Paul Ince has said on BT Sport that, at his peak, he would have got into this Liverpool side.
The former Reds midfielder was speaking following the Anfield outfit’s 2-1 victory away at Wolves on Thursday night.
Himself, Joe Cole and Peter Crouch were all asked whether they would get into Jurgen Klopp’s XI. Whilst Cole and Crouch were happy to say that it would be difficult to earn a spot, the 52-year-old was adamant that he would be included. He responded, quite simply: “Without a doubt”.
It is a huge shout from Ince, but it is one worth looking at. After all, he did have a successful career in the game, playing for some of the biggest clubs on the planet – along with Liverpool, he also appeared for Manchester United and Internazionale.
Ince was more of a box-to-box midfielder who was able to contribute in front of goal – in 81 matches for the Merseyside club, he racked up 17 strikes. His best Premier League campaign, however, came for United, where he scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 39 matches.
However, despite his prowess in the middle of the park, it would take something particularly special to claim a spot in this Liverpool side. Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Milner have all contributed to the Reds’ success over the past two-and-a-half seasons, and the records continue to fall.
Whilst Ince’s goal record shows he may certainly have something to offer, Klopp would unlikely want to unbalance his side by bringing in a different kind of player into his team. This, of course, is hypothetical, but it would take more than the former England international to dislodge any of these current stars.