Three Liverpool players have been named in stats website WhoScored’s Premier League young team of the season so far.
The team features players aged under 23 and who have made at least 10 Premier League appearances this season.
Reds’ trio Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can make the cut in the XI.
Of the 11 players in the side, Sterling is the second highest rated – behind Tottenham‘s Harry Kane – and Coutinho is third.
Versatile German Can is the second highest rated defender in the side. Writing in the Guardian, WhoScored explain his inclusion:
“Having been on the fringes at the start of the campaign, a switch to a back three has seen both Liverpool and Can flourish in recent months. As a centre-back he can carry the ball out of defence effectively, averaging 1.2 dribbles per game, while showing his strength to win 2.2 tackles per game for a rating of 7.18.”
On Coutinho, they write:
“At his best the Brazilian can turn matches on his own, with decisive goals against QPR, Arsenal and Manchester City this season, and while he would have hoped to have improved on his tallies of four goals and four assists, he’s been a real menace since the turn of the year, seeing his average number of shots and dribbles per game rise to 2.5 and 2.9 respectively.”]
While Sterling is detailed as being among the top 10 in the whole league:
“His six goals and seven assists have helped to keep them in the Champions League hunt, while totals of 62 key passes and 83 dribbles each rank among the Premier League’s top 10 players.”
The Premier League’s Young Team of the Season for @guardian_sport http://t.co/Tx7uYZgaa5 pic.twitter.com/76DQo4t6f7
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 31, 2015