This Liverpool team will go down as one for the ages.
They are currently 22 points ahead at the top of the Premier League, and have already won 24 out of their 25 games so far in the competition. They are still unbeaten as well, and are also the European champions.
Whether they are the greatest team of the Premier League era is up for debate – some may say that Manchester United’s treble-winning team of 1998/99 would have something to say about that.
Steve McClaren clearly thinks the latter are the better of the two. When asked by Sky Sports how many of Liverpool’s players would get in to that legendary Red Devils team, he said that only Virgil van Dijk would make the cut.
This has got the Liverpool fans talking in big numbers, and many are not happy with his choice at all.
He’s the definition of a nostalgia merchant.
— Bennygerrard8 (@Bennygerrard8) February 12, 2020
— Kloppohaus (@avaqas) February 12, 2020
What a joke!!
— Hugo Oliveira (@oliveira_hugo7) February 12, 2020
He’s a dinosaur
— Mark Philips (@sadiomane14) February 12, 2020
It is no surprise that they are not happy with just one of their own represented – there is a little bias in there, of course, as McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant when that Red Devils side lifted the European crown.
A couple of fans, meanwhile, believe this is the reason why he is no longer in top-level management.
No wonder he failed as a manager
— Jimmy Sleepyfox (@jimmysleepyfox) February 12, 2020
Which is exactly why he is where he is in his career. He will forever be the wally with the brolly and an irrelevant waste of space. In a nutshell who cares?!!!
— Gerry Bishop (@GerryBishopMBE) February 12, 2020
Whilst he may not be a Champions League-winning manager, he has still had a good career in the game. As well as his achievements at United, he has also managed England and led FC Twente to the Eredivisie title.
Another couple of supporters took aversion to his selection of Gary Neville over Trent Alexander-Arnold in particular.
If Gary Neville was a modern day full back I dont think he would start for a top 6 side. No chance is he better that TAA.
— Jason Snyman (@mrjs134) February 12, 2020
Neville over Trent?
— Raihan (@RaihanMuhammadd) February 12, 2020
Alexander-Arnold is arguably the best right-back on the planet right now – he has the joint-most assists for Liverpool this season with 12, and he was the highest-ranked full-back in last year’s Ballon d’Or rankings – but Neville was part of a United team that dominated for years. The 21-year-old still has a long way to go to match his achievements.
But having seen their side win the Champions League last year, and now being on the verge of watching them lift the Premier League title in unbelievable fashion, you can forgive fans of the Merseyside outfit for believing McClaren’s joint XI is a little too one-sided.