The current Liverpool squad is the best assembled by the club in the Premier League era.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are probably the very best in the world right now and there isn’t a position on the pitch where they don’t possess at least one elite-level operator.
When you take that into account, it’s perhaps no surprise whatsoever that Liverpool are still chasing a quadruple in early May.
The Reds have already won the League Cup, are into the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League and trail table-toppers Manchester City by just a single point in the Premier League.
This Liverpool side are special, very special.
So when Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin was asked to pick what he believes is the Merseyside club’s all-time Premier League XI, it was no surprise that a significant number of contemporary players were selected.
One of them that got the nod was Thiago Alcantara, which is a rather bold call by Austin – who is a Reds supporter.
Take a look at his XI in full…
Austin’s all-time Liverpool Premier League XI
💪 “Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, @Carra23, Andy Robertson…”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 3, 2022
🤩 “Thiago, Gerrard, Xabi Alonso…”
🔥 “Salah, Suarez, Mané.”
Charlie Austin picks his all-time #LFC Premier League XI 🔴
What do you make of his team? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/WloyjPsBZM
It’s an incredible XI, of that there’s no doubt.
However, Thiago’s inclusion seems a tad premature, given that he’s only been at the top of his game in a Liverpool shirt since the turn of the year.
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Apart from that, Austin’s XI looks bang on the money. Alisson, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Alonso, Gerrard, Salah and Mane are all must-haves, while Carragher probably just has the edge over Sami Hyypia.
Suarez’s inclusion over Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler may ruffle a few feathers, but never forget how outrageously good the Uruguayan was at Anfield.
The former Barcelona striker might just be the most talented player to wear a Liverpool shirt in the Premier League era, which is saying something.