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Liverpool’s Team of the Decade

Here is a look back at an ever-evolving team. This time 10 years ago Liverpool were starting what would be Rafael Benitez’ final campaign as Liverpool manager. We would later see Roy Hodgson take over for just six months. He was replaced by Kenny Dalglish who brought along the first silverware of the decade for the Reds. Then Brendan Rodgers took charge of Liverpool as he brought them to second in the league in that dramatic season. Finally, Klopp has seen out the decade with what some are arguing the greatest team on the planet at this moment.

Alisson Becker

(2018/19 – present)

An outstanding first season saw the Brazilian keeper pick up awards including: Premier League Golden Glove, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper, FIFA FIFPro World XI and UEFA Champions League Goalkeeper of the season. He in total picked up eight personal accolades. Alisson is seen as a huge piece in Klopp’s final puzzle with the goalkeeper adding a little more than Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet did.

Trent Alexander-Arnold  

(2016/17 – present)

The Liverpool born right-back is argued as one of the best in the world at the moment. His technique and ability for someone just 21 years old is outstanding. The young full back made the position his own after a taking over from Nathaniel Clyne who struggled with injuries and spending last season on loan at Bournemouth.

Martin Skrtel

(2007/08 – 2015/16)

The powerful defender was a big player for Liverpool in the 2013/14 season when he scored seven league goals and even got an assist to his name. He also equalised for Liverpool in the 2011/12 League Cup final where he would go on to lift the trophy.

Virgil van Dijk

(2017/18 – present)

Current UEFA Best player revolutionised the way Liverpool defended under Jurgen Klopp. A team who struggled to defend brought in the Dutch centre-back for club record £75m fee who scored on his debut against Everton in the FA Cup. There was controversy in the signing with it almost not happening and Liverpool waiting until the winter window to bring in the towering defender. But since then he and Liverpool have come a long way with now talk of van Dijk winning the Ballon d’Or.

Andrew Robertson

(2017/18 – present)

A real problem position for Liverpool ever since John Arne Riise left the club. Players like Fabio Aurelio, Jose Enrique, Alberton Moreno and even Aly Cissohko were brought in to play this role. But £8m player Robertson is regarded as one of the worlds best now. Another player who made this role his own and really changed how full-backs play. A moment that defines the Scotsman is the lung busting run against Manchester City closing down from the right midfield always back to the left back position.

Steven Gerrard

(1998/99 – 2014/15)

Arguably one of the greatest ever Liverpool players had important moments in this decade. His biggest would have been sealing the victory over Manchester City in the 2013/14 campaign. His rallying cry to the team and the way he continued to drag this team through. He also lifted the trophy in the League Cup. During this time it wasn’t the most glamour’s side but the captain stayed strong to his beloved club.

Jordan Henderson

(2011/12 – present)

Current captain and a player who was almost sold has always come back and proved himself to lead this team and has produced captains performances on the way to lifting a Champions League trophy. A player with a strong mentality and very hardworking. Himself and Gini Wijnaldum can be criminally underrated because their positions don’t please statisticians, but their work rate gives the likes of Salah, Mane, Firmino, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold the time and space on the pitch to deliver goals.

Mohammed Salah

(2017/18 – present)

Back to back golden boot winner, back to back African player of the year and Liverpool player of the season in his first season. The Egyptian king has been a phenomenon and his stock has risen so highly since joining from Roma three seasons ago that his 16 games he has scored 9 goals and 5 assists, but it feels like he hasn’t hit top gear just yet.

Roberto Firmino

(2015/16 – present)

A man who struggled to find a position when first joining the club and looked out of place and expensive. It wasn’t until Klopp came in to find the then number 11 find a new ‘false 9’ role. Now a player who embodies this Liverpool’s style of play. A forward like no other in the Premier League and a player you notice when he does not take to the pitch.

Sadio Mane

(2016/17 – present)

A lighting forward settled in fantastically with his goal against Arsenal on his debut. In his first season on right wing he got 13 goals. The Senegalese forward ended the last season as joint top scorer along with Salah. We have seen the forward play a number of roles within the club including centre-forward but this current season he leads Liverpool’s scoring charts along with Salah with 9 goals.

Luis Suarez

(2010/11 – 2013/14)

Arguably one of the greatest technical players to ever play for Liverpool. The controversial striker scored 82 goals in 133 games. The prolific forward could score any type of goal, and often would when lining up against Norwich City. The Uruguayan forward was top scorer for the club for three seasons running and his partnership with Sturridge was an unforgettable one.

Bench:

Pepe Reina

(2005/06 – 2013/14)

A three-time golden glove winner and a player of the season the Spanish goalkeeper was fantastic between the sticks. An argument could have been made that if he stayed just one more season, we could have potentially seen Gerrard lift that elusive Premier League title. A great shot stopper but also good with his feet and a great leader from the back.

Daniel Agger

(2005/06 – 2013/14)

Liverpool through and through a centre-back who was tough to beat and had a rocket in his left boot. A brilliant partnership with Skrtel would sometimes be broken up by the injures the Danish defender suffered with. But another player who would face being sold but wanted to fight for his place at this illustrious club. A brilliant defender who could play and was ahead of the game.

Glen Johnson

(2009/10 – 2014/15)

The attacking full-back was by far the third best full-back of this decade. Always questioned when going backwards but his attacking ability was what Liverpool needed in this time. An exciting pacey full back always had a stunning goal in his locker including a bicycle kick against Stoke City, a rocket against West Ham United and that goal against Chelsea waltzing through the defence.

Lucas Leiva

(2007/08 – 2016/17)

Liverpool’s player of the season in 2010/11, the turn of the decade was Lucas’ best years in red. A player who was mocked when he first came to Liverpool found his role as a defensive midfielder and ended his career as a cult hero. A player who would always put in a huge performance for his club turned haters into fans. He was expected to be a flair Brazilian midfielder but changed the perception with some fantastic defensive displays.

Phillipe Coutinho

(2012/13 – 2017/18)

A flamboyant midfielder was a vital point to Liverpool. Playing occasionally on the left wing before Salah joined Liverpool and more in a central role in his later time at Liverpool. The Brazilian magician was a game changer with fantastic technical ability and a mind that could unlock a door. The way he left did leave a sour taste but in his five seasons at the club his performance were outstanding and brilliant to watch.

Dirk Kuyt

(2006/07 – 2011/12)

A player who would never stop working for his side. A man loved by the fans and it showed in his performances. He would always sacrifice himself for the great of the team. The hardworking winger was a vital way to how Liverpool played at the turn of the decade. It does seem unfair that he left Liverpool with just a league cup to his name after scoring in a Champions League final.

Daniel Sturridge

(2012/13 – 2018/19)

A man blighted by injuries, but the 2013/14 season was one where he blew the world away. A technically brilliant finisher and a true goal scorer. A personal favourite goal of the decade would be Sturridge’s dink against West Brom, but his goal against Sevilla in the Europa League final was a genius finish. A great celebration to go with a great goal scorer.

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