The German definitely wins the award for ‘most improved’. The youngster has been a revelation this season, especially when you consider that he played just eight times in the Premier League before the turn of the year – not due to injury, just because Brendan Rodgers didn’t consider the 21-year-old ready for a bigger role.
However, since he was pressed into duty as an emergency defender in mid-December, following the switch to a back three, he’s been outstanding. His form has kept £20m summer signing Dejan Lovren on the sidelines and he’s arguably become one of the least ‘droppable’ players in the Liverpool team.
He’s dealt astonishingly well with being constantly moved around and having his position shifted, often several times within the same game. He’s played as a centre-back in a back three and a back four, he’s played at right back, at right wing-back and in a variety of different central midfield roles – both defensive and more attacking.