Posted in England, Football, premier league

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Can The Youngster Become Liverpool’s First Choice Right Back?

After an impressive breakthrough season, could Trent Alexander Arnold challenge Nathaniel Clyne for the right back position next campaign?


Trent, who has come through Liverpool’s academy and has been at the club since 2004, was born in West Derby, Liverpool, home of the Reds’ training ground, Melwood. He has impressed in the cameo appearances made this year.

At such a tender age of 18, he has excess potential. His age is somewhat surprising, given the maturity of his performances for the Reds.

His first team debut came in the EFL Cup fourth round clash against Spurs in October.

Following this, Trent played in the next EFL Cup match, which was a quarter final tie against Leeds.

The youngster grabbed his first assist for the club, setting up Divock Origi for the opening goal of the evening, as well as earning himself the man of the match award for a faultless game.


His Premier League debut shortly followed this, as things just kept progressing for the local lad. This came in a 3-0 over Middlesbrough in December, and saw Trent come on towards the latter stages of the game.

This wouldn’t compare to his first full league start though.

Up until this point, it had been fairly routine for the academy player, but this was monumentally transformed as he was presented a first full league start, away to bitter rivals, Manchester United.

With injuries eating away at his side, Klopp had to take a leap of faith and trust the 18 year old to deliver.

Deliver; he did.


A 1-1 draw the end outcome did not reflect the true result. Liverpool were almightily unlucky not to come away with all three points. It ended honours even, with a sense of disappointment lingering. This feeling of ‘we maybe could have done more’ was not applicable to Trent, however.

He was thrown into the deep end, but he did not drown amidst the pressure, instead; rising to the challenge set upon him. He tamed the Manchester United attack for the most part of the game, only for the home side to score late on and put a damper on things. Nonetheless, it was still a terrific full debut.

Despite playing for the first team- making seven league appearances, Trent mainly featured for the Under 23’s side, where he played brilliantly.

In the final game of the season, he scored a splendid outside of the foot goal in what was a finish any striker would be proud of. This came against rivals, Everton, a team he also faced up against for the first team, he entered the fray late on in Liverpool’s comfortable 3-1 win back in April.


Whenever he has played for the first team, whether it be starting or coming on from off the bench, he has shown how talented he is. His standard of crossing is impressive for such a youthful player. Any opportunity presented by Jürgen Klopp, he has grabbed with both hands.

It’s clear he also possesses hunger and desire. In a recent exclusive interview, Trent described how he wouldn’t be satisfied with himself until he captains the Reds. This is a real statement of intent,  bold and ambitious words for a player who looks destined for the big time.

But can he push Clyne out of the side? 


Clyne himself, has even realised the talent of Trent and is evidently wary of his position. He said :

“He’s such a young lad and he’s full of confidence, you can see on the pitch that nothing fazes him. You can see he’s definitely talented and he’s got a real bright future ahead of him”

Clyne has been one of the Reds’ most consistent performers since his arrival at the start of the 2015/16 season.

His pace up and down the flanks, critical, and defensive duties; equally as imperative to the side.

The former Southampton man’s biggest danger for opposition teams is his ability to get forward and join the attack. His downfall however, can be his level of defending at times- finding himself astray from the blistering attacks of opponents due to his advanced positioning, which sees him surge forward habitually.

Although Clyne has more experience to go by,  Klopp may test out Trent on a more regular basis next season. This may just be what the former Southampton player needs; competition.

Having had no one to challenge him for the role, he may step up his game in order to secure his name in the staring eleven.

Trent has also shown that full back is not the only area he can occupy. He has played in the centre of midfield for the Under 23’s, on a number of occasions- could this be a potential avenue to explore?

The Reds look set for a prosperous future with the talent rising through the ranks, Trent is undoubtedly one of those who could go on to achieve great things at the club.

Only time will tell.

Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Football, premier league

James Milner: Unsung Hero- Will He Remain In Klopp’s Plans?

