Liverpool's 2016 was categorized by a consistency across the pitch in areas where in previous years the team has not enjoyed this apparent luxury. With front line players out, the Reds turned to more than capable replacements. This season's players stepped up for Klopp and dived right in with all their heart, enabling Liverpool to maintain its position through difficult patches.
Ragnar Klavan was signed by Jurgen Klopp as a backup defender and definitely not someone in the A team plans. But the experienced Estonian player was called on for nine appearances in 2016 including more recent starts due to injuries suffered by Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip. For a player without much game time, he easily slotted in alongside Matip and Lovren. He was signed as defensive cover for injury and he delivered exactly to plan, playing with composure to make an impact and impress Klopp.
Georginio Wijnaldum was signed in the off-season from Newcastle and the 26-year-old Dutchman slotted into the midfield seamlessly, playing a disciplined and low risk style of distribution behind more live wire players like Coutinho, Mane, Firmino and Lallana. He is a player that doesn’t receive the plaudits in the press, but he makes the game look effortless and has become a great asset for the Reds and a key part of Klopp’s rotation.
Divock Origi enjoyed a rich vein of form towards the end of 2016, and due to injuries, he started in a string of matches. With Sturridge and Coutinho out, Origi became a central figure in the Reds offence, bagging goals in consecutive outings against Boro, West Ham, Bournemouth, Leeds United and Sunderland. At only 21 years of age, the Middlesbrough game marked Origi’s 50th game for the club, he is already developing as a star of the future
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.