Two of Liverpool’s backline have been named in CIES Football Observatory’s Top 5 list in their respective positions along with their estimated transfer value.
No prizes for guessing that CIES chose Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker as the goalkeeper with the top transfer value of €80m, coming in ahead of PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma (€76m), Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes (€65m), FC Porto’s Diogo Costa (€63m) and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale (€58m). With three of the top five residing at English Premier League clubs, it seems that England has truly become the home of world class goalkeepers.
Goalkeepers with top transfer values as per @CIES_Football ⚽️ statistical model 📊 #Alisson 🇧🇷 (@LFC) ahead of #Donnarumma 🇮🇹 (@PSG_inside) #Ederson 🇧🇷 (@ManCity) #Costa 🇵🇹 (@FCPorto) & #Ramsdale 🏴 (@Arsenal) 🧤 What do you think ❓ Top 💯 overall ➡️ https://t.co/icSxsiiodO pic.twitter.com/Szvc42wwpk
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) January 6, 2023
CIES Football Observatory also looked at the transfer value of full backs and we find another Liverpool player here; albeit not in first position. Liverpool’s right side full back Trent Alexander-Arnold found himself positioned in third place with a transfer value of €80m, with Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo (€104m) in first and Chelsea’s Reece James (€99m) in second. With PSG’s Achraf Hakimi (€71m) and AC Milan’s Theo Hernandez (€67m) rounding off the top five, there’s no place for Liverpool’s left side full back Andy Robertson, who surely must be given a consideration for any list talking about the best full backs in the world.
Full backs with top transfer values as per @CIES_Football ⚽️ statistical model 📊 #JoaoCancelo 🇵🇹 ahead of #ReeceJames 🏴 #TrentAlexanderArnold 🏴#AchrafHakimi 🇲🇦 & #TheoHernandez 🇫🇷 👏 Top 💯 overall ➡️ https://t.co/icSxsiiodO pic.twitter.com/WCGJ2HFkT1
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) January 8, 2023
What’s also interesting is that CIES Football Observatory also found that two of Liverpool’s midfield targets are also the most valuable in their own respective ways. For example, Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham has long been linked to a move to Jurgen Klopp’s side and he sits top as the most valuable player in the world right now. We’re sure that will be music to the ears of the Dortmund directors who will surely be looking for a world record fee for a midfielder if and when they decide to sell Bellingham.
Exclusive @CIES_Football ⚽️ bi-annual list of top estimated transfer values for players 🌐 now published with @BellinghamJude at the 🔝 with €2⃣0⃣8⃣m ahead of @PhilFoden @KMbappe @vinijr & @ErlingHaaland 🤩👏🤑 Top 💯 👉 https://t.co/icSxsiiW3m pic.twitter.com/QEKGSVNO1j
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) January 5, 2023
And another midfield target sits atop another list for CIES Football Observatory. Argentina and Benfica midfield wonderkid Enzo Fernandez in Liga Portugal with a transfer value of €80m – considerably less than the €120m release clause of the player. Despite the difference in price, Benfica insist that they will only sell Fernandez for the release clause and will not accept a penny less.
Top 5⃣ estimated transfer values as per @CIES_Football ⚽️ statistical model 📊 for @ligaportugal 🇵🇹 players 🤑 World champion #EnzoFernandez 🇦🇷 ahead of #DiogoCosta #GoncaloRamos #GoncaloInacio #PedroGoncalves 💥 #slbenfica #fcporto #sportingcp Top 💯 🌐 https://t.co/icSxsiiodO pic.twitter.com/pXYIoAJQT2
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) January 9, 2023