Carragher and Redknapp pick their Liverpool XI of the Premier League era

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Liverpool may not have got their hands on a Premier League trophy in the 24 years the competition has existed, but that doesn't mean the Merseyside club haven't had their fair share of top class players.

As we showed recently, the star names that have come and gone at Anfield in the last few years alone would make up quite the starting line-up. But, what about an all-time Liverpool XI from the Premier League era?

Well that's the task The Mirror put to two Liverpool stalwarts - Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp - recently and the duo's eventual line-up will certainly cause some debate amongst fans. Fernando Torres anyone?

GK - Pepe Reina - 2005-2014

As the pair discussed, Liverpool have had some solid goalkeepers down the years with the likes of Brad Friedel, David James and Sander Westerveld appearing between the sticks.

However, it was Reina who got the not, and you can understand why. The Spaniard played over 250 games for Liverpool between 2005-2014 and won the Premier League Golden Gloves award the first three seasons he was at the club.

RB - Rob Jones - 1991-1999

One of the older players in Carragher and Redknapp's XI, Jones was a solid if unspectacular right-back who won eight caps for England.

He was named Man of the Match on his Liverpool debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford after marking Ryan Giggs out the game. Other names in contention included Steve Finnan and Markus Babbel.

LB - John Arne Riise - 2001-2008

Riise remains a cult figure on Merseyside after making a name for himself with thunderous free-kicks and barnstorming runs up the left flank.

However, he basically got in this team by default after neither Redknapp or Carragher could think of a "top class" left back they'd played with at Anfield.

CB - Jamie Carragher - 1996-2003

Unsurprisingly, the pair named Carragher as a starting centre-back and, considering he made over 500 appearances for his hometown club, he'd have been unlucky to miss out.

The defender-turned-pundit was also extremely versatile in his playing days and could fill in at either full-back position for this all-time team.

CB - Sami Hyypia - 1999-2009

Described by Carragher as one of the best foreign players to play in the Premier League, Hyppia helped Liverpool to two FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and UEFA Cup during his decade at the club.

He was also joint captain alongside Robbie Fowler as the team completed their famous cup treble in the 2000-2001 season.

RW - Steve McManaman - 1990-1999

McManaman had an impressive goalscoring record from out on the wing for Liverpool, finding the back of the net 46 times in 272 appearances before joining Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Known for his ability to beat a man with impressive dribbling ability, he would have thrived in the modern Premier League era of fast-paced football.

LW - John Barnes - 1987-1997

Playing out of his natural position on the left, Barnes makes the team largely thanks to being a hero of both Carragher and Redknapp.

You can understand why, though. The 79 cap England star is arguably one of the Three Lions' most naturally gifted footballers of recent generations and was a two-time PFA Player of the Year.

CM - Steven Gerrard - 1998-2015

There was never going to be a Liverpool XI that didn't include Stevie G. One of the club's biggest legends after almost two decades of service, the midfield maestro was the heartbeat of many Liverpool side.

Whether playing the holding role or being the strikers, Gerrard was consistently amongst the top performers in the Premier League each and every season.

CM - Xabi Alonso - 2004-2009

Selected over Javier Mascherano, Alonso is a player who's talents would get him into contention for a spot in the all-time starting XI at any club he has played for.

The Spaniard's long-range passing ability is second to none and he was also never afraid to get stuck in in the battleground that is a Premier League midfield.

F - Luis Suarez - 2011-2014

Bought for £22.8 million in 2011. Scored 69 goals in 110 games. Sold to Barcelona for £65 million. There isn't a lot more you can say.

Suarez developed into one of the finest strikers in the world whilst playing for Liverpool and has continued to improve after heading to Spain. Liverpool haven't really replaced him since.

F - Robbie Fowler - 1993-2001 & 2006-2007

Perhaps the surprise of the XI as Fowler gets in ahead of both Fernando Torres and Michael Owen. With almost a goal every game for Liverpool, though, it is hard to leave him out.

Plus, as Redknapp and Carragher noted, he would make an excellent social sec. for this combined team.

As for Torres and Owen being left out? We'll let Carragher explain that one.

"One went to Man United and one went to Chelsea - so f*** 'em."

What do you make of the starting XI? Let us know who you would have picked in the comments below...

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