TIA End of Season Awards – Liverpool’s best and worst of 2016/17 season

We asked the This Is Anfield writers for their end of season votes in five categories for the 2016/17 season – with some runaway winners and some very close calls.

It’s taken us a week, but we’ve finally got the results of our end of season writers awards!

We asked 12 regular writers for the site for their votes for player of the year, young player, goal of the season, most improved and most disappointing player.

Each writer provided their first, second and third choice, with first place receiving five points, second receiving three points and third receiving two points, in order to get the total scores for each player in each category.

Here’s the results, with some interesting outcomes:


Player of the Year

This was relatively close, but saw Sadio Mane just edge out Philippe Coutinho. The two of them were a long way ahead of their nearest teammate, Adam Lallana.

Roberto Firmino also received numerous votes for second or third choice, with Joel Matip, James Milner and Emre Can getting just the one mention each.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Hull City with team-mate Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. Sadio Mane

2. Philippe Coutinho

3. Adam Lallana

4. Roberto Firmino

Also polled votes: Joel Matip, James Milner, Emre Can


Young Player of the Year

The criteria was players aged under 23, so Emre Can was not eligible. Surprisingly, that left few choices from the first-team squad, with Divock Origi finishing behind breakout stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn, and receiving the same amount of votes as under-23s captain Harry Wilson.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Liverpool's goal-scorer Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold after the 2-0 victory over Leeds United during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. Trent Alexander-Arnold

2. Ben Woodburn

3 =. Harry Wilson, Divock Origi

5. Ovie Ejaria


Most Improved Player

So close that the top two received the same number of votes. Simon Mignolet was perhaps the most improved in the second half of the season and Adam Lallana the most improved in the first half. So that works nicely.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet celebrates the 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion during the FA Premier League match at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1 =. Simon Mignolet, Adam Lallana

3. Emre Can

4. Jordan Henderson

Also polled votes: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lucas


Most Disappointing Player

This was another one that was relatively close and saw the biggest spread of votes, with no real runaway winner. Divock Origi ended up two points ahead of new signing Loris Karius, with Daniel Sturridge‘s absence for much of the season seeing him in third.

This one seems a little harsh on Origi, who did hit 11 goals as a backup striker, but his performances often left a lot to be desired.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 27, 2016: Liverpool's Divock Origi in action against Stoke City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. Divock Origi

2. Loris Karius

3. Daniel Sturridge

4. Nathaniel Clyne

5. Dejan Lovren

Also polled votes: Ragnar Klavan, James Milner


Goal of the Season

An absolute landslide for Emre Can, unsurprisingly, who took first place from all 12 writers who submitted votes.

It was though close between Mane’s goal at Arsenal on the opening day and Henderson’s at Chelsea.

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

1. Emre Can vs. Watford

2. Jordan Henderson vs. Chelsea

3. Sadio Mane vs. Arsenal

4. Philippe Coutinho vs. Arsenal

5. Roberto Firmino vs. Stoke

Also polled votes: Mane vs. Everton, Origi vs. Middlesbrough

Read all our player-by-player season reviews here

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