Mr Versatile, James Milner, has proven his worth for the Reds this season on numerous occasions, but does he receive the credit he truly deserves?


Milner, who has been at the Reds for almost two years, was initially brought to the club to fill the void of  club legend, Steven Gerrard ; in the centre of midfield.

However, this role was altered in an unorthodox manner, with the former Man City player transferring to a left back role.

This change took effect back in August last year, as it became evident that Alberto Moreno was not in Jürgen Klopp’s plans, ceasing to be the preferred left back candidate.

At all his previous clubs, Milner has always played in midfield, whether it be in the middle of the park or the flanks. This change to defence was quite surprising, especially given he hadn’t played at full back prior to this.

He has taken to this role superbly, however, looking equally at home in defence.

Despite a downfall for the Englishman being his lack of pace, he certainly makes up for this with his relentless effort and energy, vigorous pressing , as well as his excellent delivery; crossing wise.


Milner has exemplified just how much of a jack of all trades he really is.

His regressive move to the back line hasn’t stopped him contributing goals to the team either. The vice captain of the club has bagged seven goals this campaign (16/17) with  six coming from the penalty spot. Not to mention his four assists.


He has stepped up to the plate whenever needed most, the only time he failed to convert a spot kick was against Southampton at home in a 0-0 draw.

The Saints’ unsaintly distraction tactics appeared to rub off on Milner as he ran up nervously to take the penalty and consequently missed- which was very out of character.

This was Milner’s first spot kick miss since joining the Reds in 2015,  and ended his 100% penalty conversion rate; which stood at ten penalties scored from ten attempts.

Whilst certain players’ enthusiasm and desire is questionable at certain times, that is not the case with Milner. His work ethic is extremely refreshing to watch and he is not one to moan or dispute decisions made by Klopp, illustrated by his willingness to switch to left back without any questions asked.

Although Milner has carried out a fine job in his new role, will there be room for him next season?

Liverpool’s intention to recruit an actual left back has become evident, pursuing the likes of Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand, and Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy.

But what does this mean for Milner?

The Reds’ jam packed midfield which contains: Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Lucas, leaves little room for the workaholic, Milner. This is compounded by the fact that summer signings in midfield are also very probable- limiting his chances even further.

As vice captain, it is clear he possesses valuable traits which benefit the team, but it proves challenging to determine who would be removed from the squad to cater for his relocation in the heart of the side.

Will he take up more of a sporadic role? Or will he be left on the bench frequently, with the potential to come on and change the game?

Depriving Milner of minutes next season could potentially spell the end of his Liverpool career, as he may wish to play a more instrumental role elsewhere.

The Reds would be very foolish to dispose of a player of Milner’s calibre, Klopp must find a way of squeezing him into his plans, because it is clear; he still has plenty to offer.

Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Football, premier league

Why Liverpool Must Keep Hold Of Emre Can

With just a year remaining on his contract and no real sign of progression in contract talks, Liverpool must tie Emre Can to a new deal, now.

The powerful German midfielder has been a key asset to the Reds’ midfield this season and it’s imperative they don’t lose him.

At just 23, he still has bags of potential, despite already showing his array of qualities. To sell him would be a catastrophic error considering the fact that he is likely to only improve as time advances.

Can has scored five league goals this campaign just gone, with his goal against Watford winning the goal of the season award, in what was a sublime piece of skill.


After being subject to mass criticism in the first few months of the season, Can proved the doubters wrong and was instrumental for the side in the latter stages.

Since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, the German international has morphed into a key figure at Anfield. Losing him would result in a lack of solidity in the midfield- with other Liverpool midfielders not possessing the same stature and physique that Can bolsters.

The dynamism and energy of Can makes him unique. Coutinho, Firmino, and Lallana all possess an abundance of flair, which enables them to dazzle opponents and weave their magic. Whereas, Can holds something incomparable. He is able to drive at defences, but can also carry out the nitty- gritty defensive duties.

