Liverpool: My All Time Best XI
- Goalkeeper: Pepe ReinaFor many years, it was Ray Clemence who was most Liverpool fans choice as their best ever goalkeeper at Anfield, but after years of searching to find a worthy successor to messers Clemence and Grobbelaar, the popular Spaniard is t...
Left Back: Alan Kennedy
Alan Kennedy was a modern day full-back 30 years ahead of his time. Defensive ability, mixed with great attacking runs and a tendency to score important goals at key times, like the winner in the 1981 European Cup Final against Real Madrid. He was signed for Liverpool in 1978 by the shrewdest judge of a player in British football, Bob Paisley.
During his seven years at the club, he gave great service and is still held in high regard amongst supporters to this day.
Centre Back: Alan Hansen
A truly wonderful defender, a great reader of the game, blessed with impeccable timing and superb technique. His runs, carrying the ball into midfield, were a regular feature of his game, committing opposition midfielders and creating space for his own.
Hansen won league titles, European Cup, FA Cups and League Cups in his 14 years at the club, lifting many as captain before injury forced him to retire in 1991. Hansen was simply a Rolls Royce of a footballer.
Centre Back: Sami Hyypia
The big Fin came to Liverpool in 1999 from Dutch club Willem II for just £2.6m and was arguably Gerard Houllier’s best signing. Hyypia quickly established himself as a quality centre half; strong in the air, good on the ground, a great tackler and showed the leadership skills that made him a natural captain.
When he was replaced by Steven Gerrard as club captain, he never spoke ill of Gerrard or sulked about being stripped of his captaincy; he simply got behind the new skipper, such was his professional approach towards the game.
Right Back: Phil Neal
Phil Neal was the model of consistency during his time at the club and if you were awarded a penalty, he was the man to take it. Scored an impressive 60 goals in 650 games over 11 years as a Liverpool player after being signed from Northampton Town by the great Bob Paisley in 1974.
Though not spectacular, he was always solid; his 50 caps for England and countless winners’ medals were a testament to that.