Liverpool FC All-Time Starting Lineup

Michael ByrneCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2008

By request, I've produced my all-time Liverpool lineup. Remember, the point of this is to cause discussion—the beauty of these things is that no two people will have the same team.

I'm going with a 4-3-1-2 formation:


1. Bruce Grobelaar

Bruce just gets the nod over Clemence in net for me—his sheer athleticism and his ability to pull of improbable saves is often overlooked by his exuberance and mischievous nature. He won the double in 1986 and founded the "spaghetti-legs" in the European Cup Final in 1984.


2. Phil Neal

Phil Neal is in at right back. Very much a "Mr. Dependable" character, who enjoyed charging forward whenever possible and added more than his fair share of goals—was an excellent penalty taker. Honorable mentions to Markus Babbel and Rob Jones.


3. Alan Kennedy

Alan Kennedy takes the left-back slot. Again he was an adventurous player who loved bombing forward, but was stout and strong defensively.


4. Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia is currently starting his tenth year with Liverpool, and he was undoubtedly the best signing Gerard Houllier made during his time at Liverpool. Now 34, he has not lost any pace because he never had any!

Sami's first 10 yards were in his vision and ability to read the game. He has also scored in every season he has played for the Reds. An outstanding player and an outstanding leader.


5. Alan Hansen

Hansen was a great footballing centre back, who always looked to do something constructive with the ball. Watching Sami Hyypia is like watching Hansen. Both love to start attacking moves by moving forward with the ball and spraying passes out to the flanks. He won numerous accolades as a player and captain.

Other notable centre backs to have donned the Liver Bird include Jamie Carragher, Ron Yeats, and Tommy Smith.


6. Emlyn Hughes

Hughes was signed as an inexperienced young player by Bill Shankly, and from there he never looked back. Tireless and workmanlike, he embodied everything Shankly demanded of a player and a Captain. He was a leader in every sense of the word. Still the only Liverpool captain to win two European Cups, and back-to-back.


7. Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool's greatest ever player. Signed from Celtic, he went on to become the idol of the Kop with his vision, passing and goalscoring prowess. He won the European Cup three times as a player, and managed the club to the double in 1986. His name still echoes around Anfield on a match day.


8. Steven Gerrard

A supporter who feels the pain of defeat like any one of us, his hunger and determination to succeed are what gives him the extra 10 percent. He would not be the same player anywhere else because he would not care enough anywhere else.

He wrote himself into legend for the crucial goal against Olympiakos in the 2004/05 Champions League campaign and for his role in motivating the players after scoring the first goal in the comeback in the Istanbul final. He contributes goals, assists, and tackles, he is a leader and a future manager of the club.


9. Robbie Fowler

"God" as he is called by the fans, Robbie Fowler broke all sorts of goalscoring records during his time as a player. Rafa Benitez pulled off a masterstroke bringing him back for 18 months, though it will be for his first and main spell with the club that he is most fondly remembered.

Famous for a hat-trick in four and a half minutes against Arsenal, he was the most natural goalscorer we have ever seen. If he could have avoided injury, he would have been the most successful English goalscorer of all time.

10. Ian Rush

Rushie scored goals for fun, and won numerous accolades during his time with the club. Immortalised in a song which talks about his goalscoring exploits against Everton, where he scored four of five goals for Liverpool at Goodison Park.


11. John Barnes

Johnnie Barnes was as talented a footballer as Liverpool have seen. Signed from Watford, his dazzling footwork, ability to beat players, pass the ball, and set-pieces made him a genuine world-class talent. He scored one of England's greatest goals in the Maracana against Brazil.


Other midfielders and strikers who could easily have fitted in include Steve Highway, Graeme Souness, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley, Michael Owen, Roger Hunt, and Kevin Keegan.


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