Liverpool greatest XI: Jamie Carragher names his side

Liverpool booked their spot in the final four of the Champions League after avoiding a potential banana skin against Benfica.

Liverpool looked like they might click into cruise control and enjoy a comfortable evening after Ibrahima Konate scored with a towering header from a corner in the early exchanges.

However, Benfica weren’t about to go quietly into the night, bagging an equaliser at Anfield after a fortunate deflection at in the Liverpool backline.

Ultimately, the game proved to be a helter-skelter affair with Benfica forcing a 3-3 draw but, in the larger scheme of things, Liverpool would like to think they were comfortable.

In fact, Jamie Carragher even had some time to raise some eyebrows as he named his all-time Liverpool XI while on punditry for CBS.

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It’s an almighty task, especially when you consider the rich history of the club in question, but Carragher crafted an XI that could be incredibly difficult to top.

In a nod to the supreme job Jurgen Klopp has done at the club, no less than three current stars forced their way into Carragher’s fantastic side.

Jamie Carragher’s all-time Liverpool XI

Goalkeeper:
Ray Clemence

There was only ever going to be one man between the sticks.

Clemence was arguably the finest stopper in Europe throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, a period in which Liverpool won five league titles and three European Cups.

Defence:
Steve Nicol
Virgil van Dijk
Alan Hansen
Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Good luck getting anything past this lot. Virgil van Dijk was only seven votes off winning the Ballon d’Or while Trent Alexander-Arnold has completely defined the role of the full-back.

Meanwhile, in Alan Hansen and Steve Nicol you have two legendary stars that played massive roles in some of the headiest days the club has ever known.

Midfield:
John Barnes
Graeme Souness
Steven Gerrard
Mohamed Salah

Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Salah were always going to pick themselves but there was far more competition for other two slots.

However, it’s hard to argue with Carragher’s picks of John Barnes and fellow pundit Graeme Souness.

Attack:
Ian Rush
Kenny Dalglish

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Imagine having no room for the likes of Michael Owen, Fernando Torres or Luis Suarez.

In what must’ve been the most difficult picks of the lot, Carra went with bona-fide Liverpool royalty in Ian Rush and the king himself, Sir Kenny Dalglish.

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