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The Echo think Van Dijk has only been Liverpool's third best player this season.

The Echo have ranked Liverpool's players for the season so far

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Liverpool have had a good start to the 2018/19 season.

Jurgen Klopp's side are unbeaten in the Premier League having picked up nine wins and 30 points from their opening 12 games.

A big reason for their impressive start to the campaign is due to the presence of Virgil van Dijk in defence.

The Dutchman has been nothing short of phenomenal since joining from Southampton for £75 million in January.

He's been vital in ensuring Liverpool currently have the best defence in the Premier League this season, having conceded just five goals so far.

Many have commented in recent weeks that he's established himself as the best defender in England's top tier.

But has he been Liverpool's best player so far this term?

The Liverpool Echo have answered that question by rating the club's players across the season so far.

They have rated Liverpool's players after every game out of 10 and have come up with an average for every first team player.

Only 15 names feature on the list as they have omitted players that have featured in less than seven matches for the club this term.

That means the likes of Divock Origi, Alberto Moreno and Dominic Solanke do not feature.

Liverpool's players before their Champions League tie against PSG this season

So here's who they think have performed well and who haven't so far this season...

1) Xherdan Shaqiri – 7.5

2) Joe Gomez – 7.2

3) Virgil van Dijk – 7.13

4) Mohamed Salah – 7.06

The Echo think Mo Salah has been Liverpool's fourth best player this season

5) Gini Wijnaldum – 6.94

6) Andy Robertson – 6.8

7) James Milner – 6.73

8) Sadio Mane – 6.69

9) Fabinho – 6.57

10) Alisson Becker – 6.5

Alisson has been steady since making the move from Roma to Liverpool this summer

11) Roberto Firmino – 6.5

12) Daniel Sturridge – 6.43

13) Naby Keita – 6.4

14) Jordan Henderson – 6.23

15) Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6.21

The Echo have not been impressed with Trent Alexander-Arnold at all

Amazingly, Van Dijk is only third on the list.

To be honest, Shaqiri and Gomez have also been tremendous so it's not too controversial that they have been rated above Van Dijk, but the Dutchman being ranked in third is still surprising.

Interestingly, despite having a brilliant 2017/18 campaign, Firmino has been ranked as the club's 11th best player this term.

Fabinho has had some critics so far this season but has been rated higher then Keita and Henderson, while the Echo think that Alexander-Arnold has been Liverpool's least impressive player.

What do you think of these ratings? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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Xherdan Shaqiri
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Roberto Firmino
Mohamed Salah
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Daniel Sturridge
James Milner
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