2019-20 Premier League Preseason Best XI

High Press 10 August 9, 2019 643 Reads

Before each Premier League season, High Press Soccer will issue our best XI. Think of it like college football’s preseason All-American list.

This is part projecting, part looking back to who were the class of the previous campaign.

2019-20 Premier League Best XI

Not surprisingly, Liverpool and Manchester City make the bulk of the list.

Alisson: Well, when we made this, Alisson was fit and healthy. He went down before half with an apparent leg injury. If he’s out for an extended period of time, this spot goes to Ederson. If not, Alisson led the EPL in clean sheets and starts ahead of Ederson on the Brazilian team. He gets the nod.

Andy Robertson: With apologies to Lucas Digne, Robbo is the best left-back in the EPL and arguably the world. The way he powers the Liverpool attack is unlike anyone else in the league.

Aymeric Laporte: At 25, the Frenchman is just entering his prime. With so much attention paid to City’s attack, it’s easy to overlook how stingy their defense is. City only gave up 23 goals last year (1 more than Liverpool) and Laporte’s steady influence and organization was a major reason why.

Virgil van Dijk: No explanation needed. Y’all get it.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Just copy+paste the Robbo paragraph and search+replace Robbo with TAA.

Bernardo Silva: At 24, the Portguese midfielder is entering his prime. He tallied 7 goals and 7 assists, doing it all for City last season. Expect an even better year from Silva.

Kevin de Bruyne: If healthy, KdB supplants Eden Hazard as the Premier League’s most skilled all-around player.

Felipe Anderson: Maybe a surprise to some, but Anderson does it all for a West Ham team that should make a top 6 run this year. He’ll make a devestating pair with his new do-it-all partner Sebastien Haller.

Raheem Sterling: A little over-rated of a season in 2018-19, but he’s unquestionably one of the best attacking players in the league. Expect 15+ goals and 10+ assists from T-Rex this season.

Harry Kane: Always a Golden Boot threat, there’s no more natural striker in the Premier League. If healthy, he’s a lock for 20+ goals.

Mo Salah: A genuinely under-rated season in 2018-19, expect Salah to deliver 25+ goals and 8-10 assists.

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