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Shearer's team of the season so far: Defenders

8 Apr 2020

PL Champion reveals his backline, including Liverpool's "complete centre-back" Virgil van Dijk

Premier League Champion Alan Shearer is selecting his team of the season so far.

The competition's all-time leading goalscorer reveals the defenders he has chosen to play in his four-man backline. 

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

The 21-year-old has enjoyed another sensational campaign. His superb delivery from the right has helped him to 12 assists, second only to Kevin De Bruyne across the entire league. Not bad for a right-back! Defensively, he's played all 29 matches for a Liverpool team who have kept a league-high 12 clean sheets.

CB: Virgil van Dijk (LIV)

A complete central defender. Van Dijk combines athleticism, power and an ability to read the game in leading the Liverpool back line. The Dutchman also provides a real threat inside the opposition box, scoring four goals this season. 

CB: Jonny Evans (LEI)

The Northern Ireland veteran has enjoyed a fantastic season as part of a Leicester City defence who have shown great consistency throughout. Strong in the air, comfortable with the ball at his feet and a great leader, Evans has played a crucial role in the Foxes' quest for a top-four finish.

LB: Andrew Robertson (LIV)

Does he ever run out of gas? The 26-year-old boasts incredible stamina and covers every blade of grass down the left for Liverpool. Robertson's tenacity spreads throughout the whole team and he provides a key outlet in attack for the Reds. Alexander-Arnold is the only defender to set up more goals than Robertson's seven this term.

Also in this series

Part 1: Shearer's team of the season so far: Goalkeeper
Part 3: Shearer's team of the season so far: Midfielders
Part 4: Shearer's team of the season so far: Forwards

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