In a press conference last month, ahead of the Southampton game at Anfield, Klopp said the following :

“There’s no secret of how much I like Emre- and how much he likes the club too. It is two partners with big respect for each other.

“We are in talks with him, but there is no pressure for him.

“If we can keep good players that makes sense for good development and he is one of those good players.”

But, since this statement of intent to secure his services by Klopp, there has been no further news and it has been reported that Juventus are keeping tabs on Can.

As his contract runs down, the likelihood of him departing surges upwards. The Reds must seriously weigh up their options and negotiate a deal, or otherwise face losing him.

Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Football, premier league

Sense Of Déjà vu For Reds Following Van Dijk Transfer Collapse- Top 5 Missed Transfers

There is an air of familiarity in the news of the Virgil Van Dijk transfer deal falling short of the mark, it is a trip down memory lane for many Reds fans, as they recall all the signings that should’ve and could’ve been.

Liverpool FC released the following statement tonight regarding Van Dijk  :

“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player. ”

But, just who else have the Reds missed out on over the years?

Here are the top five recent players that got away:


1. Dele Alli- January 2015

Alli, who is now one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League was playing at League One side MK Dons, just three years ago. Hard to believe, yes.


Manager at the time, Brendan Rodgers, was keen on the English youngster and went as far as to arrange a meeting for Alli to meet his childhood hero , Steven Gerrard, who was to be leaving his beloved club that season ( 2014/15), Alli was seen as the long term replacement.

Alli, who was a boyhood Liverpool fan, went to Liverpool to hold talks, and after being told Gerrard was going to be present, he arrived to find that this wasn’t the case. It was reported that Gerrard was asleep at the time he was supposed to be meeting the young English midfielder.

As talks progressed, negotiations hit a brick wall over wage demands, with Liverpool only willing to offer a youth team wage of around £4,000.

Spurs then came in and swooped Alli from under the grasp of the Reds, for £5 million.  It became clear that Tottenham were willing to meet the required player demands that Liverpool were not.

The two time consecutive winner of PFA young player of the year award is flourishing at Spurs and has proved to be a colossal loss for the Merseyside team.


2. Alexis Sanchez- July 2014

With talisman Luis Suarez on the way out of Anfield and Barcelona being the likely destination, Liverpool tried to use this to their advantage in a ploy to use Suarez as part of a swap plus cash deal.

The Reds were demanding Alexis Sanchez as well as around £30 million for the Catalan side to obtain the Uruguayan forward.

Suarez departed Anfield, but there was no arrival at Anfield in the shape of Sanchez.

This is because Arsenal won the race for the Chilean, spending £35 million to bring him to the Emirates.


It has been suggested that the deal was never probable due to the fact that Sanchez favoured moving to the area of London as opposed to anywhere else.

The Arsenal forward has since gone on to be one of the best players in the Premier League, scoring an impressive 53 goals in 103 games in all competitions for the Gunners.

3. Willian- August 2013 :

Willian, who was at Anzhi Makhachkala of  the Russian League in 2013, was tipped to join Liverpool in a £30 million move.

The deal was reportedly agreed and all details finalised. However, out of nowhere it became apparent that Spurs was going to be his preferred choice of destination, similarly to Sanchez, opting for a move to the capital.

The Brazilian flew to London for his medical and final agreements, but then as Spurs themselves did, Chelsea came in at the last minute to throw their plan into jeopardy in what was a drastic, last minute U-turn which saw him move to the  Blues.


Roman Abramovich, made a personal call to fellow Russian, Suleyman Kerimov, the Anzhi owner which saw him seal the deal.

Willian has been a key player at Chelsea over the past four years and would have been a terrific addition to the Liverpool squad should the deal have materialised.


4. Diego Costa – July 2014

Another current Chelsea player who could well have ended up at Anfield, is Diego Costa.

The Reds made a £21 million bid at the start of August 2013, which was the required amount to trigger the release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid.

The deal failed though, as Costa signed a new contract at Atletico shortly after this.

However, he then went on to sign for Chelsea a year later.


