GK: Simon Mignolet

Liverpool won’t be in the market for a goalkeeper this summer.

Since his December recall, Mignolet has kept nine clean sheets, with his previously-drained confidence evidently bolstered, too.

That Jurgen Klopp’s side have finished the season with four consecutive clean sheets is testament to his improvement.

RB: Antonio Valencia

It is easy to forget that Valencia is relatively new to right-back.

In the Ecuadorian’s second full season in the position, only Paul Pogba started more league matches for Manchester United.

Valencia has been active at both ends, crossing the ball more than any other defender, while making more tackles per match than any other top-six right-back.

CB: Virgil van Dijk

That the Premier League’s elite are queuing up to sign Van Dijk despite five months of inaction is proof of his pre-injury excellence.

Only five defenders managed more interceptions per match this season, while he also ranks seventh in aerial duels won.

Around £50m could – and should – exchange hands for the stylish Dutchman this summer.

CB: Ben Gibson

With six matches remaining, Middlesbrough had conceded fewer goals than Arsenal – and every non-top-seven side – so they warrant defensive recognition.

Gibson started every one of Boro’s games, earning an England call-up in the process, and will surely not play Championship football next season.

Considering that he is the chairman’s nephew, though, they could be awkward exit talks.

LB: Marcos Alonso

Prospective champions signing an ex-Bolton and Sunderland left-back for £24m raised eyebrows.

But a move to Fiorentina evidently took Alonso to a new level.

The Spaniard was fundamental in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation – scoring six goals and laying on three – with his sweet left foot particularly vital.


CM: David Silva

Another Premier League season passes, and Silva remains wildly undervalued.

Only three players produced more key passes than the Spaniard this term, while the king of the pre-assist laid on seven goals himself.

But you don’t need stats to appreciate Silva. He is the most aesthetically-pleasing player in the division.

CM: Georginio Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum’s contributions in Liverpool’s biggest matches secures him a spot at the heart of midfield.

The Dutchman – whose expensive signing was widely questioned – scored in two pivotal victories, the winner at home to Manchester City and the 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield.

CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Swansea have plenty to thank Sigurdsson for.

The Icelandic attacking midfielder recorded the third-highest number of assists in the entire division this season and scored nine goals, with his set-piece expertise particularly vital.

Without him – a reality that they may face next season – the Swans would probably be in the Championship.

AM: Josh King

Perhaps the season’s biggest individual overachiever.

An enormously popular Fantasy Football pick, King’s 16 league goals beats that registered by some illustrious opposition, including Jermain Defoe, Son Heung-Min and Olivier Giroud.

Finding himself in the right place at the right time has been the key to a stellar season which saw him nearly treble his career goals tally from nine to 25.

ST: Jermain Defoe

Widely appreciated for scrabbling together 15 goals with little inspiration around him, Defoe forms part of a potent front two.

His goals-per-shot ratio betters that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero, while he was responsible for over half of his team’s goals – a figure beaten by nobody.

It is impossible to overstate quite how bad Sunderland would have been without him.

ST: Jamie Vardy

Not bad for a snake.

When Claudio Ranieri was sacked in March, Leicester were inside the relegation zone, and Vardy was labouring on five league goals.

His subsequent glut of eight has helped save the Foxes from relegation, reignited their champion spirit, and reminded everybody what a useful weapon he is.

Manager: Craig Shakespeare

Yes, sacking Claudio Ranieri was hard-nosed, but Leicester have been vindicated in appointing Shakespeare.

Promotion for the popular assistant is rarely successful, yet this one has taken to the job easily.

The champions were headed for the Championship before the 53-year-old prompted five straight league wins, and a return to their title-winning selves.