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This is my pick of the best liverpool players
GOALKEEPER Ray Clemence is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding goalkeepers in the history of British football. he became one of Anfield's best bargain buys costing Bill Shankly £18,000 from Scunthorpe in June 1967. His combination of instinctive shot-stopping, tremendous agility and sound judgement led to his becoming first choice for the number one shirt in 1970, Clemence earned 61 international caps, and although it's less than half the number earned by his 125-cap contemporary Peter Shilton, many believe Clemence to have been the better keeper. After 665 appearances, 335 clean sheets and 12 major medals, Clemence moved onto Tottenham for £300,000.
DEFENDER Mark Lawrenson, born June 2nd, 1957, was one of the classiest players in Liverpool's history. He had a versatile game, capable of playing centre-back, full-back, or in midfield. Lawrenson was equally as good on the ground as he was in the air, renowned for his quick and incisive tackling as well as his formidable heading. He'd made 332 appearances and won 5 league titles, 3 league cups, a European Cup and an FA Cup.
DEFENDER Tommy Smith: Born in Anfield, and working on the Liverpool groundstaff, 'hard-men' of the British game. A typical Shankly player with grit and determination in abundance, Smith quickly gained a reputation for tough tackling and no-nonsense defending and those qualities persuaded the manager to hand the club captaincy to the young protégé.Smith scored his fair share of goals for a full-back He won five League Championships, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, and a single England cap, against Wales in 1971.
DEFENDER Alan Hansen, born June 13th, 1955, was one of the most elegant skilful-centre-halves of the British game. Hansen had control and vision and was just as capable of creating Liverpool attacks as he was of stopping the opposition's.In 1986 he captained Liverpool to the League and FA Cup double under the management of his close friend Kenny Dalglish. He retired through injury in 1991 after 599 appearances, with honours coming out of his ears - 8 league titles, 3 European Cups, 3 League Cups, an FA Cup and 26 international caps.
DEFENDER EMLYN Hughes was born in Barrow-in-Furness on the 28th August 1947. At Anfield he become an inspirational figure on the pitch and one of Liverpool's greatest captains - a role which he also adopted in the England team. Nicknamed "Crazy Horse" for his enthusiasm, skill and endurance, Emlyn scored some spectacular goals during his time at Liverpool, probably the most memorable coming in the Merseyside derby win at Everton in March 1973. After over 650 first team appearances for the Reds, which led to two European Cup triumphs in 1977 and 1978, two UEFA Cup winners medals, three Football League Championship medals and an FA Cup winners medal.
MIDFIELD Steve Heighway was an old style winger who provided the crosses for Liverpool's strikers during one of the most successful periods in the club's history. Heighway's memorable runs, incisive and accurate down the flanks, created bucketfuls of goals for Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, as well as accumulating 50 league goals for himself.
MIDFIELD Graeme Souness emerged as a Liverpool legend. Strong in tackle with an unlikely deft touch, Souness could dismantle the most solid of defences and score freely. .In six fruitful seasons as a Liverpool player, Souness aided the side to five League Championships, three European Cups and four League Cups. Having guided Liverpool to supremacy both at home and in Europe, Souness was on the lookout for a fresh challenge.
John Barnes was born in Kingston, Jamaica on the 7th November, 1963. in June 1987, Barnes was brought to Liverpool Along with other new recruits - Peter Beardsley, Ray Houghton and John Aldridge - Barnes played in a line-up that swept aside all before them to take the Championship in style, with Barnes scoring 15 goals in 38 appearances. That season Liverpool also equalled the record of going 29 League games without defeat, and made it to the FA Cup Final, where they were famously beaten by a fiercely determined Wimbledon. The impact of Barnes on his Liverpool side was immense. His flair and imagination led him to two Player of the Year awards in 1988, one from the Football Writers Association, and the other from his fellow professionals in the PFA.
MIDFIELD Gerrard is one of the brightest prospects in England.Progressed from the Liverpool Academy and made thirteen appearances for the Reds during the 1998/99 season Claimed a midfield spot as his own during 1999-2000, placing captain Jamie Redknapp's Anfield future in doubt. Is a very versatile player and filled the right-back slot on a number of occasions during the 00/01 season. Gerrard seems to have limitless energy in the engine room of Houllier's side and during the course of the 00/01 season chipped in with his fair share of goals - usually blistering long-range strikes. Has become a regular in England's competitive A fantastic prospect.
STRIKER MANY fans have said that 'King Kenny' Dalglish is the greatest player in Liverpool history. The super Scot possessed the uncoachable quality of performing as a supreme individual without compromising the team framework. Born in Glasgow in March 1951His consummate skills did not go unnoticed by the Scottish national team and he made his debut in 1971 against Belgium. Over the next 15 years he would make 102 appearances, scoring 30 goals clubs. He inherited the number seven shirt from Keegan, making his first team debut in the Charity Shield against Manchester United. Dalglish scored 30 goals in 59 matches. But his clinical control and incisive passing also brought out the best in his team-mates. In those golden years with Liverpool, he was involved in three European Cup wins, six League Championships, one FA Cup and four League Cup victories.
STRIKER michael owen Scored on his Liverpool debut at Wimbledon in 1997 - and became the hottest property in the British game and one of the brightest talents to emerge in this country for many years. Having hit thirty goals during his first season in the Premiership, he became the youngest player in the 20th century to play for England, making his debut against Chile at the age of eighteen years and two months. He emerged as one of the stars of the France 98 tournament and of course scored an amazing goal - his solo effort against Argentina in the second-round. Was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1997-8, and was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 1998. He bagged 28 goals in the 1998/99 season. England manager Sven Goran Eriksson played Owen in his first game in charge, a 3-0 victory over Spain, but despite having a good game he failed to get on the score sheet.
Almost all before my time. Bet they'd have beaten Basle though...
brianlfc 30.01.2002 18:28
Darren, I agree with most of your choices, but I'm surprised you never added Ian Rush, I love Owen, but I don't think he has achieved as much success (goal-scoring wise) as the great Rushie. I would always find a place for Terry McDermott in my greatest Liverpool XI and what about Phil Neal? He has got to be Britains most decorated footballer (medal wise)....anyway well done and cheers for the COT add, very much appreciated...Brian