It is reported that Jose Mourinho, the then Blues manager, scuppered Liverpool’s deal for Costa a year in advance, by ringing Costa and persuading him to wait a year and then sign for Chelsea.

He did just that, and since then has netted 52 Premier League goals.

Liverpool have lacked an out and out striker ever since Luis Suarez fled to Barcelona, Costa would have been an ideal replacement.

5. Christian Eriksen – August 2013

Eriksen, joined Spurs in an £11.5 million deal in 2013, but Liverpool were long term admirers of the Danish midfielder.

The Reds declared their interest for the former Ajax man in January 2012, but Eriksen himself said that the transfer was “not on the cards”.


Liverpool came back hunting the following year in 2013, in the summer window.

However, they faced stiff competition from Spurs, who proved problematic on a number of occasions for the Reds in transfer dealings with the likes of Dele Alli, Clint Dempsey, Hugo Lloris, and Christian Eriksen all snubbing a move to Merseyside in favour of the Lilywhites.

Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini flew to Amsterdam to negotiate with Ajax and the move paid off.

Eriksen said: “It really impressed me that they wanted it so badly and wanted to do it so quickly”

In the end, he chose White Hart Lane as his destination and it was another missed opportunity for the Reds.


Eriksen has shown on countless occasions his range of talent whilst in the Premier League, and leaves Liverpool fans only able to imagine ‘what if’.

Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Uncategorized

Liverpool End Van Dijk Pursuit

Liverpool have officially withdrawn themselves from the race for heavily saught after, Virgil Van Dijk.

This comes after weeks of reports linking the Reds to the Dutch centre back.

The club released the following statement:

“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player. ”

Jurgen Klopp’s interest in the player has become apparent in recent weeks, with it being rumoured that secret discussions had been made with Klopp and Van Dijk in association with a move to Merseyside.

It was also reported recently that Van Dijk himself had declared Liverpool his number one destination,  leaving the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City heavy hearted.

But, Southampton reacted negatively to stories liking their key man away from St Mary’s and reported Liverpool to the Premier League over the way the speculation has been reported.

They allege that they haven’t had any real idea over what the situation is- stating that they hadn’t received any contact from Jürgen Klopp or any club representative.

This is a major blow for the Reds in the transfer market, as the former Celtic defender would have been a terrific acquisition.

Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Uncategorized

Premier League 2016/17: Season Review – Places 11-20


11th- West Ham

The surprise success of West Brom and  Bournemouth , is not fitting for 11th placed, West Ham; who following their move to the Olympic stadium have had limited success. After Dimitri Payet fired the Hammers up the table to 8th place last season- things were looking on the up; especially added with the transition to their new stadium.

However, Slaven Bilic lost the services of key man, Payet, in the January transfer window, this misery was compounded by poor performances, particularly at home. The move from the Boleyn stadium has not gone to plan; they will be hoping for better next time around.


12th- Leicester

Champions; Leicester, could not repeat history- and instead finished mid table. Things could have been much worse than this however, with the Foxes’ lingering over the drop zone near Christmas.

Cult hero of last season, Claudio Ranieri, was shown the door, much to the disbelief of the Leicester fans. Craig Shakespeare managed to turn things around, with a strong feeling of player power associated with the resurgence.


Jamie Vardy managed to find his scoring boots and scored seven goals in his last 13 games to make sure of Premier League safety.

13th- Stoke

Stoke ended up in 13th place, in what was an underwhelming season for the Potters.

They started the season horrifically, with talk of relegation a serious likelihood. They managed to pick themselves up however, and progressed up the table.

Signings at the club had mixed success.  Summer signing, Ramadan Sobhi, failed to make his mark in the team, and likewise, January addition, Saido Berahino didn’t prove himself, following his £13 million move.  Fellow January signing, Lee Grant, proved to be a hit though, filling in for the injured Jack Butland in goal.


With the talent in their squad with the likes of: Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic,  and Joe Allen, you would expect more from them. The same can also be said for the team who finished one place worse off than them, Crystal Palace.

