The left-back scored two European Cup winning goals – need I say more? It was obvious this shortlist would contain a left-back and given there’s been very few who have made the position their own in the Premier League era, it’s no surprise I went for a solid performer of the past. John Arne Riise is perhaps the best left-back Liverpool have had since the turn of the Millennium and was a close contender but Kennedy was part of one of the greatest Reds squads of all time and still stood out from the crowd.
Not many full-backs can boast about scoring in a European final but this guy can twice so his pedigree speaks for itself. Most Liverpool fans would be happy with a number of ex-LFC left-backs given Moreno’s current poor form but Kennedy would be a luxury.
Liverpool have tightened up their centre-back options slightly this summer but they still look really shaky in defence. The team is crying out for a leader and a vocal, senior figure and there weren’t many as good as Sami Hyypia. The former Reds captain was the talisman before Steven Gerrard came through the ranks and his partnership with Stephane Henchoz turned Liverpool’s defence into one of the best in Europe. In his prime, he was one of the best centre-backs around and he’d add direction and experience to this Liverpool squad. Like Carragher and Gerrard, he’s one of the few in the modern era to win every major honour possible with the club except that elusive Premier League title.
It was a toss up between Javier Mascherano and Dietmar Hamann but the German midfielder comes out on top simply because of his influence in some of Liverpool’s greatest victories of the Premier League era. His arrival on the 2005 Champions League final was instrumental to the famous comeback and he made a similar influence on the 2006 FA Cup final.
Hamann was the perfect protection for Liverpool’s back four and playing in a deep role, ensured the likes of Steven Gerrard were able to roam the midfield with more freedom. He was a no-nonsense, hard-tackling midfielder who showed discipline and ruthlessness at the same time. His qualities would be greatly appreciated by fans of today’s squad who believe Liverpool still lack a necessary defensive midfielder.
Klopp’s resisted spending big this summer but it’s still hard to comprehend why he didn’t bring in a DM, as well as a new LB so Hamann would be the perfect ex-Red to slot into the empty role. He was perhaps one of the most underrated players in 2005 but he’d certainly stand out from the crowd in today’s squad.
Liverpool’s greatest ever goal-scorer; a feat few have come close to reaching. If we can’t patch up the defence, why not take Brendan Rodgers’ approach of 2013-14 and simply score more goals than the opposition can. Ian Rush is the best there is at scoring goals and though Robbie Fowler was a close substitute, it was deemed criminal to leave out the club’s number one scorer. There was more to Rush than just goals though. He was quick, could press really high and had a golden touch – attributes which wouldn’t go a miss in today’s squad either.
Arguably Liverpool greatest goal-keeper, Ray Clemence will forever be remembered as one of the best the English top flight has ever seen. He was another of Bill Shankly’s signings that went on to generate legendary status after winning multiple league and European titles under Bob Paisley. Simon Mignolet has failed to live up to expectations thus far at Liverpool and his inconsistencies in goal went some way to encouraging Klopp to sign Lloris Karius this summer. The new addition will provide competition and fans hope the former Mainz goalkeeper will sure things up at the back but nobody would’ve turned down Ray Clemence if he turned up at Melwood.