenging winter months start to approach and with an increasingly impressive team, selection has become much harder.

You only have to look at the midfield arsenal that contains Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and many more.

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Liverpool's players ranked

However, one potential indicator for the Liverpool boss comes via individual match ratings and how they've averaged out across the season. 

The Liverpool Echo have looked into that very avenue and with the international break now in full swing, have ranked every player with over five appearances based on their average rating.

That way, Liverpool fans can see who's really performed consistently this season and the results are very interesting indeed. Check out the full statistics below:

12. Jordan Henderson: 6.28
11. Naby Keita: 6.4
10. Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.44
9. Mohamed Salah: 6.6
8. Roberto Firmino: 6.64
7. Sadio Mane: 6.73
6. Andrew Robertson: 6.8
5. Alisson Becker: 6.8
4. James Milner: 7.0
3. Georginio Wijnaldum: 7.2
2. Virgil van Dijk: 7.2
1. Joe Gomez: 7.5

So, it's Liverpool's defensive duo leading the way so far.

Rewind just a few months and it would be very surprising to see Liverpool's top three ranked so low, but it's the club's back four that impressed the most this season.

It just serves to reiterate how deadly Liverpool could be this season if the attacking trio find their feet this season or Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri make their way into the team.

After Gomez and Van Dijk, it's also interesting to see the position of Wijnaldum and Milner who deserve so much credit for their performances this season.

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Their very future at Liverpool looked in doubt upon the summer arrivals of Fabinho and Keita, but both have proven their worth and then some.

Now with the two chunks of Premier League football out the way, Klopp can start preparing for the hardest stretch of the season and perhaps he should follow the ratings.

Who do you think has been Liverpool's best player so far this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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Topics:
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Naby Keita
Sadio Mane
Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
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