After discussing the PFA Player of the Year in my blog, odds are now available on who finishes in the PFA Team of the Year. Liverpool players are expected to heavily feature and one bookmaker is offering just 6/1 that 10 or more players make the team. It’s only 33/1 all 11 players are from Liverpool! As short as those odds are, it gives a good indication of the perception of this Liverpool side who have made the best ever start to a league season. What’s interesting in this respect is Betfair and Paddy Power are offering individual odds for players, including two big prices on Liverpool players…
9 players have started 17 games or more with the next two Fabinho (12 starts) and Joe Gomez (11 starts) seemingly the most contentious. So of those 9 these are the odds in ascending order:
– van Dijk 1/200
– Alexander-Arnold 1/100
– Henderson 1/50
– Alisson 1/12
– Mane 1/9
– Robertson 1/7
– Salah 8/15
– Firmino 7/1
– Wijnaldum 17/2
Roberto Firmino 7/1? Only three goals less than Mane (1/9) and more assists than both him and Salah (8/15) and only 3 less than Alexander-Arnold (1/100). Contenders according to the odds are Vardy Evs (just 1 goal in 10) and 6/4 Aguero (only started 14 of 25 games). He’s widely appreciated as being crucial in Klopp’s system.
Wijnaldum 17/2? Whilst not the most flamboyant of players he’s started 24/25 games. Statistically he doesn’t stand out, he’s not flashy, but he’s an important cog in this Liverpool system, and there’s a great compilation on YouTube that sums his game up quite well, Is There Any Point Pressing Gini Wijnaldum? There’s a reason Klopp’s picked him for 96% of matches. Contenders here are Grealish 17/10 (short for a man with just 7 goals for a side 17th) and Maddison 3/1 (just one goal in 12 games). One man worthy of consideration is Adama Traore at 16/1. Match winner in both games v man city, Traore has been terrorising defences all season. Most dribbles in Europe, 20 players have been booked for fouling him!
A non-Liverpool player that is worth a bet is Dean Henderson at a massive 33/1. Touted as potentially England’s number 1 this summer, Henderson has kept the joint most clean sheets this season (9), along with 1/12 Alisson and Nick Pope. Alisson might not actually be as much of a shoe in as the odds suggest given he’s only started 17 games because of injury and suspension (68%). Henderson has conceded the fewest goals and the best save % outside of Liverpool this season.