The most valuable XI in the Premier League

As the wait for the return of Sport and the Premier League to our screens continues amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, each team’s transfer plans remain up in the air as decisions made about player contracts, loan deals and when the next transfer window takes place are all yet to be made.

Keeping the stars you have at your club could be more important than ever over the next 12-18 months, and the Premier League is littered with them. Having previously taken a look at the league’s most valuable U21 XI, we’re now profiling the most expensive side the Premier League has to offer, with all values taken from transfermarkt.

Goalkeeper: Alisson, Liverpool

Market Value: £64.80m

In his 79 appearances for Liverpool since arriving at the club from Roma a couple of years ago, Alisson has asserted himself as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper, keeping 33 clean sheets in 58 league appearances, shipping just 33 goals in total. At 27, his best years are almost certainly in front of him, which is a scary thought.

Right-Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

Market Value: £89.10m

The only member of the U21 XI to make it into the division-wide team, Alexander-Arnold is regarded as one of the best fullbacks in world football right now. Valued at £89.10m, Trent is the most valuable defender in the Premier League.

Centre-Back: Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

Market Value: £72m

There were a lot of raised eyebrows when Liverpool parted ways with £75m in order to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, but the Dutchman has anchored a defence that has progressed to two Champions League finals in his time at the club, winning one. In 113 games for the Reds, he’s also bagged himself 11 goals.

Centre-Back: Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City

Market Value: £54m

Competition to partner van Dijk in this side is strong, but despite his injury issues, Aymeric Laporte is considered the Premier League’s next-best centre-back, ahead of the likes of Harry Maguire, Davinson Sanchez, and Antonio Rudiger. Since arriving in January 2018, Laporte has missed 33 games due to injury but has helped his side keep 34 clean sheets in his 72 appearances for City to date.

Left-Back: Andy Robertson, Liverpool

Market Value: £57.60m

One of the best value signings of the last decade, Robertson cost Liverpool just £8m to sign from Hull and has grown into a starring role for Europe’s top side. In the last three seasons, Robertson has been a near ever-present for the Reds but his contribution in the final third cannot be understated, laying on 25 assists in 119 appearances.

Central Midfield: N’Golo Kante, Chelsea

Market Value: £72m

Regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe, Kante’s rise from relative unknown at Caen to World Cup winner with France in under three years is something to behold. The midfield anchor of back-to-back Premier League winning sides in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Kante is a mainstay in an evolving Chelsea side.

Central Midfield: Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Market Value: £72m

Having left on a free in 2012, Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £90m. The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent seasons but has contributed 31 goals and 31 assists in 143 appearances for United over the last four seasons.

Attacking Midfield: Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City

Market Value: £108m

Despite not making the grade at Chelsea, de Bruyne has established himself as arguably Europe’s best creative midfielder and is on course to smash the assists record this season if the campaign is restarted. De Bruyne has totalled 50 goals and 85 assists in 209 appearances for the club.

Right-Wing: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

Market Value: £108m

In his two full seasons at Anfield, Salah has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice in addition to last season’s Champions League triumph and a likely Premier League title at the end of this campaign. The Egyptian has 91 goals in 144 appearances for Liverpool, spearheading their attack.

Left-Wing: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Market Value: £115.20m

Closing in on five years at Manchester City, Sterling has really raised his game over the last two seasons under Pep Guardiola and is now one of England’s most dependable players. With 89 goals and 72 assists in all competitions for Manchester City and still only 25, Sterling certainly has room to grow.

Striker: Harry Kane, Tottenham

Market Value: £108m

Kane certainly remains on course to break Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record as he sits on 32 goals in 45 caps for his country despite failing to win silverware with Tottenham since breaking into the first-team. The Premier League’s most lethal finisher, Kane has 136 goals in 201 league appearances.

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Would this side win the Premier League if they played together? Is there anyone not mentioned that you would rather have in your side? Let us know in the comments below!

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