The two best Premier League players right now for every position

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One of the main reasons why the Premier League is the most popular league in the world is its star players.

Some of the world’s best footballers ply their trade in England’s top division, thanks largely to the extraordinary amounts of money Premier League clubs are able to fork out on transfer fees and wages.

But who are the best players in the Premier League right now?

It’s an entirely subjective question (there’s no right or wrong answer) and our opinion might not match yours.

We’ve listed the two players for every position who we believe are the best at the time of writing (November 2019).

Goalkeepers

David de Gea (Man Utd)

Look, we know he hasn’t been at his best over the past 12-18 months, but David de Gea is still a world-class goalkeeper and easily one of the greatest - if not *the* greatest - in the Premier League.

The Spaniard, who has won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award FOUR times since 2013, would still be the man you’d have in between the sticks in a fantasy ‘Premier League v La Liga/Bundesliga/Serie A’ match.

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Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

Just look at how much Liverpool have improved since they signed Alisson Becker.

The Reds realised they needed a world-class goalkeeper after Loris Karius’s nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final, and they fixed their problem by signing AS Roma’s Brazilian shot-stopper.

It was either Alisson or Man City’s Ederson, but we’ll go for Liverpool’s No. 1.

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Right-backs

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

It’s amazing that Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 21 years old. What a footballer.

Liverpool’s English international could be pushed further up the pitch over the coming years, but for now he’s doing a fantastic job at right-back.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man Utd)

We’re big fans of Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira, but we’ve gone for Man Utd’s summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who possesses all the tools required to become a world-class right-back.

The 21-year-old is strong, lightning-quick and times his tackles to perfection.

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Centre-backs

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

The best centre-back in world football right now, Virgil van Dijk is the best player in his position in the Premier League by a country mile.

Liverpool are lucky to have him, although the Reds deserve credit for having the guts to pay £75 million for the Dutch defender when no other club would.

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Harry Maguire (Man Utd)

Aymeric Laporte is a fantastic defender for Manchester City’s system, but United’s Harry Maguire is the better all-round centre-back.

The England international probably wasn’t worth the £80 million that United paid Leicester City for his services, but he is still top drawer. 

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Left-backs

Andy Robertson (Liverpool)

Is there a better left-back in world football right now? Probably not.

It’s incredible that Liverpool manager to sign Andy Robertson for just £8 million. The 25-year-old is getting better and better.

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Ben Chilwell (Leicester)

Ben Chilwell is developing into a top left-back and, for our money, is already the second-best in the Premier League.

The Leicester City and England man is still only 22 years old, so will only improve further over the coming seasons.

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Defensive midfielders

Fabinho (Liverpool)

Like Alisson, Fabinho has made a huge impact for Liverpool since arriving at Anfield in 2018.

The Brazilian, who joined the Reds in a £39 million move from AS Monaco, is now the best holding midfielder in English football.

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Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester)

Wilfred Ndidi or Man City’s Fernandinho? This was a close one.

Because of how well he’s started the season, we’ll go with Leicester City’s 22-year-old Nigerian, who is ranked as the third-best player in the entire Premier League for the current campaign by WhoScored.

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Central midfielders

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Still the best midfielder in the Premier League, the all-action N’Golo Kante has evolved his game over the past few seasons and now pops up with a few more goals than he used to.

Every team would love to have the loveable Frenchman in it.

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Bernardo Silva (Man City)

Bernardo Silva tends to play a little further forward than central midfield, admittedly, but we had to find room for the Portuguese star. Moreover, he sometimes play this deep for Man City, so he still qualifies.

Nicknamed ‘Bubblegum’ because of the way the ball seems to stick to his boots, Silva is becoming an increasingly influential player for his club.

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Attacking midfielders/Second strikers

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

On his day, Kevin De Bruyne is arguably the Premier League’s best player.

The Belgian, who boasts the highest rating of any Premier League player on WhoScored so far this season, is capable of turning a game in an instant with his quality.

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Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Liverpool wouldn’t swap Roberto Firmino for any other forward on the planet (well, with the possible exception of a few unobtainable players like Lionel Messi) and understandably so.

Without the unselfish Brazilian, the Reds never look as dangerous in the attacking third of the pitch.

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Right-wingers

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

With six goals and three assists in the Premier League already this season, it promises to be another prolific campaign for Liverpool’s world-class Egyptian.

Mohamed Salah would walk straight into just about every starting line-up in world football.

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Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Pep Guardiola has transformed Raheem Sterling into a clinical finisher.

The England forward already has seven Premier League goals to his name this season, after netting 17 during the previous league campaign, and is now widely regarded as one of the world’s best attacking players.

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Left-wingers

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

An early contender for PFA Player of the Year, Sadio Mane has taken his game to new levels over the past couple of seasons.

The Senegalese forward has already scored seven goals and registered four assists in the Premier League alone this term, producing a series of big moments to keep his team at the top of the table.

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Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Tottenham are not performing well as a team right now, but Son Heung-min is still chipping in with goals or assists most weeks.

He’s hit double figures for Premier League goals in each of the past three seasons and you wouldn’t bet against him doing the same again this term.

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Strikers

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Like a proper striker, Harry Kane lives to score goals. He’s obsessed.

The 26-year-old loves Tottenham, but the north London outfit may have a job holding on to their star man come the end of the season unless their form significantly improves between now and May.

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Sergio Aguero (Man City)

When Sergio Aguero is on the pitch, he tends to score.

The Premier League’s sixth-highest goalscorer of all time, the Argentine forward has been worth his weight in gold for Man City from the moment he arrived in 2011.

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There you have it. The best players in each position, in OUR opinion.

You might think differently - and that’s totally fine, of course - football is all about opinions.

Drop us a comment under the post on our Facebook page to let us know which players you would have included or taken out.

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