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First Premier League Fans' Team of Season features Liverpool star in wrong position

Trent Alexander-Arnold was among those named to the first ever Premier League Fans' Team of the Season.
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Liverpool remained in the 2023/24 Premier League title race for a long time. But with awards season now upon us, it boasts a surprising lack of genuine contenders for individual accolades.

Perhaps that goes to show the true impact of Jürgen Klopp and the significance of his farewell campaign, which saw every last drop squeezed out of the squad as a collective unit. No single player was responsible for dragging Liverpool into contention, having finished outside the Champions League places the previous season.

You might look to Alexis Mac Allister, the pick of the summer signings, who maintained a high level for most of the season and made a real difference in midfield. As ever, Mohamed Salah had his moments, once again finishing as the team's highest scorer. But it's someone else who has found his way into the first ever Premier League Fans' Team of the Season, albeit in the wrong position.

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The debate over Trent Alexander-Arnold's best position has become tiresome, but one thing he certainly isn't is a left-back. Yet that's where he crops up in the Premier League XI, voted on from a 60-person shortlist by fans around the world.

Fans could only select a maximum of four players from any one club, and had to vote for one goalkeeper, two full-backs, two center-backs, two central midfielders, two attacking midfielders and two strikers. This rather loose classification explains how two right-backs made it into the side.

In the official graphic, Alexander-Arnold is fielded on the left to accommodate Ben White, one of four Arsenal inclusions — all in defense or in goal. The Liverpool vice-captain breaks up an otherwise all-Gunners back line.

He ended the season with three goals and four assists, although that only tells some of the story. Not one of his better campaigns for goal involvements, he nonetheless wielded significant influence for Liverpool, routinely coming inside to function almost like a quarterback.

Further up the pitch, four Manchester City players make the Premier League Fans' Team of the Season cut. Alexander-Arnold, Ollie Watkins and Cole Palmer are the only representatives from outside the top two.

Liverpool.com says: One of the big questions for Arne Slot is how to get the best out of Alexander-Arnold. This most recent season was not his best, but the fact he still made the Fans' Team of the Season underlines how he can make his influence felt in a number of different ways and in a variety of positions.

Slot probably won't be trying him at left-back any time soon. But it's hard to argue with White's inclusion in the side, after he played a big role in Arsenal's excellent defensive record.