Liverpool’s greatest foreign XI…well I think so

There are some names that will never be forgotten at Anfield. Here is my list of the best XI foreigners to grace the club’s colours.

Jerzy Dudek – Achieved legendary status at the club after his spaghetti legs helped Liverpool win the Champions League Final is Istanbul. While Pepe Reina may have been in with a chance. It is Dudek who gets my vote after his reflex, or luck as I prefer to call it, sent Shevchenko’s shot over from a yard out in extra time.

Sami Hyypia – Over 300 games for the reds and captained the side on a number of occasions. Hyypia was part of the Uefa Cup and Champions League winning teams. Quite simply an Anfield legend, he will be remembered after being held aloft by his team-mates to a standing ovation after his last game at Anfield.

Markus Babbel – Despite suffering from a very serious injury for his final season he was a huge part of the treble winning side and even notched one of his three Liverpool goals in the Uefa Cup Final. One of a number of popular German’s to have graced the Anfield turf.

John Arne Riise – The ginger rocket made his own compilation of wonder strikes in his time at Anfield. Despite now doing the same thing in Rome, it will be his wonder strikes, especially one against Manchester United, which the Reds fans never forget! 31 goals in over 200 appearances is not bad going for a left back.

Jan Molby– Despite being a little young to have watched him, the legend lives on. 218 appearances for Liverpool and still holds the club record for the most amount of penalties scored by one player. 42 of his 60 goals came from the spot! When Jose Mourinho referred to teams parking a bus in front of their goal, Molby could well have been Liverpool’s bus. Quite literally!

Patrik Berger – The long-haired Czech midfielder spent seven seasons at Liverpool. Similarly to Riise he was blessed with a peach of a left foot. His time at Liverpool brought one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Uefa Cup, one Charity Shield and one Super Cup. Not bad going!

Vladimir Smicer – The scorer of the second goal in the infamous come back in Istanbul. He even played that game knowing full-well that the club were looking to offload him that summer. Did it bother him? Of course not. A very popular figure around Anfield and will surely be given a hero’s welcome on every visit.

Luis Garcia – To the tune of “You Are My Sunshine”: “Luis García, he drinks Sangria/he came from Barça to bring us joy!/He’s five foot seven, he’s football heaven/So please don’t take our Luis away!” The Spanish midfielder would indeed be taken away but not before helping the team towards Champions League glory. He was of course the man in the centre of the goal that Jose Mourinho labelled a ‘ghost goal’ as well as scoring a very memorable 20 yard volley against Juventus.

Dietmar Hamann – 191 appearances in a Liverpool shirt. Scored the first penalty in Istanbul despite having a broken toe…he’s in!

Dirk Kuyt – If Liverpool need and important goal then it is usually this man who pops up with it. Maybe a surprise to some to be in this list but for work-rate and consistency, he has to be in. Most definitely Rafa Benitez’s favourite player and what he might not have in looks, he certainly makes up with in performances. All hail the Flying Dutchman!

Fernando Torres – Where do you start with this guy? Joined Liverpool and marked his first season at Anfield by being Liverpool’s first player, since Robbie Fowler in 1996, to score more than 20 league goals in a season. Torres become the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals after scoring against Aston Villa. Ridiculously good and will be challenging the goal-scoring records of Owen and Co if Liverpool manage to hold on to him.


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