"You'll Never Walk Alone": Liverpool's Best XI Of The Decade
To start, we could have gone back and remembered all the good and bad moments Liverpool has had during this 2000' decade; a decade that is closing more every day. But, you'll come to see their Best XI, right?
Here you have it (and don't worry, Gerrard is not slipping away from this one):
GK: Alisson Becker
What an absolute bargain Alisson has proven to be. The Brazilian is one of the best goalkeepers in the world as he won the Premier League Golden Glove in his first season with 21 clean sheets.
Pepe Reina is at least worthy of a mention, but the fans' favorite couldn't reach Alisson's level during his peak, never mind post-2010 (Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, who?)
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Who would have imagined this? Not only has Alexander-Arnold has set himself as a mainstay in the Liverpool XI across 3 seasons, but he's now the world's best right-back... And he's just 21! WTF!?
Again, it's worth tipping our hats to Glen Johnson (Ha, ha, ha, funny one), yet there's no debating that Alexander-Arnold has already outdone his predecessor (Not too hard, right?).
CB: Martin Skrtel
The first former Red in this team. Skrtel won the 2012 Liverpool Player of the Year award, chipped in with 7 goals during the 2013-14 campaign, and during his time at Anfield, the Slovak was an all-around warrior for 9 years. It's true that Joel Matip ran the Slovakian incredibly close but he just hasn't had the same impact on the club as a whole. At least for now...
CB: Virgil van Dijk
This was a too easy choice.
Van Dijk now looks like an absolute steal for £75 million, collected the PFA Player of the Year award after his first full season, and is now challenging Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the big awards. F***** incredible!
The 28-year-old scored against Merseyside rivals Everton on his debut, galvanized the Reds to Champions League glory and went an entire season without being dribbled past. We could go on for days. Of course, the Dutchman needed to be in this team... Duh!
LB: Andrew Robertson
An absolute masterstroke from Jurgen Klopp, the plucky Scott has been a revelation (just like Arnold) on Merseyside and is arguably the best left-back in the world. He was purchased for less than £10 million!?
Jon Flanagan, Jose Enrique, and Alberto Moreno were the other candidates for this role, however, this choice was as easy as the previous one. Seriously, who would pick Moreno for a Liverpool's Best XI of the Decade? Not me, that's for sure.
CDM: Jordan Henderson
This decision could have a few supporters searching for their pitchforks but trust, the infinitely-underrated Henderson is also one of the easiest picks in the team.
First and foremost, making 339 appearances across 8 years makes him ideal for this "Liverpool's team of the decade" and come on, the guy captained Liverpool to their 6th European title. Hendo, obviously, needed to be here.
CM & Captain: Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool legend was past his best when the new decade arrived, but Gerrard still gave the Anfield faithful five more years of memories and almost delivered a Premier League crown in the doomed 2013-14 campaign (Oh well...). During the 10 years in question, Gerrard was crowned the Premier League's top assist provider (2013-14), named in the PFA Team of the Year and won the League Cup.
CM: Philippe Coutinho
Even if he's not a "De Bruyne" or a "Pirlo", Coutinho was an absolute magician at his best, strolling into the team after making 201 appearances across 6 seasons, scoring 54 goals and 35 bagging Premier League assists in the process.
I was actually considering James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, but it was hard not to choose a player with such an astonishing attacking output. As for Fabinho, longevity simply hasn't been on his side.
RW: Mohamed Salah
Leaving out a player with two Premier League Golden Boots in as many seasons would be a crime, and Salah has proven to be an absolute bargain at just £37.8 million. The Egyptian superstar, who was in Ballon d'Or contention after his first year, became the 4th-fastest player in history to reach 50 Premier League goals behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole and the legendary Alan Shearer.
LW - Sadio Mané
On the other wing, one of the best players in the world at the moment, with a boasting goal-scoring record of 70 strikes in 140 games, Mané seems to be the 10,000th Klopp bargain in this remarkable XI.
Liverpool fans must have thought Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge would have been shoe-ins just 5 years ago, but boy, have Mané and Salah topped their Anfield achievements.
ST: Luis Suárez
Finally, few individual seasons can compare to Suárez's 2013-14, where he equaled the old Premier League record for most goals in a single campaign. He scored 82 times overall with the Reds. It was sad to leave Liverpool's current striker Roberto Firmino, but the statistics simply don't compare. However, the Brazilian could be well on course to make the next decade's perfect XI.