Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher has revealed his Premier League team of 2016 and he has picked out Adam Lallana as the best English player in the league on current form.
Seven of the players that Carragher picked for his best XI we chose in F365’s top ten Premier League players of 2016, with only Dimitri Payet, Roberto Firmino and Alexis Sanchez not making the pundit’s team of the year.
Carragher included Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana from his former club and the Reds legend had some complimentary words for the duo.
“I have gone for a 4-4-2 formation. Some of the choices are obvious, others you might argue against,” Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Lloris gets the nod in goal over Manchester United’s David De Gea. He only conceded 31 goals in 34 games and his save against Monaco in the Champions League was as good as anything we have seen.
“The defence picks itself, as does the forward line, but Mane and Lallana are included in midfield for their consistency, their class and most of all the improvement they have shown over the last 12 months. Mane has been outstanding, Lallana is currently the best English player in the division.”
Here is Carragher’s full XI: Hugo Lloris; Cesar Azpilicueta, Toby Alderweireld, Virgil Van Dijk, Danny Rose; Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kante, Adam Lallana, Riyad Mahrez; Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa.