Liverpool made tremendous progress in 2018.
Although the year will predominantly be remembered for their defeat in the Champions League final, the Reds have made great strides from a top four contender to challengers for the Premier League.
Liverpool entered 2018 with a defence that was leaking goals, unable to keep up with Manchester City and in need of some key changes in their starting XI.
Fast forward 12 months, though, and Liverpool have addressed almost every issue that was holding them back.
The arrival of Virgil van Dijk has shored up the Liverpool back four, they're currently commanding an impressive lead over City and made some impressive signings over the summer.
Major 2018 for Liverpool
The purchase of Alisson Becker has provided them with a world-class goalkeeper; while Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have given Liverpool enviable depth in their midfield.
Marry that to the superb performances of players like Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Roberto Firmino and you have yourself a recipe for success.
So it was more than justified when certain Liverpool players were in the conversation for the 2018 Team of the Year.
L'Equipe name their TOTY
Of course, the leading candidate is Salah, who pushed himself into the Ballon d'Or nominees with his incredible performances across 2017/18 in particular.
However, one of the final TOTY decisions has actually seen Salah miss out, despite two of his Liverpool teammates making the cut.
Fans might be surprised to hear that the source in question is L'Equipe, the French publication that dished out some harsh ratings during Liverpool's clashes with Paris Saint-Germain.
Here, though, they have shown due praise to Liverpool and you can check out the team below:
GK - Jan Oblak
RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold
CB - Raphael Varane
CB - Virgil van Dijk
LB - Marcelo
CM - N'Golo Kante
CM - Luka Modric
RM - Kylian Mbappe
CF - Lionel Messi
LM - Eden Hazard
ST - Cristiano Ronaldo
So, Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk have secured their place in the team.
Although players like Diego Godin and Sergio Ramos would have something to say about the decision, it's pretty difficult to argue with Van Dijk's inclusion in the side.
His impact at Liverpool has been undeniable and his form in 2018/19 has been particularly impressive, helping his side to pick up a clean sheets on an almost weekly basis.
As for the decision to pick Alexander-Arnold, there will be no shortage of debate but the Liverpool man has pounded upon a difficult year for right-backs.
He certainly seems a more calculated pick than Dani Alves, who was controversially included in the last FIFPro World XI back in September.
No matter where you stand on the debate, though, it's great for Liverpool to have two of their finest players acknowledged on the global stage.
What a difference a year can make.
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