Considering Liverpool's rich history, as the club from Merseyside is the most honoured British club regarding European success, here is the club's greatest ever XI in a standard 4-4-2 formation.


Goalkeeper : Ray Clemence

Clemence was a consistent and athletic goalkeeper and was one of the finest keepers in the 70's, when he won 5 European Cup titles and many other major titles as well, during the greatest Reds' period ever.

Right-Back : Phil Neal

A side-back with a phenomenal haul of silverware, Phil Neal was a true winner. He is remembered as a great-scoring fullback and a commanding presence in the defensive line and was part of the Liverpool side which won it all in the late 70s and the 80s.

Centre-Back : Alan Hansen

Arguably the most talented of all the defenders who have laced their boots for Liverpool.
Alan Hansen was a rare breed of a centre-back, with excellent balance and the ability to carry the ball with control and grace - or as simply as Bob Paisley said : " he is the defender with the pedigree of an international striker".

Centre-Back : Sami Hyypia

A rock-solid defensive presence during his prime, Finland-born Sami Hyypia is loved like only a few at the Anfield stadium.

Known for his all-round reading of the game and heading ability, he wore the reds 460 times and scored 60 goals, a great return for a defender.

Left-Back : Steve Nicol

Brought in by Joe Fagan to challenge Phil Neal for the regular right-back slot in 1981, but such was Steve Nicol's incredible versatility, consistency and hard-work, which rightfully earned him the starting left-back and centre-back positions throughout his career, making 343 appearances and celebrating one European Cup title with the Reds.


Centre-Midfielder : Graeme Souness

Souness was always intimidating and fearsome for the opposition. Armed with great physique and tremendous passing skills, he was a scorer of some spectacular goals.
He played 359 games for LFC and lifted five English championship titles and three European Cups.

Centre-Midfielder : Steven Gerrard

The ultimate hero and go-to man for Liverpool in the past 10 years at least, the current captain is an example of a loyal footballer and a graceful midfielder with great reading of the game, positioning, passing skills and vision.

The Liverpool born and raised player has made 634 appearances to this day and was the most important pillar under Liverpool's 2005 Champion's League win.

Right-Attacking-Midfielder : Kenny Dalglish

Kenny is the king. His brilliant football mind, amazing touch and creativity led him being the most loved football player to ever wear the famous red shirt. 

The Scottish player played 501 games for the Merseyside team - and was the star and leader in three European Cup and six English championship title wins.

Left-Attacking-Midfielder : John Barnes

Barnes got the crowd on their feet like no other player that has graced the Anfield. A technically gifted winger with excessive dribbling skills and out-of-the-ordinary control of the ball, he made 324 appearances for the Reds and won two English championships.
Liverpool's lack of European success during Barnes' time, is guilty for him not being held in higher regard around the footballing world.

Centre-Forward : Michael Owen

Every Liverpool fan remembers the 18-year-old Michael Owen being the league's top scorer in his first professional season for the Reds.

He may never really manage to tap his full potential, or it was just that the expectations were too high, but Owen had some magical moments during his spell at Liverpool, were he won the Ballon d'Or in the year of 2001.

Centre-Forward : Ian Rush

The iconic moustache-bearer is the greatest ever goalscorer for Liverpool FC, having scored 346 goals during his incredible 660 appearances, a record that unlikely will be broken. Known for his pace, work-rate and goalscoring ability, he alongside with Kenny Dalglish, won every possible title during the 80's.

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