Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has selected his Premier League Team of the Year

  • Kobe Tong
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The Premier League season won't resume until April 30 at the earliest and even that looks unlikely.

The coronavirus pandemic has cast the future of the 2019/20 campaign in doubt and it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will get their hands on the trophy that has evaded them for so long.

Suggestions to finish the season behind closed doors seem more unrealistic by the week and the unfathomable decision to brand the championship null and void is gathering traction again.

But regardless of whether the division resumes again, this break in player has offered an opportunity for reflection and the Premier League Team of the Year has started to creep into debates.

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we drew up our suggestion for the XI in case the season had in fact expired and now Jamie Carragher has followed suit as part of his column for the Telegraph.

Carragher's Premier League TOTY

We're liking the Liverpool legend's optimistic outlook by naming it his TOTY 'so far' and he's even thrown in his pick for the PFA Player of the Year award for good measure.

You can check out and debate his eleven picks, as well as his justifications for them, down below:

GK - Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

Carragher says: "In the Premier League, Henderson has as many clean sheets as Alisson, and his save success rate is an impressive 76 per cent - just behind Liverpool’s number one.

"On balance - given Sheffield United were tipped to be in a relegation rather than top four battle - I think Henderson deserves recognition. It will be interesting to see what happens if his parent club, Manchester United, take him back this summer."

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RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "His form speaks for itself with 12 Premier League assists. He is Liverpool’s playmaker at right back.

"Honourable mentions to Leicester’s Ricardo Periera and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They have enjoyed good seasons. But they are not at Alexander-Arnold’s level yet."

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CB - Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "Quite simply, one of the best players in the world. Since moving to Liverpool, Van Dijk has been elevated into that sphere of players who could play for any side.

"He is so good, sometimes it feels he is taken for granted. Whenever the player of the year is debated, it is strange how few pundits put him forward."

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CB - Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "Leicester pair Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu have been outstanding and I was prepared to trigger a healthy debate by selecting Harry Maguire.

"But how can I separate Van Dijk and Gomez? They have not lost a league game as a central defensive partnership, and in some games Gomez has eclipsed his senior partner."

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LB - Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "Again, in the interest of balance I was scratching my head and asking who could reasonably challenge Robertson for this position? The answer is no-one.

"He has seven assists in the Premier League and remains the outstanding left back playing in English football. To put it into perspective, Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Everton’s Lucas Digne have three and five Premier League assists, respectively."

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CM - Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Carragher says: "He is the only realistic challenger to the Liverpool stars for Player of the Season, and may even win it if there is a split in the voting for the Anfield contingent.

"He is the most creative midfielder in the world and currently has 16 Premier League assists, four behind Thierry Henry’s record of 20. It looks like he will eclipse that when play resumes."

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CM - Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "His consistent excellence as captain has been fundamental to Liverpool’s return to the top. What is most impressive this season is the manner in which Henderson switched midfield roles.

"Until December, Fabinho was Liverpool’s best player and his injury could have been a critical moment in the title race. Instead, Henderson assumed the number six position and performed brilliantly."

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CAM - Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Carragher says: "It is rare for a player at a club in the bottom three to make the team of the year, but I have enjoyed watching Grealish as much as anyone this season.

"I will be staggered if he does not get a chance for England soon. Such talent must be given an opportunity on the international stage."


RW - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "There was a moment when considering this line-up when I thought of leaving out Salah and selecting Raheem Sterling. I slept on it and thought, 'What am I thinking?'

"Salah has 20 goals in all competitions, remains in contention for the Premier League golden boot - which would be his third in three years - and has plenty of assists to go with it."

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ST - Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Carragher says: "Liverpool fans will be asking, 'Where is Roberto Firmino?' But Aguero is too often overlooked.

"He averages a goal every 88 minutes in the Premier League, making him more prolific than Aubameyang (136 minutes) and Vardy (118 minutes)."

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LW and Player of the Year - Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Carragher says: "It may be many months before the Player of the Year award is presented, but Mane deserves it. The problem for Liverpool is they have so many outstanding players there is not one who stands out above all others.

"I am favouring Mane because it is worth remembering he had only one week off last summer, taking his place on the bench for the first game against Norwich having just returned to pre-season training.

"He scored the winning goals at critical moments at the start of the season and in the weeks before play stopped. He has been phenomenal."


Majority of Liverpool players

Just the seven Liverpool players for Carragher then.

It's pretty hard to disagree with the Sky Sports pundit when you consider how incredible Jurgen Klopp's men have been this season and Gomez is the only player we didn't include in our XI.

We still think Soyuncu is worthy of the slot on an individual basis alone and although we picked Vardy over Aguero ourselves, Carragher's argument is just about as watertight as it comes.


And now, we'll simply have to wait and see whether the season resumes, otherwise this Team of the Year could be bang on the money already. 

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