The most expensive premier league starting XI of 2018
GK: Allison Becker (Liverpool) – £67 million
Liverpool fans’ wishes were finally heard this summer as the club spent an astounding 67 million to satisfy the Kop. In reality, the price was only proliferated by Liverpool’s own problems. Loris Karius who had a fairly good season in goal turned it all around with a horrible performance in the World Cup final. It well showed that Karius was nowhere near the player who could help Liverpool reach the top. And while Klopp continued to place his faith in the German shotstopper, his mistakes in the pre-season sealed Klopp’s mind as the Reds went all in to get their man from Roma.
LB: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) – £52M
The ex-Monaco defender was barely missed last season as City romped through to the Premier league title. With his pace and tenacity and not to forget his crossing, City will be even dangerous to play against going into the next season when Mendy is up and running once again. Signed for 52 million, Mendy is also amongst the most expensive defenders of all time.
CB: AymericLaporte (Manchester City) – £57M
One of the most sought after defenders in the world, AymericLaporte finally switched clubs as Athletic Bilbao agreed a transfer deal with Manchester City. While Laporte did not feature prominently last season, signed only in January, Laporte will surely be given the time and space to excel in a City shirt.
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £75M
Virgil Van Djik has already in such a short time proved why Liverpool were so keen on him. He came in halfway through the season at a time when Liverpool were crying out for a leader from the back and in came the Dutchman with his organizational skills. He was quintessential in Liverpool’s massive turnaround in the second half of the season and will be pivotal as the Reds look to show their class this term as well.
RB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – £53M
A classic example of modern day full-back, Kyle Walker showed last season why he is so highly rated. Walker had all the traits to play for a Guardiola side with his skills on the ball, pace and tenacity. He was an ever-present in City’s title winning squad justifying his 53 million price tag.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £68.4M
The Belgian has had a major turnaround ever since he left Jose Mourinho and Chelsea some four years ago. Branded as incompetent and a cry-baby by Jose on several occasions, De Bruyne ended the last season with a well-deserved Premier league title. Many believed that he was more worthy of the PFA player of the year than Mo Salah because of his exploits for the citizens.
CM:Fred (Manchester United) – £61.2M
Fred could silently prove to be the signing of the season. He is a player that United need in every sense. He has the defensive discipline that Mourinho’s midfield needs with Pogba ever so ready to thrust forward. Signed from Shakhtar, Fred will undoubtedly need time to adjust but when he does, him and Matic from the deep will be a daunting prospect.
CM: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £93.25M
One main reason why Mourinho was insisting on Fred’s signing was that Pogba needs to be liberated. The Frenchman showed his class in the World Cup as Deschamps sought to use Pogba in a more of a free role with Kante and Matuidi happy to cover up for him and boy did Pogba flourish. Brought back from Juve for a mouth-watering 93 million Euros, now is the time for the World Cup winner to prove his worth to United faithful.
ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – £70M
The Spaniard had one of the best start one could possibly dream of at a new club. He was up and running right from the off scoring headers and it looked like Chelsea had found an upgrade for Costa. However, things soon turned for worse as Morata suffered a loss in form. Nevertheless, with a new manager at the helm, Morata would be keen on bringing his career and reputation as one of the most exciting strikers back on track.
ST: RomeluLukaku (Manchester United) – £75M
Signed for roughly 75 million, Lukaku has somewhat proved his worth. He was exciting to watch last season and has shown considerable improvement in his playing style which was often the subject of criticism. The Belgian enjoyed a fine World Cup and will be eager to kick on and help United regain the league title.
ST: Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £60M
While the Gabonese flirted for a long time for a move to Real Madrid, he happily agreed to move to London when Arsenal came calling. Situation for him had exacerbated at Dortmund with his regular suspensions on behavioural grounds. Nevertheless, for 60 million, Arsenal now have a serious striker to lead their line who well guarantees goals if anything.