Liverpool finished the Premier League season as runners-up, whilst Everton finished in eighth position.
BBC Sport pundit Kevin Kilbane has named current or former Liverpool trio Virgil van Dik, Andrew Robertson and Luis Suarez in his Premier League Team of the Decade, alongside Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
Striker Suarez is the only player not playing for either of those clubs as he is now plying his trade at La Liga giants Barcelona following his stellar scoring season at Anfield a number of years ago.
Centre-back Van Dijk and Left-back Robertson have played in a Reds team that have reached back-to-back Champions League finals and recorded 97 points in the Premier League this term. As for Coleman, he ended the current season on a high after recently recovering from a horrific leg injury.
Nonetheless, speaking to Off The Ball, former Republic of Ireland international Kilbane explained why those players, excluding Suarez, made his PL Team of the Decade.
On Van Dijk: “If I am looking at his performances over these last 18 months, it’s transformed the team,” Van Dijk told Off The Ball. “I don’t think any one player has made a difference to one side than Van Dijk has made. Absolutely phenomenal. He’s done well at Southampton as well – I think Van Dijk is a better player [than John Terry].”
On Robertson: “I could have gone with Baines, but I have gone with Robertson. Standout performances. This season with his creativity and his assists as well. Simply brilliant. His performances over these last few seasons have taken him beyond Baines – I think he’s taken full-back to a new level. He is now the benchmark.
On Coleman: “It had to be Coleman. You look at Zabaleta. You look at Kyle Walker who you could have put it in. Consistency wise, particularly this season, he has to be in there. I’d fight a case strongly that Coleman should have won a trophy with any of those top four clubs over the last decade. I think Coleman is better than Zabaleta.”
There is no doubt that Kilbane’s selections will surprise and shock many people, even the inclusion of Van Dijk, who has not played much football during this decade.
The likes of John Terry, Vidic, Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole, among others, will feel that they should be ahead of the above players mentioned, especially considering what they won during that period.
Nonetheless, Van Dijk and Robertson could be crowned European Champions on June 1st when they take on Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid.