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Power Ranking Every Liverpool Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentMay 12, 2014

Power Ranking Every Liverpool Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    Although there was no trophy to be lifted at the end of it all, Liverpool's 2013-14 season was a stunning journey of progress, pride and passion.

    Brendan Rodgers restored hope and belief into both his players and the fans of the club, creating an incredible roller-coaster of a journey, rewarded with the return of Champions League football at Anfield next season.

    In a season of far more highs than lows, there were some outstanding contributions from players who embraced the title challenge as much as the supporters.

    Here, we rank the players in order of their contribution, based on the Premier League campaign. Let us know if you agree with the order and tell us who shone for you in the comments section below.

25. Brad Smith

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    Appearances: 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Smith’s second-half substitute appearance in a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in December seemed like a public plea from Rodgers to the club’s owners for financial support in improving the squad with the January transfer window around the corner.

    Smith was given a tough time by Chelsea’s experienced stars, and the now 20-year-old made little impact.

24. Joao Carlos Teixeira

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    Appearances: 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Teixeira made a brief appearance in Liverpool's dramatic 3-2 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage in February.

    He brought play forward and inspired a late drive for the win but has not featured since.

23. Jordon Ibe

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    Appearances: 1

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    With Liverpool cruising to a 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield in February, youngster Ibe came on for the final 14 minutes but looked rather inexperienced in the limelight.

    He finished the season on-loan to Birmingham City in the Championship, playing a key part in them surviving a relegation battle.

22. Andre Wisdom

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    Appearances: 2

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    Wisdom made two appearances early on in the season for Liverpool—as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Manchester United and as a starter in the 2-2 draw at Swansea.

    The 21-year-old looked strong, calm and intelligent, but was sent to Championship side Derby County on loan for the season to bolster his experience.

21. Martin Kelly

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    Appearances: 5

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Brief substitution appearances for Kelly in 2013-14 tell a disappointing story.

    The once much-hyped defender looks a shadow of his former self prior to rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament the season before, and he may well be told to look for a new club this summer.

20. Jose Enrique

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    Appearances: 8

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Enrique started the season very positively, with much more composed and intelligent performances at left-back in Liverpool's opening eight games.

    But a knee problem began to persist and surgery put the Spaniard out for the rest of the campaign.

19. Iago Aspas

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    Appearances: 14

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    Coming from La Liga with a lot of hype and the stats to prove it, Aspas' first season at Liverpool has been hugely underwhelming.

    His struggle to settle into English football hasn't been helped by the sensational form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who kept him out of the team.

    Lacking any sort of physicality, his wiry frame has looked very out of place in his sporadic opportunities this season, and Liverpool may well look to cut their losses on the 26-year-old this summer.

18. Luis Alberto

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    Appearances: 9

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Alberto's season was one of few chances, though at 21 years old, he did show good signs of potential.

    A 78th-minute appearance in January's 4-0 win over Everton was a rare outing for the former Sevilla and Barcelona B midfielder.

    The physicality of the Premier League must be something to which the Spaniard adapts if he is to improve his Liverpool career next season.

17. Victor Moses

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    Appearances: 19

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    Having fallen out of favour at Chelsea, Moses arrived from Liverpool's rivals with much hope and promise on a one-year loan deal.

    A goal on his debut and an exciting performance against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium was unfortunately the high point of his time with the Reds.

    Often looking disinterested and uninvolved, Moses' season will go down as a failure, compounded by a terrible missed swing at the ball with the goal gaping at Crystal Palace in May.

16. Aly Cissokho

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    Appearances: 15

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 2

    Red Cards: 0

    Cissokho's loan spell at Liverpool from Valencia in 2013-14 was one of disappointment, struggling to fit into the team's style of play.

    Whilst the Frenchman put in all his effort, his ability wasn't a match for Premier League attackers, and he found himself warming the substitutes' bench for most of the campaign.

15. Lucas Leiva

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    Appearances: 27

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 6

    Red Cards: 0

    After a solid and calm start to the season, injuries once again hampered Lucas' form.

    The Brazilian looked increasingly sluggish and tired on the ball as the season progressed, and the 27-year-old may be told to find a new club this summer.

14. Kolo Toure

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    Appearances: 20

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 2

    Red Cards: 0

    Toure began the season as a first-team regular, but when his form dipped—starting in a 2-0 defeat to his former club Arsenal in November—the Ivorian never got things back on track.

    A misplaced pass into the path of Victor Anichebe in a 1-1 draw at West Brom was soon followed by a calamitous own goal at Fulham.

    But his presence at the club hasn't gone unnoticed, and it is clear Toure is a big and popular character in the dressing room, contributing to the camaraderie of Liverpool's season.

13. Daniel Agger

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    Appearances: 20

    Goals: 2

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    Agger became vice-captain of the club at the beginning of the season following Jamie Carragher's retirement, but an injury-plagued campaign played havoc with his form.

    Looking out of position and unable to keep up with the pace of games, the season was an underwhelming one for the Dane.

    His goal on the last day of the season against Newcastle may well have been his Liverpool swan-song if a club comes in for an offer for him this summer.

12. Glen Johnson

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    Appearances: 29

    Goals: 0

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    Johnson's season is best described as inconsistent. On par with a generally poor season for Liverpool's defence, Johnson had both moments of genius and lacklustre.

    After a sluggish first half of the season dogged by injury, Johnson took time out to recover at the turn of the year and put in some fine performances on his return.

    His attacking threat and intelligence on the ball wavered once more, however, as the season progressed, and there will be question marks over his Anfield future this summer.

11. Joe Allen

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    Appearances: 24

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 0

    It was a season of progress for Allen, restarting his Liverpool career after an initial season hampered by a shoulder injury.

    An intelligent relationship with Steven Gerrard helped the Reds skipper settle into his new, deeper role.

    His composed but flurrying technique in the heart of the midfield has given the Reds an extra dimension, and Allen will now look to add goals to his game and continue his growth.

10. Simon Mignolet

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    Appearances: 38

    Saves: 73

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    A heroic penalty save on the opening day of the season to deny Jon Walters and Stoke City an equaliser at Anfield mean Mignolet immediately captured the hearts of Reds fans.

    But a mean test for any goalkeeper to step into the shoes of Pepe Reina, Mignolet's season will be remembered for both brilliant, athletic and powerful saves as well as unfortunate lapses in concentration.

    He recovered swiftly from mistakes at Manchester City and Chelsea just after Christmas, but must improve his aerial game to progress at the club.

9. Mamadou Sakho

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    Appearances: 18

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 0

    Red Cards: 0

    A rather stop-start beginning to his Liverpool career means the jury is still out on Sakho.

    Liverpool's constantly changing defence didn't help the French international settle in, and injury hampered his progress.

    Next season will be big for Sakho as he steps up into a regular first-team role, with Rodgers looking for him to become a key player in his side.

8. Martin Skrtel

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    Appearances: 36

    Goals: 7

    Yellow Cards: 6

    Red Cards: 0

    In the summer of 2013, Skrtel looked likely to leave the club after a disappointing previous campaign and the arrival of Sakho, but the Slovakian international enjoyed a rejuvenated season.

    Despite scoring four own goals during the campaign, Skrtel put seven in at the right end, with key goals against Arsenal and Cardiff City.

    He has been a rampant figure in Liverpool's leaky defence this season, making key interceptions and tackles to produce a significant contribution.

7. Jon Flanagan

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    Appearances: 23

    Goals: 1

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    Liverpool couldn't find a club to take Flanagan on loan last summer, but when injuries to Johnson and Enrique meant Rodgers had a full-back problem to solve, the youngster got his chance.

    A stunning performance against Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park was met by praise from inside and outside the club.

    A passionate celebration at White Hart Lane from Flanagan and his teammates is iconic of his season after he smashed home a volley against Tottenham.

