Dalglish's title-winning & Klopp's title-competing Liverpools combined XI
As Liverpool are fighting for their first domestic league trophy in almost 30 years, Tribuna.com take a look at our current players, at those who won the last accolade of the kind in 1989/90 and try to make up the best-combined XI of Jurgen Klopp's and Kenny Dalglish's sides.
This season Liverpool are on the verge of something special. In fact, the Reds are in a position to win the Premier League for the first time in their history and to claim the English domestic league top-flight trophy on the first occasion since the season 1989/90. However, who of the last Anfield champions could fit in Jurgen Klopp's side or, on the opposite, - who of the today's Liverpool could have been crowned with Kenny Dalglish's team?
GK: Bruce Grobbelaar
This is actually quite a tough one. Alisson Becker is often compared to the reckless South African, however, the Brazilian goalie, even if he might prove to be the better goalkeeper, is yet to achieve at least a tenth part of what the flamboyant shot-stopper managed during his 13-year Anfield career.
RB: Steve Nicol
With due respect to Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Englishman is yet a rising star rather than a club's trusted servant. 13-year-old Anfield career, a bunch of trophies and a great full-back, centre-back, midfield - anything - display seal the deal here.
CB: Virgil van Dijk
Not much to say here. The Dutchman is one of the finest centre-halves in the world, the best one in the Premier League, the Reds' most important player. It would be a sacrilege to exclude the colossus from the XI.
CB: Alan Hansen
One of the best centre-backs in the club's history, perhaps, even in the English top-flight history. 23 trophies with Liverpool and 31 great games in the 1989/90 championship season.
LB: Andrew Robertson
This man is an improved version of a previous epoch's player. A gentleman, a hard-worker, a fighter - Robbo raised from the bottom, has almost reached the top and doesn't even think of stopping. The best left-back in the league.
DM: Georginho Wijnaldum
The Dutch midfielder seems to be developing in every game he plays. And yet he might be named the most consistent player at Liverpool of 2018, or at least, of the second half of the year. The magician's ability to distribute the ball and to control the tempo in the midfield is something from a different planet.
DM: Ronnie Whelan
The Irishman was a centre of the Reds' success of those years. In 6 consecutive First Division seasons, Ronnie played at least 28 games. The 1989/90 season was one of the best and arguably the last world-class term from Whelan, however, it were his vital goals and crucial presence that brought the Reds the title.
RW: Mohamed Salah
The record-breaking Egyptian has kept up his dominance from the last term and even stepped up a bit at this point. Being able to play both a winger and a striker, the 26-year-old is everything you want - a dribbler, a leader, and a goal-machine.
CAM: John Barnes
Obviously, the Jamaica-born attacker is naturally a left winger. However, it would be hard to exclude Sadio Mane from the list, thus, the Englishman is presented here as an attacking midfielder which is not that far from the truth. Anyway, 22 goals and a well-deserved trophy for the Reds earned Barnes the Player of the Year accolade in 1989/90. That season, John was the best player in England by far, indeed.
LW: Sadio Mane
There's simply no stopping the Senegal international on his day. The winger has everything: pace, dribbling, shooting ability and when he wants to, high football intelligence. The beginning of the new season might not be Sadio's best, however, the 26-year-old was exceptional last term and will certainly keep it up later on.
ST: Ian Rush
Record FA Cup Final goalscorer, joint record League Cup goalscorer, the first player to pick up 5 League Cup winners medals, record Liverpool goalscorer... Is there any doubt Ian Rush HAS to be here, even if it means moving some other players to unnatural spots? The striker had a hell of a season in 1989/90, having scored 18 goals in the league and 8 more in the rest of the tournaments.
The XI in full: