Three of the four most valuable defenders in world football currently play for Liverpool, according to a weekly transfer value algorithm.
The CIES football observatory algorithm takes into account variables such as age, contract, position, minutes, goals, international status and team results to generate estimates.
Most expensive defenders in the big-5 according to @CIES_Football transfer value algorithm: #Alexander-Arnold ahead of teammate #VanDijk & #Laporte; more in last Weekly Post of the season at https://t.co/ZfCrtEP88k pic.twitter.com/FUOjXpVWpO
— CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) June 13, 2019
The final weekly report of the season from CIES has revealed that Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson are among the four most valuable defenders in world football.
Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk occupy the first two positions at €130.2m and €112.1m respectively and Robertson is ranked as the fourth most expensive defender at €88.3m.
The trio are separated by Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, who is valued at €105.4m, and are ahead of John Stones, who is estimated to be worth €84.2m – though that fee ought to have decreased somewhat after his Nations League performances.