Having starred for Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool throughout his career, former England midfielder Paul Ince played alongside a number of top-class players.
From Eric Cantona to Steven Gerrard, Ince found himself in the company of some of the biggest names to have ever played the game, but he has surprised the world of football with his recent comments regarding the best player he played with.
Liverpool fans will be pleased to know that the ex-midfielder has selected one of their former players. However, even the most hardcore of Liverpool supporters will find Ince's choice rather bizarre...
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So, which former Liverpool player has Ince identified as the best?
Stig Inge Bjornebye. Yes, that's right, Ince has selected retired Norwegian footballer Stig Inge Bjornebye as the best player he played with.
Bjornebye the best
First thing's first, it must be noted that Ince made the comment during a Norwegian book launch, but it appears that he really does rate Bjornebye very highly indeed.
Despite admitting that Bjornebye was not the greatest talent, Ince has insisted that the former defender had the 'guts' that other professionals did not.
As per the Mirror, Ince stated: "Stig Inge Bjørnebye. Amazing. Maybe the best I ever played with, because he had the inner drive, the ability to question himself, the ability to work hard all the time.
"He was not the greatest talent, but he had something that many of the others lacked: guts."
Bjornebye played in over 100 Premier League games for Liverpool between 1992 and 2000 before leaving for Blackburn Rovers where he eventually retired.
In fairness to Ince, every team needs to have at least a couple of players with a great deal of guts and determination to succeed.
It's clear for all to see that current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a major advocate of hard work. The German coach, who is slowly but surely implementing his style on Merseyside, expects his players to be at peak fitness in order to run for the entirety of each and every football match.
But Liverpool are also in need of quality as they go in search of long-term success. With the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and co. plying their trade at Anfield, the club are certainly on the right track, but there's still a long way to go for all involved.
With Liverpool currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, it's unlikely that they will secure a spot in next season's Champions League competition, but things have been looking up lately.
Ahead of their Europa League Round of 16 clash against rivals Manchester United, the Reds are in fine form and will believe that they can progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
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