Posted on May 27th, 2019
Now that the hotly contested run of the Premier League 2018-19 is over with the title won by the defending champions, Manchester City, the time for transfers and changes to the team has arrived. A team that is speculated to go through most change is Manchester United, for example one of their star players and goalkeeper, David de Gea has already “emotionally checked out” of Old Trafford and will leave the club in the summer, after witnessing an extremely disappointing season with the Red Devils.
But let’s look at the brighter and better side of the Premier League this season. Who were considered the best players and the best managers this year? Keep reading to find out!
Raheem Sterling: winger and attacking midfielder for Manchester City
Sterling is one of Man City’s treasured players and for good reason. Remarkably, City had gone on to win each of the last 26 Premier League matches in which Sterling has found the target. Sterling’s versatility is another standout hallmark of his game. A selfless team player, he has performed with distinction whether asked to play on either the right or left flanks or being deployed more centrally. His pace stretches teams and his ability to go past defenders is vital in helping to create space. He was also voted ‘best player’ by football correspondents Sachin Nakrani and David Hytner.
Virgil van Dijk: centre-back for Liverpool
At the time Liverpool paid £75m for Van Dijk, which was considered a pricey sum by many. Instead, he has almost single-handedly given Jürgen Klopp the ability to build from a solid base, transforming the team’s prospects. No centre-back has had this profound an influence in years. The Dutchman has transformed Liverpool’s backline, a once-porous rearguard now the stingiest in the division. The £75m they paid for his services feels like a bargain. Liverpool’s defensive stats this season are striking by any normal standards but the transformation from last year shows just how much of an impact Virgil van Dijk has had in a short time. He was also voted ‘best player’ by football correspondents Andy Hunter and Nick Ames.
Bernardo Silva: midfielder for Manchester City
Simon Burnton, a football correspondent, claims: “Bernardo Silva has been an absolute joy – a wonderful combination of technique, tenacity and enthusiasm, and important both creatively and defensively”. He is the prototype Guardiola player: a diminutive quick thinker, focused and supremely fit. He loses the ball as infrequently as Xavi and he has the control of Andres Iniesta. “He’s got the best first touch of any City player that I’ve ever seen,” declared lifelong fan Steve Craven on the way to the game. “What impresses me most about him is his relentless work rate and recovery of the ball.” He was also voted ‘best player’ by football correspondents by Barry Glendenning and Jamie Jackson.
Pep Guardiola: manager of Manchester City
The best is Pep Guardiola; his team’s response to a brilliant Liverpool side confirms that. Vincent Kompany- centre back for Manchester City says working with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has ‘reinvigorated his love for football’. Back-to-back league titles, the second one achieved with a 14-game winning streak, and the possibility of a historic domestic treble. It serves as a reminder that, when it comes to winners, the Manchester City manager has no peers in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp: manager of Liverpool
Klopp took on the financial might of Manchester City and almost won. He couldn’t have done much more, and in the process the German displayed a level of tactical maturity and charismatic inspiration that could yet take Liverpool to Champions League glory. The title may just have eluded him, but Liverpool lost only once all season and the chasm to Manchester City closed from 25 points to just one. That in itself is a remarkable achievement, given the champions’ standards hardly dipped.