Liverpool best possible XI from 2016: Sturridge axed, summer exit starts
By Emma Sanders
As 2016 draw to a close, Football Insider puts together the best possible XI for Liverpool throughout the last 12 months.
Daniel Sturridge doesn’t make the team but there is room for Joe Allen, despite him being sold in the summer.
The England international has failed to land a regular starting role under Jurgen Klopp and 2016 has not been his best year at Liverpool so he is left out of the attack.
Divock Origi also fails to make the cut too as Roberto Firmino must start as the club’s number nine because he has performed sensationally in that role this year.
Lovren fails to make the team despite showing vast improvements. He is no match against Joel Matip and despite being outcasted this season, Mamadou Sakho was definitely the club’s best defender in 2015-16 so he starts.
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Unsurprisingly, Simon Mignolet gets the nod ahead of Loris Karius because the summer signing lasted just 10 league games before being axed in the 2016-17 campaign.
This season’s regular full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner were easy picks because Alberto Moreno was in poor form during 2016 and there has been relatively little competition at right-back.
Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane line-up in attack alongside Firmino but as well as Sturridge and Origi, Christian Benteke also fails to make the cut.
Adam Lallana has been one of the club’s best players throughout the year so he definitely earns a place in midfield and despite tough competition, Jordan Henderson is also included.
The skipper has improved greatly and his composure and leadership provide greater assets than the rougher versions of Emre Can and Giorginio Wijnaldum in midfield.
The two midfielders were also beaten to the starting XI by summer exit Allen who was brilliant for Klopp in his final six months at the club.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp made this prediction ahead of City clash.