14th- Crystal Palace:

Perched in 14th position, the Eagles survived, but made it extremely complex, pulling off wins away at Liverpool, Chelsea, and a home win against Arsenal to beat the drop.

Mamadou Sakho’s loan move was pivotal in the survival of the club, in his first five games, Palace kept five clean sheets. It will be a major benefit if they are able to sign the Frenchman on a permanent basis next season. But, with talent such as: Wiflried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Yohan Cabaye, and Andros Townsend, you would expect much better.


15th- Swansea:

Swansea pulled off a miracle to land 15th place. Having already parted with two managers before January following Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley’s departures, when Paul Clement took to the hot seat there was not a lot of hope and belief they could survive, as he took over with them rooted to the bottom of the table.

The Englishman performed heroics, with an impressive win at Liverpool setting the tone early on in his tenure. This was followed by beating their Merseyside rivals- Everton, at home, combined with collecting  a point at Old Trafford and  thus enabling them to pick themselves up.


This unlikely revival was powered by Spanish striker, Fernando Llorente, who bagged 13 goals for Swans, Gylfi Sigurdsson was also imperative to the team, the Icelandic midfielder providing both goals and assists in an abundance.

16th- Burnley

Burnley can be pleased with 16th place- at one stage it even looked like they may finish even higher. Nonetheless, it was still a campaign to make fans of the Lancashire side, proud.


Having been sent straight back down to the Championship on their previous two ventures to the pinnacle of English football, this season they guaranteed that history wouldn’t repeat itself. Staying up was the only thing on their agenda. Their home form was the overriding factor for their success, boasting the ninth best home record and collecting only one fewer point than Manchester United at home.


17th- Watford

It was a drowsy and dismal season for Watford. On their return to the dizzy heights of the Premier League last season, they handled it in supreme fashion, finishing impressively in 12th place. But, this time they found themselves slumped one place above the drop zone.

The peculiar decision to part company with Quique Sanchez Flores after such unprecedented success appeared to have cost them this year. The Hornets announced Walter Mazzari, who won the Champions League whilst at Inter Milan, as their new manager.


His inability to speak English is rumoured to have caused uncertainty and a lack of communication between himself and the players. The deadly goal scoring partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo of last season, was torn in half as Ighalo sought pastures new; taking up a big money to China. Watford ended the season with a 5-0 drubbing; at the hands of Manchester City.

18th- Hull City

Hull City, who were making a re-appearance in the league following promotion, occupied the first of the three relegation positions. Having started the season with essentially half a team, with the amount of players who were injured, compounded by a lack of summer signings, the Tigers were tipped from the off to be sent packing, many envisaged them finishing bottom.

The doubters looked to be left choking on their words as they started superbly, that brilliant August month was not repeated however, and the remaining months were anything but superb, quite the opposite.

As manager Mike Phelan exited the club, Olympiakos coach, Marco Silva, was the man to enter the fray and attempt to keep the club afloat. His spell was actually fairly successful, the record which he possessed in Greece, of not losing a home game was extended to 41 games at Hull, but was ended when Sunderland pulled off a surprise victory at the KCOM stadium.

As they reached the home stretch, there was not enough fight left in the team. The final day of the season provided one last sucker punch as Spurs inflicted a ridiculous 7-1 romping.


19th- Middlesbrough 

Another promoted team were sent back where they came from, as Middlesbrough endured a torrid season, in which they only mustered a measly 27 goals all season, Spurs managed half of this amount in just their last two matches.

Of course, every team needs goals in order to succeed, and this is where all their problems lay this season. Their summer signings were far superior to that of fellow strugglers, Hull City.  The additions of  the experienced Alvaro Negredo, Victor Valdes, and Antonio Barragan,  meant people held high hopes for Boro.

This was short lived however, there was not any particular moments in the season where they looked impressive or like they could win a match.  The sacking of Aitor Karanka didn’t resolve any of the problems, goals still struggled to follow after Steve Agnew took charge.


