It’s been a mixed 10 years for Liverpool.
Barring the anomalously brilliant 2013-14 campaign, the first seven years of the decade were incredibly tough for the Reds and saw them slide down the Premier League table.
Rafael Benitez’s tenure ended with a whimper, Roy Hodgson’s time at the club was a disaster, Kenny Dalgish could never get things right and Brendan Rodger’s reign flattered to deceive.
But as the 2020s creep ever closer, Liverpool fans are feeling far more positive and that’s all down to Jurgen Klopp, who has transformed them into European champions and league contenders.
Such a topsy-turvy 10 years also makes it incredibly tough to continue our series on top European clubs’ teams of the decade – and Liverpool are next to take to the stage.
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Liverpool’s team of the decade
While there are some easy choices from both the tougher and kinder epochs of the decade, there were also a few difficult calls and picks that are bound to cause debate amongst Kopites.
But be sure to hear us out and take a look at GIVEMESPORT’s suggested XI for Liverpool’s team of the decade (2010-2020):
GK – Alisson Becker
What an absolute bargain Alisson has proven to be. The Brazilian is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and won the Premier League Golden Glove in his first season with 21 clean sheets.
Pepe Reina is at least worthy of a mention, but the fans’ favourite couldn’t reach Alisson’s level during his peak, never mind post-2010. Meanwhile, the less said about Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius the better.
RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold
Who would have predicted this? Not only has Alexander-Arnold solidified himself as a mainstay in the Liverpool XI across three seasons, but he’s now the world’s best right-back at the age of 21.
Again, it’s worth tipping our hats to Glen Johnson, yet there’s no debating that Alexander-Arnold has already outdone his predecessor.
CB – Martin Skrtel
The first former Red in the team. Skrtel won the 2012 Liverpool Player of the Year award, chipped in with seven goals during the 2013-14 campaign and was an all-around warrior at Anfield for nine years.
We must admit, Joel Matip ran the Slovakian incredibly close but, for all his impressive displays recently, he just hasn’t had the same impact on the club as a whole.
CB – Virgil van Dijk
Duh. Van Dijk now looks like an absolute steal for £75 million, collected the PFA Player of the Year award after his first full season and is now challenging Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or.
The 28-year-old scored against Everton on his debut, galvanised the Reds to Champions League glory and went an entire season without being dribbled past. We could go on for days.
LB – Andrew Robertson
An absolute masterstroke from Jurgen Klopp, the plucky Scott has been a revelation on Merseyside and is arguably the best left-back in the world despite being purchased for less than £10 million.
And when you consider his only real competition was Jon Flanagan, Jose Enrique and Alberto Moreno, his inclusion might just be the biggest no-brainer of the lot.
CDM – Jordan Henderson
This decision could have a few supporters searching for their pitchforks, but trust us when we say the infinitely-underrated Henderson is one of the easiest picks in the team.
First and foremost, making 339 appearances across eight years makes him ideal for a ‘team of the decade’ and come on, the guy captained Liverpool to their sixth European title.
CM – Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool legend was past his best when the new decade arrived, but Gerrard still gave the Anfield faithful five more years of memories and almost delivered a Premier League crown in the doomed 2013-14 campaign.
During the 10 years in question, Gerrard was crowned the Premier League’s top assist provider (2013-14), named in the PFA Team of the Year and won the League Cup.
CM – Philippe Coutinho
An absolute magician at his best, Coutinho strolls into the team after making 201 appearances across six seasons, scoring 54 goals and 35 bagging Premier League assists in the process.
The likes of James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum were seriously considered, but it’s hard not to choose a player with such an astonishing attacking output. As for Fabinho, longevity simply hasn’t been on his side.
RW – Mohamed Salah
Leaving out a player with two Premier League Golden Boots in as many seasons would be a crime and Salah has proven to be an absolute bargain at just €42 million.
The Egyptian superstar, who was in Ballon d’Or contention after his first year, became the fourth-fastest player in history to reach 50 Premier League goals behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
ST – Luis Suarez
Few individual seasons can compare to Suarez’s 2013-14, where he equalled the old Premier League record for most goals in a single campaign. He scored 82 times overall with the Reds.
Trust us, leaving Roberto Firmino out seems painful for us too, but the statistics simply don’t compare. The Brazilian is well on course to make next decade’s perfect XI, mind.
LW – Sadio Mane
One of the best players in the world right now and boasting a goal-scoring record of 70 strikes in 140 games, Mane seems to be the 10,000th Klopp bargain in this remarkable XI.
Liverpool fans must have thought Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge would have been shoe-ins just five years ago, but boy have Mane and Salah topped their Anfield achievements.