Picking your favourite all time Liverpool XI is a hard thing to do. Everyone has their favourites and not everyone will agree with picks especially mine. You put one player in one position and the question pops up what about this player, he’s better, he had more assists or has scored more goals or was part of a successful defence or he was a midfield general. I’m going for a 4-3-1-2, bet you can guess who the one is! Anyways here we go.
Goalkeeper – David James:
Ok not everyone’s first choice for a goalkeeper but I grew up with Jamo in goals. I even had a jersey with his name on the back the only player I’ve ever done this for. Plus while playing in goals I had a few Jamo moments in goal myself!
Finnan’s contribution to the win in Istanbul should never be under estimated. A strong right back (probably the best right back Liverpool have had for the last 20 years). Adapt at going forward as he was going back he was a fan favourite and will never be forgotten by the Anfield faithful. Oh he was the last Irish man to win a European trophy.
Centre Back – Alan Hansen
While I never actually got to see him play live apart from on YouTube, Hansen was a rock at Liverpool’s defence in what was arguably Liverpool’s most successful ever period. Many managers tried to replace him and for me the arrival of Joël Matip, could finally see the Scotsman replaced.
Centre Back – Sami Hyypia
I was going to go with Mamadou Sakho as my other centre back option, but that was up until the snapchat incident recently. Hyppia won everything there was to win as a Liverpool player bar the Premeir League. He was an integral role part of Liverpool’s treble winning season in 2001 and showed his class as a player when he handed over the captains armband to Steven Gerrard without a fuss and got on with his own game. He’ll always be a hero on the Kop.
Left Back – John Arne Riise
This is another position I had a problem with. Like the right back role, Liverpool haven’t been blessed with decent left backs. Riise gets the nod for me for banging Katie Price and his willingness to answer fans tweets on Twitter, also he had the ability to bang in a free kick or two.
Midfield- Javier Maschanero
The little Argentinian bulldog is another player, Liverpool have failed to replace since he left for Barcelona. His ability to play centre back at the Camp Nou shows his versatility. He wasn’t afraid to tackle and hounded players down until he either got the ball or forced them in to a mistake. Also his dedication of his Champions League win over Manchester United went down a treat with the red side of Merseyside
What can I say about Alonso. His ability to pick a pass or score a goal from an outrageous distance, Alonso had it all. I for one was absolutely heart broken when he decided to leave the bright lights of Anfield for the Bernabau. I still get a shiver down my spine when I see him controlling the park at Bayern Munich, and like every Liverpool fan I still dream of an Alonso return to Anfield. And who can forget his penalty in Istanbul and Jamie Carragher trying to dicapate him after he scored the equaliser as he ran towards the Liverpool fans.
Midfield – Didi Hamann
For me Hamann is a cert in any fantasy XI. He is the hero of Istanbul. When he came on in the second half he completely changed the game. After signing from Newcastle, the German quickly established himself as a firm favourite amongst the Liverpool faithful. Like Alan Hanson, his no nonsense approach to football was a joy at times to watch. Like Mascherano, Hamann is another player who is yet to be replaced at Liverpool.
Attacking Midfielder – Kenny Dalglish
King Kenny, the Liverpool fans must loved ex player, like Hamann is a dead cert for any Liverpool fantasy XI. Brought in to replace the departing Kevin Keegan, Dalglish was not only a worthy replacement for Keegan, his presence in the Liverpool team surpassed Keegan’s. He is also one of few player managers Liverpool had, taking over from Joe Fagan after the Heysel disaster, Dalglish assembled the best Liverpool team ever. His actions after Hillsborough guarantees, Dalglish’s hero status until his dying days. How he isn’t knighted is beyond me. Hopefully after receiving the freedom of Liverpool recently, a knighthood is only around the corner.
Forward – Robbie Fowler
God. My favourite all time Liverpool player is for me a Liverpool legend. The word legend is banded about too easily, but Fowler deserves the title. His scoring abilities at the time were first class. His I don’t a fuck attitude on the pitch was a joy for Liverpool fans around the world. From supporting the Liverpool dockers to sniffing the white line against Everton after scoring Fowler is one player when thought of always brings a smile to the faces of the Anfield faithful. I’ll not mention his hat trick against Arsenal when he scored three goals under ten minutes is a feat strikers around the world dream of.
Forward – Ian Rush
In his hay day there simply was no better striker in English football. Hailing from Wales, Liverpool signed Rush from Chester and he made an immediate impact quickly rising up the Liverpool scoring charts. When it was announced that he was leaving for Juventus it was like a family member had died such was the shock amongst fans. His Italian trip lasted one season before Rush came back to Anfield to finish what he had started. A constant threat in and around the box, teams had nightmares when they saw his name on the team sheet, just ask Everton fans. Rush currently holds the record for most goals scored for Liverpool, most FA Cup goals scored for Liverpool and most goals in a season for Liverpool.
I was debating on whether or not to add substitutes to my team. I eventually decided against it but if I was pushed to name 7 players to make up the bench in my all time Liverpool team I would go with;
Goalkeeper – Elisha Scott
Defender – Stephane Henchoz
Defender – Steve Nicol
Midfield – Graeme Souness
Midfield – John Barnes
Midfield – Steve Mc Macmanam
Striker – Roger Hunt
Written by @TheMoanyOne