20th- Sunderland

Last and most certainly least, Sunderland.

It was nothing short of a disaster.

Having pulled off the unthinkable the last few seasons and surfacing against the odds every year, it was finally time for the Black Cats to be taken under as their luck finally ran out.

They were poor for the most part of the season, with very little for fans to get excited about.

David Moyes was the chosen one to take over from the good work Sam Allardyce had done the previous season to keep them up. But, Moyes couldn’t fulfill this task and has since announced his resignation.

The glimmer of hope all season for Sunderland, was veteran striker, Jermain Defoe, who scored 14 goals and rescued them a number of times. Aside from him, there was little room for praise.

Sunderland looked so out of depth at times, like many; I am unsure if they will even survive the Championship. They have looked so poor this season, back to back relegation’s seems highly probable, and wouldn’t be the first time it has happened either.




As another Premier League season draws to a close, we can take a minute to absorb all the glory and drama, reflect on the highs and lows, and appreciate the true beauty of the league we are so privileged to watch.

A season which saw last year’s champions finish 12th this time, and the occupants of 10th, win the league this time around.

Next season promises to contain thrills, spills and the unknown, who would dare predict who the victors will be, because with this league; you never know.


Tom Cavilla.

Posted in Football

Premier League 16/17: Season Review- Places 1-10

As another gut wrenching, spine tingling, eye opening, Premier League season draws to a halt, Chelsea are the team who conquered the survival of the fittest challenge.

1st Chelsea:

Waltzing to a 5-1 victory on John Terry’s final appearance for the Blues, it was clear that Antonio Conte’s side were worthy victors.

They have been undoubtedly the best team in the league.

N’Golo Kante who won the league with Leicester the previous year, added to this collection with another title. He was the engine and driving force in the unflawed Chelsea side.

Eden Hazard was back to his brilliant best, Diego Costa was on form, and David Luiz looked a much matured player in his second stint with the club.


The whole team played to a high standard throughout the season. But, their defence was where the key to success laid. Marcos Alonso, who signed in the summer; raised a few eyebrows with his £30 million move, following an unsuccessful spell at relegated Sunderland previously, he was immense however, and as well defending well, he also contributed an impressive tally of goals. Cesar Azpilucueta moved to centre-half for most of the season, following Alonso’s arrival and did a fine job.

Following a poor start to the season, with defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool in the first six league games, Conte switched to a three back formation, with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wingbacks.

After this change, the Blues went on a colossal run of form, winning 13 league games consecutively.  This was ended when they lost to Spurs 2-0, in what was their first defeat in months; which sparked talk of a collapse happening after this. But, this was not the case, and Conte’s side collected a record 30 wins in a single season.

2nd- Spurs

Spurs, who ended the season in second place, were fierce competitors and pushed Chelsea to the very end. Similarly, last year they mounted a strong title bid, but it was another case of “so close, but yet so far away “ for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Harry Kane continued his goal scoring prowess, grabbing the golden boot for a second successive season and effectively silenced his critics who labelled him a one season wonder.

Heung Min Son and Dele Alli were exquisite towards the end of the season and helped Spurs to keep the pressure on the Blues.


A defeat away at West Ham with only a few games to go all but ended hopes of catching the leaders.

The future looks bright under Pochettinho however.

3rd- Manchester City

Guardiola’s City placed in 3rd, a disappointing season for Pep, who had won the league title in his last three seasons with Bayern Munich, before joining City.

The Premier League perhaps proved to be a more complex challenge than first envisaged, having become accustomed to brushing aside the likes of Granada and Darmstadt by six goals, in his last two stints with Barcelona and Bayern.

Many tipped the Sky Blues for the title, this claim seemed probable after 8 games in with City undefeated, but the tides turned in December and Guardiola’s men capsized.

It has become clear; the Premier League is no easy ride.

