Jamie Carragher had the fortune of playing with many Liverpool legends including Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
But that didn’t stop the Daily Mail asking him which club hero he would have liked to play with.
Carragher was a one-club man, playing 17 seasons with the Reds, but missed out on playing with Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.
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Yet the former defender didn’t opt for either Anfield legend. Instead, he went for Graeme Souness, his colleague at Sky Sports.
“Graeme Souness,” was Carragher’s immediate response when asked which player he wanted to play alongside.
“I didn’t see that great team of the early Eighties growing up as it was just before my time. Everyone raves about Kenny Dalglish and rightly so. I have seen videos and different clips but my dad, who has a decent knowledge of football, always says Souness was the best player he had ever seen. I haven't told him while working at Sky yet."
Carragher gets to offer analysis alongside Souness on Sky Sports’ football coverage and praised the former player turned manager's presence in the studio.
Souness is an idol
“He’s brilliant,” Carragher added. “On a big occasion he has a presence due to his posture and voice. I watch different pundits because I'm looking to improve. I look at Souness and there's nothing I could take from him because he's a one-off.”
Souness was at his imposing best during the late 70s and early 80s, during which time he helped Liverpool win five First Division titles, four League Cups and three European Cups.
He commanded a fee of £650,000 when he signed for Sampdoria in 1984 but Carragher reckons the former midfielder would sell for a much higher fee in today’s market.
“Around £50-60 million,” Carragher replied when asked how much the Scot would be worth today. “When you ask Liverpool fans who the best ever player was, they all say Dalglish.
“When you ask the players who played in that great team, they all say Souness. I think that's telling.
“Roy Keane was a great midfielder despite playing for Manchester United but I think Souness was slightly better in that role.”
Souness was instrumental as a player and guided Liverpool to an FA Cup victory as a manager in 1992.
Jurgen Klopp's revolution
The trophies have dried up at Liverpool since Souness’ era - they haven’t won a league title since 1990 - but, under Jurgen Klopp, it is hoped the Reds can return to their glory years.
Klopp almost marked his first season in England with a trophy but the club lost the Capital One Cup final on penalties to Manchester City last month.
Yet the future remains bright. With Klopp in charge and Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings, Liverpool have a fresh group of players all hoping to join Carragher and Souness as club legends.
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