Date: 8th April 2020 at 7:00pm
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A number of Liverpool fans have voiced their disagreement with Charlie Nicholas’ Premier League team of the season so far after the pundit made his selection for Sky Sports.

The ex-Arsenal striker picked five Reds players in his XI but did not have any midfielders from Jurgen Klopp’s squad, with Empire of the Kop tweeting their incredulity (via @empireofthekop) at the omission of Jordan Henderson in favour of Manchester City’s Rodri.

The Liverpool captain has been highly impressive for his team in 2019/20, winning more tackles per game (2.2) than any of his team-mates (as per WhoScored), and a hamstring injury earlier this year largely coincided with a slump of form which saw the Reds lose four matches out of six. BBC pundit Alan Shearer told Match of the Day in February (via Liverpool Echo) that he would be a worthy PFA Player of the Year candidate, with some Liverpool fans calling for him to get the award.

In his first season at Manchester City, Rodri has stood out with a passing success rate of 92.2% but has also collected no fewer than seven yellow cards in the league and won just 1.5 tackles per game. Nicholas’ preference of him over Henderson led to these Liverpool supporters on Twitter voicing their disgruntlement at the Sky Sports pundit, who one Kopite labelled “a complete crank“:

Liverpool fans, are you baffled by Nicholas’ inclusion of Rodri over Henderson in his Premier League team of the season? Share your views in the comments section below!