Things are on the up for City however, Leroy Sane impressed in his first season at the Etihad, and Gabriel Jesus was deadly whenever he played. The Brazilian arrived in January, but missed most of the games following this, as he broke a bone in his foot.


4th- Liverpool

Liverpool secured a Champions League place for only the second time in eight years, and Klopp’s side were worthy occupants of the final European spot. Having been first at one point in the season, around the November stage, things were looking promising and there were was talk of a title challenge like the 13/14 season coming to fruition.


This sense of optimism was sent crashing back down through the ground as injuries crippled any kind of title bid.

Star player, Philippe Coutinho, was ruled out for almost two months in the busiest period of the season (winter period), this cost the Reds dearly and was evident as they slumped to a wretched January which saw them win just once in nine games, with this unimpressive win coming against Plymouth Argyle in an FA cup replay.

Daniel Sturridge endured another season of injury-struck frustration, which saw him side-lined for the majority of the season, as well as captain Jordan Henderson.

Additionally, Sadio Mane, the catalyst for the Liverpool attack, jetted off for the African Cup Of Nations, and fled with Liverpool’s ingenuity. He also suffered an injury in April which kept him out for the remainder of the Reds’ games.

Had they had more luck with injuries, could this season have been a different story?

5th- Arsenal:

Consistently impressive, Arsenal, were unimpressively inconsistent this season as they failed to secure a top four finish for the first time in over 20 years.

Wenger in or out was the main concern for supporters for the course of the season, as the relationship between the man who has served the club for a inconceivable amount of time and the fans deteriorated.


News surrounding the club appeared to rub off on the players on a number of occasions, whether it be rumours surrounding the Frenchman’s future, or talk of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil seeking pastures new,  which seemed to cause a feeling of uncertainty.

Any team spirit was well and truly disposed of at the turn of the new year.

There was some salvation elsewhere however, the Gunners lifted a record 13 FA cup to end the season on a high.

6th- Manchester United

Manchester United suffered a painful season in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager.

A 6th placed finish not expected at all after being favourites for the title along with their Manchester counterparts.

World record signing, Paul Pogba, failed to deliver and has been nothing short of underwhelming for all the hype surrounding him.

The theatre of dreams turned into the theatre of draws as the Red Devils slumped to the most draws in the league and dropped a significant amount of points at home too.

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom though, they did manage to secure two major honours in the Capital One Cup, and UEFA Europa League. Success in Stockholm was imperative for qualifying for next season’s Champions League, which they have now secured.


This cup success rescued what would have been another underachieving year.

Mourinho will be hoping for bigger and better things next season, that’s for sure.

7th- Everton

Everton secured the final Europa league position in what was a fairly standard season for the Toffees. Romelu Lukaku was the shining light in the side yet again and lead his team to a comfortable seventh place finish.

They enjoyed a successful record at home, had they only been able to duplicate this form on their travels, they could have done much better.

Their key task now is holding onto Lukaku, who has been subject to reports of moving away from Goodison.


8th- Southampton

Southampton sealed eight place, with a surprisingly low points tally of 46 points. It was another season of departures at St Mary’s, something which has become a reoccurring trend. They seem to escape unscathed each season however, and eight place signifies this.

Southampton have announced they have parted company with manager, Claude Puel, whoever his replacement will be, their biggest priority  will be keeping hold of Virgil Van Dijk, who is heavily sought after by all the top teams in the league.


9th- Bournemouth + 10th West Brom

There were surprise packages in the form of Bournemouth and West Brom, who finished in 9th and 10th respectively. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth just about kept their Premier League status intact after finishing 17th last season, they improved significantly this campaign. Norwegian forward, Josh King, has been at the heart of this success, netting on 17 occasions.


Tony Pulis ensured that his record of never being relegated with a Premier League side continued. The Baggies played some brilliant football at times this season, and were surging up the table, finding themselves situated in 8th place at one point. Performances dwindled in the latter stages of the season, but a top half finish is everything and more that they could’ve wished for.


Tom Cavilla.