Every Liverpool Player’s Best Moment Of 2016/17

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Every Liverpool squad member had a standout moment during the 2016/17 season, as the Reds ensured Champions League football is on its way back to Anfield.

Sunday’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough is still fresh in the memory, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side sealed a top-four finish on the final day of the season.

It was a great achievement, following a long, gruelling campaign, with Arsenal held off impressively in the final few weeks.

Since August, there have been some wonderful individual moments that have stood out, but what is every player’s best 2016/17 memory?

Here’s what we think.

 

Simon Mignolet

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 8, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is beaten as Stoke City score the opening goal during the FA Premier League match at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mignolet grew as the season progressed, but his superb performance at Stoke City was huge in Liverpool’s top-four quest. The Belgian’s save to deny Saido Berahino was particularly brilliant.

 

Loris Karius

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius in action against Southampton during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It wasn’t a happy debut season for Karius, but an excellent performance at Southampton in the League Cup semi-final first-leg meant Liverpool only lost 1-0 on the night.

 

Nathaniel Clyne

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action against AFC Bournemouth during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s not easy to pick out a standout moment for Clyne, given his unspectacular nature, but a beauty of a cross at Middlesbrough allowed Adam Lallana to head the Reds in front, back in December. We need more of that from the right-back next season.

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 15, 2017: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action against Manchester United's Anthony Martial during the FA Premier League match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Clyne injured, Alexander-Arnold was handed his first Premier League start away to Man United, of all places. The 18-year-old was very impressive at Old Trafford, however, holding his own up against the tricky Anthony Martial.

 

Joel Matip

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's Joel Matip scores the third goal against Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Matip was more consistent than anything in his first season for Liverpool, but an immaculate, goalscoring display at Crystal Palace caught the eye. Matip’s bullet header was his first Reds goal.

 

Dejan Lovren

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring the first goal against Chelsea during the FA Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A hit-and-miss season from Lovren didn’t produce a huge amount to shout about, but he was superb in the 2-1 win at Chelsea in September. He netted Liverpool’s opener, which was an added bonus.

 

Lucas Leiva

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 18, 2017: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva celebrates scoring the first goal against Plymouth Argyle during the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay match at Home Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lucas scoring a goal is a minor miracle, so his inch-perfect header at Plymouth Argyle has to make the cut. It was just his seventh Liverpool goal – he’s been at Anfield since 2007.

 

Ragnar Klavan

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 12, 2017: Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan in action against Burnley during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klavan was named in the starting lineup at Goodison Park just before Christmas, but with some fans worried about his inclusion, he bossed things against Everton. He was deservedly named This is Anfield’s Fans’ Man of the Match, with an 8.4 rating.

 

James Milner

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 1, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal against Swansea City from the penalty spot to make the score 2-1 during the FA Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s got to be one of Milner’s penalties, surely? We’re going to go with his late spot-kick at Swansea City in October, because it showed nerves of steel, earned Liverpool all three points and felt absolutely huge at the time.

 

Alberto Moreno

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against Crystal Palace during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a tough one. There really wasn’t much about Moreno that shone in 2016/17, but he played well at Palace, and provided a lovely assist for Emre Can.

 

Jordan Henderson

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the second goal against Chelsea during the FA Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Henderson isn’t a player who regularly makes headline with moments of magic, but his outrageous long-range strike at Chelsea was a genuine Goal of the Season contender. The celebration wasn’t bad, either.

 

Emre Can

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Monday, May 1, 2017: Liverpool's Emre Can scores the first goal against Watford with an overhead scissor kick during the FA Premier League match at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Perhaps the easiest of the lot, this. Can’s astonishing acrobatic effort away to Watford at the start of the month was not only Goal of the Season, but one of Liverpool’s best ever Premier League strikes.

 

Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (r) celebrates the equalising goal during the English Premier League match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Picture date: January 31st, 2017. Pic Simon Bellis/Sportimage via PA Images

Wijnaldum came to the fore in numerous big matches, but the importance of his goal against Middlesbrough on the final day was enormous. Anfield was flat at that point – who knows what might have happened if the Dutchman hadn’t scored.

 

Adam Lallana

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana scores the first goal against Middlesbrough during the FA Premier League match at the Riverside Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was another very positive season for Lallana, and his double away to Boro in a 3-0 victory was the sign of a player at the peak of his powers. Both finishes were ruthless.

 

Marko Grujic

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 6, 2016: Liverpool's Marko Grujic celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Barcelona during the International Champions Cup match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Due to an injury-ravaged campaign for Grujic, we’re actually going back to pre-season for his best moment. The moment in question is the wonderful looping header that wrapped up a stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona at Wembley.

 

Ovie Ejaria

DERBY, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 20, 2016: Liverpool's Oviemuno Ejaria in action against Derby County during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Pride Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Making your Liverpool debut is a special moment for any player, and Ejaria’s first Reds appearance at Derby County was a pleasing moment for anyone associated with the club.

 

Philippe Coutinho

Picture by: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (second right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates

There are so many great Coutinho moments to mention, but his wondrous free-kick away to Arsenal on the opening weekend was one of the best you could ever wish to see. He was sensational at times that day.

 

Sadio Mane

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 19, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the winning goal against Everton in injury time during the FA Premier League match, the 227th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane, like Coutinho, wowed us on endless occasions, but let’s face it, that last-gasp winner at Goodison is the runaway winner. It was an ugly tap-in, which made the stoppage time victory all the sweeter. Gary Mac eat your heart out!

 

Harry Wilson

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 18, 2017: Liverpool's Harry Wilson in action against Plymouth Argyle during the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay match at Home Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wilson had a fantastic season for the U23s, registering over 20 goals and assists, and his great form earned him his Liverpool debut, away to Plymouth in January. He dealt well with the pressure of the occasion.

 

Ben Woodburn

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn scores the second goal against Leeds United, to become the club's youngest ever goal-scorer, during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Woodburn’s goal in front at the Kop End against Leeds United, on his debut, really was the stuff that dreams are made of. Millions of Liverpool supporters worldwide looked on with a mixture of joy and envy.

 

Roberto Firmino

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 8, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City during the FA Premier League match at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So much of Firmino’s game revolves around selflessness, but he had a moment of glory all to himself at Stoke City, thundering home a stunning volley at the Britannia Stadium to bag a huge victory for his side. One of the goals, and wins, of the season.

 

Divock Origi

Divock Origi scores from an impossible angle against Bournemouth - 4 December 2016 (PA Images)

Forget the fact that Liverpool eventually lost in heartbreaking fashion, Origi’s frankly ridiculous finish at Bournemouth, from an impossible angle, was something special. It just tops his important opening goal at home to Sunderland.

 

Daniel Sturridge

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 14, 2017: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal against West Ham United during the FA Premier League match at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having suffered such a frustrating season, Sturridge stepped up to the plate away to West Ham on May 14. The striker rounded Adrian with typically quick feet, before stroking home to give Liverpool the lead in a must-win game.

 

Danny Ings

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Liverpool's Danny Ings in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Football League Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ings has suffered such desperate luck with injuries, and it is hard to find a positive from this season. The fact that he is edging nearer to a return is the most pleasing aspect of the last nine months.

 

Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool manager absolutely loves a celebration, but none were better than when he embraced with a supporter in the Main Stand, following Gini Wijnaldum‘s late clincher against Arsenal, in March. It summed up how Klopp has united the entire club since arriving.

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