Liverpool FC Player Form Guide: The Reds’ best players in the last 6 games

22 April 2018

Liverpool have enjoyed some excellent spring form of late, but who have been their five standout players over the last six matches?


The Reds could only draw 2-2 away to West Brom on Saturday lunchtime, blowing a two-goal lead in frustrating fashion at the Hawthorns.

Despite that disappointing result, Jurgen Klopp‘s side have still been in sparkling form, all but cementing their place in the Premier League top four and reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

We have looked back through our player ratings archive to see who Liverpool’s best players have been in their last six games—Crystal Palace (A), Man City (H), Everton (A), Man City (A), Bournemouth (H) and West Brom (A)—as their season goes from strength to strength.

Here are the top five, with Mohamed Salah incredibly not included…

(NB: Players must have featured in at least four of the six games to be in contention.)

 

=4. Sadio Mane – 7.58 (out of 10)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Some supporters have actually been critical of Mane’s form this season, despite the Senegalese scoring 17 goals and being a vital part of Liverpool’s attacking unit.

Granted, he wasn’t at his very best before Christmas, but his level has gone up significantly since the turn of the year.

His inch-perfect header helped the Reds thump City at Anfield, he set up Salah’s all-important away goal at the Etihad and he also opened the scoring away to Palace and at home to Bournemouth.

Mane has been usurped by the freakish Salah and brilliant Roberto Firmino since August, but he is still thriving in his own right.

 

=4. Virgil van Dijk – 7.58

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 21, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Few signings have made a more immediate, noticeable impact at Liverpool than Virgil van Dijk, with the giant centre-back making an enormous difference.

The Reds have been transformed in defence since his record arrival in January, despite conceding two at West Brom, and there isn’t a better player in his position in the Premier League.

He was crucial in City managing just one shot on target over two legs, and was similarly imposing away to Everton in a forgettable Merseyside derby.

Without the 26-year-old around, the second half of Liverpool’s season could be panning out very differently.

 

3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.75

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It has been a superb first year at Liverpool for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has silenced the doubters and proved to be a key man.

He took some time to settle after moving from Arsenal, but as this form guide shows, he has grown significantly in recent times.

The England international’s superb strike in front of the Kop against City was his high point of the last six matches, but his all-round game has impressed so much.

His ability to run at defences, link up with the front three and work his socks off have all caught the eye, and he brings something different to the midfield.

 

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.87

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It wasn’t too long ago that Trent Alexander-Arnold was being criticised for defensive errors, but look how far he has come.

The teenager actually didn’t start the last six games too well, following a mistake against Palace, but he was excellent in the second half and has shone ever since.

His two performances against City were unbelievably impressive, considering the magnitude of the occasion and the fact that he was tasked with keeping the dangerous Leroy Sane quiet.

Alexander-Arnold was almost immaculate in both legs, while against Bournemouth his wonderful pass allowed Salah to loop a header into the net.

In a star-studded squad, a 19-year-old local lad has nearly been Liverpool’s star man since Palace away.

 

1. Andrew Robertson – 8

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 16, 2017: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Burnley at Anfield. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Amazingly, Andrew Robertson comes out on top for the third time in a row, which highlights what a fantastic signing he has been.

The Scot has been an absolute model of consistently all season long, and to average eight out of 10 since the Palace game shows he is still going strong.

His lovely assist for Salah at Selhurst Park was a key contribution, he was arguably Man of the Match in the first game against City.

Robertson has only played in four of the six games, which may skew things ever so slightly, but he is maturing into the Premier League‘s best left-back.

Three on the spin for the likeable 24-year-old!

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