Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail

Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sports mail

It's the time of the year that individual prizes will be awarded, and this week's column is a celebration of the players who have delivered consistent excellence.

That was not easy. I changed my mind several times before I was able to produce my ultimate XI for the campaign, which has a strong impact on Liverpool and Manchester City and certainly will not fight for goals!

Apologies in advance to those who have not made the cut.

GOALKEEPER

Alisson Becker, Liverpool

My old club had problems in this department for a long time and has not had a first-class consistency since the days of Pepe Reina. There was a lot of pressure on Alisson, but he was so good. I love David de Gea and Ederson, but Alisson had the advantage. A real goalkeeper.

The pressure on goalkeeper Alisson Becker was great, but he was so good for Liverpool

The pressure on goalkeeper Alisson Becker was great, but he was so good for Liverpool

DEFENSE

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace

I noticed that Roy Hodgson said he rarely drops below eight out of ten, and that's a pretty telling statement about someone who's only 21 years old. I watched him on the opening day when Palace Fulham defeated 2-0 and followed him as a solid defender who flies forward

Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

My player of the season. It is rare that half of the center is so influential, but the transformation Liverpool has been through since his club is unbelievable. It's like he influenced everyone around him. You can count his mistakes on one hand.

Virgil van Dijk has transformed Liverpool's defense and is a player of the season

Virgil van Dijk has transformed Liverpool's defense and is a player of the season

Aymeric Laporte, Manchester City

There are times when you watch the team of Pep Guardiola and think they could play without a defender. In Laporte, however, they have one of the best. He is not a hard man, but he is calm and relaxed and never gets under pressure. A class act.

Andrew Robertson, Liverpool

He has become someone I just like to watch. He is so energetic, bombing left and right and is the best of his position in the Premier League. With Liverpool, who has Trent Alexander-Arnold on the other flank, they are blessed far and wide.

And Robertson has become someone I just like to watch - he's so energetic

And Robertson has become someone I just like to watch – he's so energetic

MIDFIELD

Eden Hazard, Chelsea

I dedicated the last week's column to him and I'm afraid that's the last time I chose him for my team. He made a stunning start to the season, and Chelsea have to hope they can finish in the top four or win the Europa League to make sure they stay in the club.

Eden Hazard made a stunning start. I'm afraid this is the last time I can choose him for my team

Eden Hazard made a stunning start. I'm afraid this is the last time I can choose him for my team

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham

It was a tough year for Spurs, with serious injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli, but the Dane is one reason they can reach the Champions League final and are still on course to finish in the top four. He took responsibility and prospered.

Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

This year, as a player and man, you are of legal age and master terrible situations in Chelsea and Montenegro with absolute class. Meanwhile, he is a sinister finisher and probably the most important actor in England. A certainty to win the PFA Young Player Award.

Raheem Sterling is a sinister finisher and undoubtedly the most important actor in England

Raheem Sterling is a sinister finisher and undoubtedly the most important actor in England

FORWARD

Sadio Mane, Liverpool

He goes under the radar, but I saw first hand in March when Burnley played in Anfield how good he is. Strong and fast, a scorer and a creator, there is an argument that he is the most important striker of Jürgen Klopp. He is sometimes not playable.

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Do we estimate how good he has been over the past eight years? I'm not sure. He is a clockwork whose place is now secured among the first three players in the Premier League. Being in the reach of Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in the 200 Club is off the scale.

Son of Heung-min, Tottenham

He is one of the strikers who changed the game; a relentless runner with such brilliance and speed. He also scores points, as he showed in Manchester City on Wednesday. He has strengthened himself for his team and is a serious player.

Son Heung-min is one of the strikers who changed the game; a relentless runner

Son Heung-min is one of the strikers who changed the game; a relentless runner

REPLACEMENT

Ederson (GK), Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Kane, Bernardo Silva, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and David Silva.

I felt it was awful to miss out on Salah, whose form has gone up in the last few weeks, and especially Bernardo Silva, but it is not small in their efforts. We've been lucky enough to see amazing football over the past eight months. I am looking forward to reading your own selection.

Mohamed Salah has regained his form lately, but has to settle for a seat on the bench

Chris the man to see the gulls to safety

It seems that the problems have just arrived in Brighton at the wrong moment of the season, and the defeat by Cardiff on Tuesday was worrying.

As a manager, Chris Hughton was in the limelight and was in football long enough to know that bad results are causing pressure. Brighton, who lost 5-0 at home to Bournemouth last Saturday, has had a bad week for sure.

However, I hope that a bad week will not cause the club to do anything stupid or hilarious. Chris trained me in Tottenham in the late 1990s and I know he's a man of integrity and class. He's always working and the work he has done in Brighton has been great.

Chris Hughton has been in football long enough to know that bad results create pressure

Chris Hughton has been in football long enough to know that bad results create pressure

Remember, he won the Premier League Manager of the Month just 14 months ago, after putting the club into a position where his first season in the top league was a resounding success was.

Brighton is a stable club and people admire it. You've just had a trip to the FA Cup semi-finals – something that can admittedly cause people to lose sight of the league – and this is their best time since the early eighties.

Any Premier League club that is not in the top six goes through sequences where one defeat can lead to another. Bournemouth had one this season, Burnley had one, Everton, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Ham. It happens.

Chris is injured by Brighton's form, but I also think he will achieve the results that keep Brighton in Premier League for another season.

Problems can disappear as fast as they arrive. He is the man who makes the trouble disappear.

It seems that the problems have just arrived in Brighton at the wrong moment of the season

It seems that the problems have just arrived in Brighton at the wrong moment of the season

PETER CROUCH – MY WEEK

Who noticed me … Matthijs de Ligt

He scored a famous goal for Ajax in Turin and showed once again why he is a great talent for the future. He has a great reputation and I am surprised that Premier League clubs are not fighting against Barcelona for his signature.

Matthijs de Ligt scored a famous goal for Ajax and showed why he is a talent for the future

Matthijs de Ligt scored a famous goal for Ajax and showed why he is a talent for the future

Next for me …

No chance to develop a solid routine over the next few weeks, as Monday, Sunday, Friday and Sunday games are at the end of the season. What happened to the tradition of 3pm on Saturday?

What I hear …

Tame Impala is an Australian band I've always liked, and you should try her new piece of Patience.

What I already did …

I am pleased to say that it was a good week because I had the all clear to work with the turf and with luck I should be back to full training next week. Outside of football, I visited Lona – a band I asked a lot – to play a gig on Wednesday.

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