Two of Liverpool’s star players have been named in Jamie Carragher’s team of 2016 and, believe it or not, neither of them are Brazilian.
It is Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana who have been given the nod by the Liverpool legend whilst Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho surprisingly miss out.
In his Daily Mail column, Carra said: “Mane and Lallana are included in midfield for their consistency, their class and most of all the improvement they have shown over the last 12 months. Mane has been outstanding, Lallana is currently the best English player in the division.”
Mane has been a revelation since joining from Southampton in the summer and the reaction to his scheduled departure for the African Cup of Nations in January sums up how important he has already become.
We have the personnel to step in and make a difference in his absence but his quality will be dearly missed. He has brought much needed balance to Liverpool’s attacking set up in terms of offering something different to the more calculated and intricate style shared by the likes of Firmino and Coutinho.
Lallana has been just as impressive in 2016. He, more than anyone, has bought into Jurgen Klopp’s tactics and has become an influential figure since the German was appointed as manager.
Carra’s XI: Hugo Lloris, Cesar Azpilicueta, Toby Alderweireld, Virgil Van Dijk, Danny Rose; Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kante, Adam Lallana, Riyad Mahrez; Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa.