Liverpool’s most under-appreciated XI of the PL era – agree?

Liverpool have spent nearly £800million on transfers since the inauguration of the Premier League back in 1993, making one of the highest spending English clubs in history.

Amongst that astronomical figure, there was been good, and of course, there has been bad. From Luis Suarez to Andy Carroll and from Xabi Alonso to Salif Diao, the Merseyside club’s spending has stretched to almost all corners of the globe and certainly been a huge factor in the club’s success over the past two decades.

Despite those who have arrived at Anfield over the years not being able to help Liverpool win their first ever Premier League title, success has still been there, albeit somewhat eratic.

Since 1993 the club have won 12 major trophies, including two FA Cup’s, a Europa League and of course a famous Champion’s League victory back in 2005.

When thinking of the greats of the Premier League era, Liverpool fans will think Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Xabi Alonso. But there are those who have helped along the way yet have gone more so without gratitude than maybe they deserved.

FFC share’s it most under-appreciated XI of the Premier League era ……

GK – Pepe Reina

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina

Loaned to Napoli in 2013, then sold to Bayern Munich the next year, Reina’s departure was unexpected.

While Liverpool fans certainly appreciate his service, many forget just how good of a keeper the Spaniard was, having won the Golden Glove award for three consecutive seasons.

RB – Glen Johnson

Let Johnson off the Leash

Perhaps best remembered for his one-off wonder goals, Johnson was a solid addition to Liverpool’s squad back in 2009, and provided brilliant service both going back and going forward out wide.

CB – Martin Srktel

Skrtel

Skrtel seems set for an Anfield departure this summer after nine seasons at the club. Whilst he has only won one major trophy during that time, the Slovak was part of the 2008/09 and 2013/14 squads that finished second in the Premier League. A real warrior at centre half.

CB – Stephane Hanchez

Henchoz

Henchoz’s formidable partnership with Sami Hyypia turned Liverpool’s defence from laughable to one of the most formidable in Europe.

While maybe not as elegant or gifted as his Finnish counterpart, Henchoz was defensively sound and tactically astute.

LB – Alvaro Arbeloa

Arbeloa

Typically a right back but for the sake of this XI, now a left back.

Arbeloa recently left Real Madrid with a heroes send-off, and was hailed by Jose Mourinho as the ‘most important player’ he has ever worked with.

Arbeloa went about his business quietly but efficiently.

RM – Maxi Rodriguez

MAxi

Some would consider Rodriguez a flop during his time at Anfield following his unpredictable form for the Red’s, however the Argentine showed glimpses of his undoubted ability throughout his tenure with the club, a highlight seven goals in two weeks towards to end of the Dalgliesh reign.

CM – Didi Hamann

Dietmar Hamann – Bolton Wanderers

The quiet holding midfielder was a key cog in the Liverpool machine that won both the Europa and Champions League, as well as numerous other accolades between 1999 and 2006.

The German was calm, collected, and excellent with the ball, but was criticised for his lack of ‘impact’.

CM – Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy

Technically fantastic and a terrific goalscorer from midfield, Murphy was one of the few English players at Liverpool over the years who would have been suited to football on the continent. 44 goals in five seasons is a brilliant return from the middle of the park.

LM – Jermaine Pennant

Jermain Pennant

Pennant’s off the field antics – including an eight week jail sentence and drink driving convictions –  overshadowed his ability on the pitch.

While he should have scored more goals during his time at Anfield, the Englishman was still a potent attacking threat and was more than happy to take on defenders.

ST – Christian Benteke

Benteke3

The Belgian can consider himself hard done by if he is indeed to leave Anfield this summer after just one season with the club.

Ten goals in a limited amount of game time, including a fabulous overhead kick against Manchester United, was not a bad return and Benteke was used as a scapegoat late into the Brendan Rodger’s era thanks to his hefty price tag.

ST – Dirk Kuyt

1 – Man City 2-3 Liverpool (2008/09)

Maybe it was because he was signed as a goalscoring striker and adapted his game to play in a more supportive role, but Kuyt perhaps defines under-rated, especially when it comes to Anfield.

Always one for the big occasion, the Dutchman had a tireless work out and was an ever-present figure in Liverpool’s front line and midfield

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