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Alisson (£66.9million from AS Roma)

Premier League starts: 25

Premier League clean sheets: 13

Rank out of 10: 9

There’s no doubt about it, Alisson has been a fantastic addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side and has already fully justified the hefty fee it took to sign him last summer.

After Loris Karius cost Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, the board were finally prepared to spend big on a goalkeeper.

And the investment has paid off. Alisson’s stature breathes confidence into this Liverpool side.

The Brazilian has kept 13 clean sheets in 25 Premier League matches and is part of the best backline in the division having only conceded 15 goals.

He has also shown his distribution qualities on a number of occasions, sparking counter-attacks with some quick thinking. Sadio Mane’s winning goal against Crystal Palace, the perfect example.

Liverpool might have even dropped into the Europa League if it wasn’t for Alisson’s stunning save to deny Arkadiusz Milik in the dying embers against Napoli in December. That could have changed their season.

Xherdan Shaqiri (£13.5m from Stoke City)

Premier League starts: 20

Premier League goals: 6

Rank out of 10: 7

Shaqiri has filed a strong case for being the bargain of the summer.

His quality was a shining light in a miserable Stoke City side that was relegated from the Premier League last season and it was no surprise when Liverpool snapped him up.

Having cost just £13.5m, the Swiss international has contributed with six goals and two assists in 20 Premier League matches.

He can count himself unlucky not to have started more than 11 games for the Reds in the league, he often comes at the expense of Klopp’s solid midfield trio.

When he has played Liverpool always look dangerous and capable of scoring goals, perhaps best depicted by the 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal in December.

Fabinho (£44m from Monaco)

Premier League starts: 16

Premier League goals: 1

Rank out of 10: 6

Fabinho has the potential to prove a real hit at Anfield but a combination of factors have seen him held back in the first half of the season.

The Brazilian has had to bide his time for a chance in Klopp’s side but he took inspiration from the cases of Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last season.

The 25-year-old turned in two really impressive performances in the wins over Everton and Manchester United in December.

He has also shown his versatility when called upon and was man of the match in a cagey 1-0 win on the road at Brighton last month filling in at centre-back.

The remarkable consistency of Georginio Wijnaldum has prevented him from having a run of the games in his natural position at the base of midfield.

There’s no doubt that Fabinho will have a big role to play in the business end of the season particularly with the Champions League returning this month.

Naby Keita (£58m from RB Leipzig)

Premier League starts: 18

Premier League goals: 0

Rank out of 10: 3

Liverpool supporters had to wait over a year to see Naby Keita put on the famous shirt but it simply hasn’t been anything close to what they were imagining.

The midfield dynamo that was signed from Leipzig has not arrived on Merseyside just yet.

His first two performances against West Ham and Crystal Palace showed real promise but a host of injury problems have halted his start to life in the Premier League.

Keita is yet to score for Liverpool and has only provided one assist.

The talent is clearly there but for whatever reason it just hasn’t happened for him yet. He has at times found himself playing out of position at left midfield.

All will be forgotten though if he can stand up and be counted for the title run in.

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