Despite having not won the league since 1990, Liverpool have had some world-class players in their ranks in recent years.
Unfortunately, if you’re a club that isn’t challenging for the league title every year, major European clubs will start snapping up your star players.
Of course, that’s unless you’re a certain Jamie Carragher who stayed loyal to the club he joined as a 12-year-old.
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Despite growing up as an Everton fan, Carragher spent 17 seasons at their Merseyside rivals, becoming the club’s second longest-serving player of all time making 737 appearances in all competitions.
But who was the greatest player he played with at Liverpool?
Of course, Carragher is bound to say Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez but what about if you exclude those two?
“The first one that springs to mind is Xabi Alonso,” he said at a Daily Mail Q&A.
“I was devastated when he left for Real Madrid and he is still a key member of Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich side.”
It’s hardly surprising that Carragher considers the Spanish midfielder as one of the best players he’s played with.
Alonso spent five seasons at Anfield and formed an incredible midfield duo with Gerrard and, then, a midfielder trio with Javier Mascherano added.
He played a big part in the Champions League triumph in 2005 during his first season at the club, scoring the equaliser against AC Milan as the Reds fought back from 3-0 to eventually win on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
While Kopites will firmly agree with the choice of Alonso - a club hero - they may not agree with Carragher’s next pick.
“I think we sometimes forget how good Michael Owen was at 18 because of what came after that with the injuries and signing for Manchester United,” Carragher said.
“I totally get that and I told him that. Sometimes when you start so well you can only go one way.”
Owen was loved at Anfield and it was hoped he would remain at the club for the majority of his career, like both Carragher and Gerrard did.
But after eight campaigns at Anfield, he was snapped up by Real Madrid. While Liverpool fans didn’t begrudge Owen a chance to further his career at one of the best clubs in the world, they were furious when he signed for arch-rivals Manchester United six years later.
With Owen peaking early at Anfield, Carragher compared him to another player with a similar career path, Robbie Fowler who the former defender also named as one of best players he’s played with.
“He [Owen] did so much so young, similar to Robbie Fowler, so his best years were at 20 and 21. You can put Fowler in that bracket as well.”
These three players, along with Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have shone brightly at Anfield in recent years. However, if you look amongst the current Liverpool squad, it's difficult to identify the next player to reach the heights that those before them had reached.
However, given Jurgen Klopp's incredible history in the transfer market, Liverpool fans will be hoping he can capture the next Kop hero.
Liverpool fans: Who do you think is Liverpool's greatest ever player? Let us know in the comments box below!
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