After 351 days the final round of matches in the Premier League was completed on Sunday.
It has been worth the wait with Liverpool crowned Champions and the relegation battle going to the final day.
There was also a battle for Champions League places with Manchester United coming out on top.
So many great players have played their part in a fascinating season. It’s certainly been a difficult choice to name the Team of the Season, but here is my choice.
Praise for Pope for his performances this season
In Goal, I have gone for the excellent Nick Pope of Burnley. The Burnley stopper kept a remarkable 15 clean sheets for a side that finished in a respectable mid table finish.
The Burnley stopper has deserved his plaudits he has received this season and is surely England’s Number 1.
I guess it was inevitable that a back four would consist mainly of Liverpool players. At the heart of a championship winning side is their defence. The champions only conceded 33 goals in 38 games, with three players outstanding all through the campaign.
Liverpool’s trio rock solid at the back
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson have proved so dependable in the red shirt of Liverpool.
Arnold has become a very good footballer. Huge amount of confidence and enormous belief have improved his game. van Dijk has come on a long way since his days at Southampton. The centre back is in a class of his own and very rarely makes mistakes.
The young Scot Robertson provided 12 assists this season for the Reds. Incredible to think that he started his career with Scottish side Queens Park and look where he is now.
Magicial de Bruyne heart of midfield trio
Kevin de Bruyne once again has looked the best player in the Premiership this season. Despite Manchester City having a poor season by their high standards, de Bruyne continues to deliver. Became only the second player to provide 20 assists in a single Premier League campaign, since Thierry Henry.
The Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been immense for the champions. Last year he lifted the Champions League and now the Premier League. Football writer’s player of the year speaks volumes of this hardy character. Proof of how effective Liverpool are with him is the following stat. The champions dropped more points in eight games in which he didn’t feature than the 30 games he did feature in.
Son of Tottenham is a player I have admired since he signed for the North London outfit. A player that will always give his all for the cause. Still feel he doesn’t get the praise that he deserves. Another consistent campaign for the South Korean. Harry Kane’s goal tally would not be the same without the help of Son’s assists. A class act who is a very respectful person.
It’s the golden oldie show up front
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City has had yet another exceptional season. At 33, he is the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award. His all-round contribution to his team performances this campaign has been huge. Almost single handily has been the Fox’s key player for them in this campaign.
This season it has been a case of the best strikers in the league have been the golden oldies. You can also add Danny Ings to that exclusive bunch.
The 28-year-old has been on target 25 times this season and has matured into a class striker. The former Liverpool front man has excelled down at St. Marys and has now got richly deserved international recognition.
It had to be that one of Liverpool’s magical front three trio would feature in a team of the season. Sadio Mane has been the most consistent of the three. Mane is a superb team player, not thinking of himself but of the team. Another player that any manager would put down as the first name on the team sheet.
That’s my best eleven for the team of the season. Certainly many debating points will be raised from these selections.