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Best “there’s no way they make it into our Best XI” XI

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There was a good thread about our best xi and there was a healthy amount of debate and difference of opinion, but it would be hard to argue any of the players selected couldn’t make it into a best XI. 
 

Some might not think Suarez gets close, some might think Trent has a lot left to prove to beat out Neal for example, or that Rob Jones’s injuries stopped him short of the heights required. Some might’ve never seen the likes of Yeats or Hunt, so couldn’t pick them, but they’d all be reasonably argued choices.

 

But, for example, there’s no way Finnan could be considered in our Best XI despite being a good, solid player for us. Same goes for Houghton from the 80s team, and so on.

 

So, with footie having finished now for me, not watching any of the European stuff, I thought this might be an interesting take.

 

its not just the best players left that you didn’t pick for your Best XI, but those that you couldn’t consider picking.

 

Go on, have a go...

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For me, goalie is a choice of 2 or 3, but Dudek gets the nod for Istanbul.

 

Full backs, well, I loved Babbel so he’s in, and due to the paucity in the position in my time I’m going with Riise at left back. I almost picked Staunton, then remembered Aurelio but he just wasn’t ever fit so JAR gets the nod.

 

Centre back is Wright and Agger.

 

Midfield is tough. So I skipped to attack. Torres makes it for sure. No way is he getting selected for our best ever, but he was as good as anyone I saw on his day. Partnered with Collymore that sounds pretty frightening.

 

Wingers are McManaman and Johnston.

 

so back to the midfield two. I ummed and arred over a few but Masch was such a good player and I probably need a bit of flair so went for Coutinho too.

 

team:

 

Dudek

Babbel

Wright

Agger

Riise

Johnston

Mascherano

Coutinho

McManaman

Torres

Collymore

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Grobbelaar

 

R. Jones

Wright

Agger

Bjornebye

 

Whelan

Mascherano

 

McManaman

Beardsley

Berger

 

Torres

 

 

 

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4-4-2
Reina

Arbeloa

Matip

Lovren

Aurelio

Wijnaldum

Milner

Oxlade-Chamberlain

Coutinho

Firmino

Sturridge

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43 minutes ago, VERBAL DIARRHEA said:

Grobbelaar

Babbel

Hyypia 

Lawrenson

Nicol

McManaman

Whelan

Keegan

Heighway

Suarez

Torres

 

A lot others could probably get in too. 3XI?

 

Thats a good pick, I would also consider Fowler, Rob Jones, Callaghan and Redknap

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53 minutes ago, VERBAL DIARRHEA said:

Grobbelaar

Babbel

Hyypia 

Lawrenson

Nicol

McManaman

Whelan

Keegan

Heighway

Suarez

Torres

 

A lot others could probably get in too. 3XI?

 

A few of them would be in many peoples all time XI

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4-4-2 (A 4-3-3 sees Robbie Fowler come in for Ronnie Whelan).
 

Allison

 

Phil Neal

Mark Lawrenson 

Sami Hypia

Steve Nicol

 

Javier Mascherano

Ray Kennedy

Ronnie Whelan

Terry McDermott

 

Kevin Keegan

Fernando Torres

 

 

Edit: I had Rob Jones in my best XI so changed to Phil Neal. 

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2 hours ago, Bjornebye said:

Grobbelaar

 

R. Jones

Wright

Agger

Bjornebye

 

Whelan

Mascherano

 

McManaman

Beardsley

Berger

 

Torres

 

 

 

Beardsley. Fucking hell how did I not pick him.

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1 hour ago, Bjornebye said:

A few of them would be in many peoples all time XI

At least in contention to be.

 

lawro, hyypia, nicol, highway, Keegan and Suarez are too close to the all time best discussion for me to have them

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29 minutes ago, TheHowieLama said:

Everytime I see this thread I think "Would George Best get into our best 11"?

 

No.

Yes! My dad’s favourite non Liverpool player. That’s good enough for me, he taught me everything I know about footy.

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23 minutes ago, Tony Moanero said:

Yes! My dad’s favourite non Liverpool player. That’s good enough for me, he taught me everything I know about footy.

Ahead of Barnes?

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1 minute ago, TheHowieLama said:

Ahead of Barnes?

Kenny Dalglish is head and shoulders my favourite Liverpool player, John Barnes is probably my second favourite. But, yeah, I’d have Best ahead of him. From what I’ve seen, he was a level or two above Barnes, possibly more.

 

 

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On 12/08/2020 at 08:33, Tony Moanero said:

Grobbelaar

 

Babbel 

Yeats 

Hyypia

Lindsay

 

Heighway

Case

McAllister

R. Kennedy

 

Litmanen 

Fowler

There are many Liverpool supporters who’d put Hyypia and Fowler in their best XI I reckon.

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31 minutes ago, aRdja said:

There are many Liverpool supporters who’d put Hyypia and Fowler in their best XI I reckon.

Possibly. Depends on age, I suppose.

As good as Hyypia was, he doesn’t come close to getting in our all-time XI, in my opinion. The competition - Hansen, Van Dijk, Lawrenson, Thompson - is just too strong. Fowler is closer but behind Rush and Dalglish, Suarez, Keegan, and for my dad’s generation, Roger Hunt.

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Anyway, revised team. Left out Heighway and Ray Kennedy, as some pick them in their all their all-time XI. 

 

               

                 Grobbelaar

 

   Babbel   Yeats   Carragher   Lindsay

             

                      Hamann   

         Case                    Berger

                    Litmanen

         

                St John  Torres

 

 

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4 hours ago, Tony Moanero said:

Possibly. Depends on age, I suppose.

As good as Hyypia was, he doesn’t come close to getting in our all-time XI, in my opinion. The competition - Hansen, Van Dijk, Lawrenson, Thompson - is just too strong. Fowler is closer but behind Rush and Dalglish, Suarez, Keegan, and for my dad’s generation, Roger Hunt.

I think Hyppia was much better than Thommo. They'd have made a great partnership like Sami and Carra.

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