    Confident and brave going into tackles, Flanagan has firmly established himself as a first-team regular.

6. Philippe Coutinho

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    Appearances: 33

    Goals: 5

    Yellow Cards: 1

    Red Cards: 0

    Having dazzled in his first six months at the club prior to the start of the season, Brazilian Coutinho's 2013-14 campaign got off to a somewhat underwhelming start.

    As Rodgers tried different shapes of his team, it was clear that Coutinho was struggling to get involved, and his shooting left a lot to be desired.

    But a revived Coutinho in the second half of the season saw him play a massive role in Liverpool's triumphant march towards the top of the table.

    A crucial strike to sink Manchester City at Anfield will be Coutinho's highlight of the campaign, and the 21-year-old will now look to continue his progress come August.

5. Jordan Henderson

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    Appearances: 35

    Goals: 4

    Yellow Cards: 4

    Red Cards: 1

    Whilst Suarez and Sturridge stole the headlines, Liverpool's engine and drive from midfield was 23-year-old Henderson.

    In a season in which the former Sunderland player really came of age, he scored key goals against Tottenham in December and a crucial winner to sink Swansea City 4-3 in February.

    Liverpool sorely missed his energy and persistence when he was suspended for three matches for a red card against Manchester City in April.

4. Daniel Sturridge

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    Appearances: 29

    Goals: 21

    Yellow Cards: 2

    Red Cards: 0

    Sturridge continued the form he showed from 2012-13 and became a more fuller team player in a remarkable year for both him and the club.

    The England international showed more signs of commitment to Liverpool and maturity as he put 21 goals past Premier League defences.

    Forming a wonderful partnership with Suarez, Sturridge and his goals will play a key role in Liverpool's Champions League aspirations next year when the 24-year-old is reunited with Europe's big stage.

3. Raheem Sterling

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    Appearances: 33

    Goals: 9

    Yellow Cards: 3

    Red Cards: 0

    Sterling was arguably Liverpool's most influential and key player during the second half of the campaign, driving the relentless attacks with aggressive and tricky runs from midfield.

    At just 19 years old, Sterling has torn through Premier League defences, showing strength, courage and speed.

    Having added the confidence to score goals to his game this season, Sterling continues his remarkable development and is fully absorbing the experience of Suarez and Gerrard.

2. Steven Gerrard

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    Appearances: 34

    Goals: 13

    Yellow Cards: 7

    Red Cards: 0

    Gerrard's career has been made up of a series of defining seasons, and 2013-14 was the latest for Liverpool's skipper.

    Carrying the club's passion and hunger to win, Gerrard's leadership and rousing of his teammates was none more prevalent as he held back the tears to issue a "We go again!" rallying cry following Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Manchester City.

    Cast into a new role as a deep-lying holding midfielder by Rodgers, Gerrard made the position his own and marked the season with a personal triumph of his 100th league goal against Newcastle.

    Moments such as his bravery to slot home an injury-time winning penalty at Craven Cottage and two more in intense circumstances at West Ham outweigh his unfortunate slip to let in Chelsea for their first goal in Liverpool's 2-0 defeat in April.

1. Luis Suarez

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    Appearances: 33

    Goals: 31

    Yellow Cards: 6

    Red Cards:

    Despite a rather sluggish end to the season, Suarez takes the No. 1 spot after a simply magnificent campaign.

    Maturing as both a man and a player, 2013-14 saw Suarez compared to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he put away 31 goals past Premier League defences.

    A remarkable run of form in December included a 40-yard dipping volley against Norwich on the way to a four-goal personal rout of the Canaries at Anfield.

    Simply put, Suarez has been sensational and has carried the passionate narrative of the club's campaign to his heart, none more so signified by his tears of devastation as Liverpool drew 3-3 at Crystal Palace.

    PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, the superlatives for Suarez keep being thrown about and it is an absolute privilege to watch him play.

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