Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has hailed recently-crowned European champions Barcelona as the best club side ever.
The former Reds defender was talking after the Catalan club emerged victorious from last Saturday's Champions League final showdown with Manchester United at Wembley.
Hansen could only watch in awe as Pep Guardiola's team dismantled Sir Alex Ferguson's domestic title winners with an array of free-flowing attacking football, controlling large periods of the game, dominating in the middle of the park.
"I played in a Liverpool team which dominated Europe and have witnessed the likes of Ajax, Bayern Munich and AC Milan enjoy similar periods of success," he said. "But the current Barcelona team are simply the greatest club side I have seen. I say that without hesitation.
"For all of the dominance we enjoyed at Liverpool or the sustained excellence of Milan, neither of those teams encapsulated the style and sensational football that Barcelona are now producing to such a devastating effect."
Having signed for Liverpool in 1978 under the stewardship of Bob Paisley, Hansen went on to become one of the club's greatest ever defenders, playing a major part in the Reds' European Cup winning sides of 1978, 1981 and 1984.
But for all Liverpool’s success, Hansen says the Anfield side of old is incomparable to the modern day Barcelona. "Their football is so easy on the eye," he continued.
"We (Liverpool) had great players and a great team, but like Manchester United in recent years, our strength came in adversity. We might have been technically inferior compared to others, but our team ethic and spirit were huge factors.
"Barcelona are such a good advert for the game because they are producing football that has taken the sport to another level."