Simon Mignolet: A-
What a terrific improvement from the Belgian. Who’d have thought he’d even be no.1 come the end of the season, with no plans to replace him? If Mignolet continues in the same mould next term, we’ll be absolutely delighted.
Loris Karius: D
Let’s make no bones about it, Karius endured a very poor debut season. Injured during the summer, the German was given an unmerited chance by Klopp anyway when he got fit again, only to force his manager into changing his mind after a series of shoddy performances. Now, he’s firmly behind Mignolet in the pecking order. Time will tell if that can change.
Nathaniel Clyne: B
Always fit, always available, usually very consistent. Clyne though is not especially creative going forward and it’s blunted us, with the majority of our good work taking place on the other flank.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: B+
Breakthrough campaign for the Scouser. He’s proven for the Under-23s and in his limited senior appearances that he’s got what it takes. He’ll battle Clyne for a starting spot next term.
James Milner: B+
How well has he done to play left-back for the entire campaign without a left-foot…? He’s bagged all but one of his penalties and has had more touches than any other Red. Maybe not a long-term option, but he’s skippered the side well in Henderson’s absence, too.
Alberto Moreno: F
The poor Spaniard hasn’t been given a sniff by Klopp, restricted to two Premier League starts, in which we conceded five goals against Arsenal and Crystal Palace. He’ll leave this summer.
Joel Matip: A-
If only Matip stayed fit consistently, eh? Terrific when healthy and with a run of games under his belt, Matip’s made a mockery of his free transfer. He missed 11 Premier League matches though and that needs to change next year.
Dejan Lovren: C+
Some good games and some shocking ones from the Croat, who like Matip, needs to stay fit more often. When alongside the Cameroonian, we’ve looked decent at the back, but Lovren’s occasionally been woeful next to Lucas or Ragnar Klavan. He face a fight for his spot if we buy Van Dijk.
Ragnar Klavan: C-
A decent backup centre-back, but no more. Klopp’s statements on the Estonian’s brilliance upon arrival seem a little hyperbolic a year down the line. We’d rather Gomez was used next year, if he’s around still.
Joe Gomez: C-
We would have hoped with Liverpool’s problems at the back that Gomez got more of an opportunity. Klopp rates him, but he’s never started a game in the Premier League under the German and we feel his career is stagnating when it should be developing. Loan spell next term?
Lucas Leiva: C+
Asked to play centre-back more often than not, Lucas did ok on occasion but showed he’s not a long-term option there. Towards the end of the season he enjoyed a resurgence in his preferred midfield spot, but he’ll want more than 12 Premier League starts aged 30. Likely to leave after ten years of loyal service.
Jordan Henderson: B
Was leading the Premier League in stats for passing, distance covered and touches for the first half of the season, but a worrying injury means he hasn’t played since February.
Emre Can: B-
Can’s season has three sections. A shaky beginning, where he was in and out of the side, a nightmarish middle, where he was frankly woeful, and a brilliant end – where he became the lynchpin of our midfield in Jordan Henderson’s absence. For this reason, he gets a B-! LFC need to get his new contract signed and sealed.
Gini Wijnaldum: A-
The Dutchman proved pivotal in big games, ending the campaign with six goals and nine assists in the Premier League. Occasionally went missing in midfield, but demonstrated why Klopp signed him. Big future with Liverpool, no doubt.
Marko Grujic: D
Showed such potential in the summer, but has been injured or unused for virtually the entire campaign. He’s made five appearances off the bench in the top flight and will essentially start next season from scratch.
Ovie Ejaria: C
Injuries affected the youngster who sadly didn’t enjoy as much involvement as he threatened to during pre-season. He’ll do well to forge a regular spot at Anfield now.
Kevin Stewart: D
Almost 24, Stewart needs to leave and play some first-team football. Made four appearances off the bench and his career will pass him by if he isn’t careful. Hope he makes the right move.
Adam Lallana: A
Could have been A* if he’d stayed fit throughout the season. At his best, Lallana was genius in central midfield, linking up with our attack, breaking into the box and scoring goals. We should ban him from international duty though as Gareth Southgate seems intent on running him into the ground during every meaningless friendly.
Began and ended the campaign on fire, finishing with 13 top flight goals – his best ever return. It would have been much higher had a nasty injury not cut him down midway through. When he returned to fitness, it took our most talented player a long time to find his feet again, which was unfortunate as the team was enduring a miserable January. Bagged seven goals in his last nine matches though and is on the brink of being considered ‘world-class’.
Sadio Mane: A*
The only A* rating, Mane took the Premier League by storm this season. Quick, dynamic and selfless, the Senegalese completely changes our attack when he’s in it. He missed January at the AFCON and the final stretch with injury, but he showed enough to suggest his £35m fee was a complete bargain.
Ben Woodburn: B+
Became Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer and showed exactly why Klopp trusts him inherently. Woodburn’s technique is sharp and his work-rate ferocious. Expect more game-time next season, especially in the domestic cups.
Roberto Firmino: B+
Brilliant at his best, there’s perhaps no player that typifies Klopp’s Liverpool better than Bobby, who combines flair with space manipulation and manic pressing. Still, with 34 starts, he should score more than 11 goals, although his presence helps others find the back of the net.
Divock Origi: C+
11 goals in total for a striker just turned 22 sounds pretty decent, but it’s his overall contribution that often frustrates Reds. The Belgian needs to play with confidence and aggression; then he could be something special – but too often he looks lost without any real idea how to change a game.
Danny Ings: n/a
How can we grade Ings? Hopefully, he’ll recover and can eventually prove himself at Liverpool, which will be one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of our club.
Daniel Sturridge: D+
For a striker of Sturridge’s ridiculous talents, he’s had a shocking season. But his end of campaign revival gives him and us slight hope for the future. If he can convince Klopp he can stay fully fit for an extended period of time, anything’s possible, but his relentless, ambiguous injuries are beyond frustrating – obviously for him as well as the fans.