GK – Ray Clemence (665 apps for LFC) – a dependable and reliable goalkeeper, Clemence also had great athleticism and distribution skills. A central part to both Shankly and Paisley sides in the 70s.
RB – Phil Neal (650 apps for LFC) – Neal played in Liverpool’s first five European Cup finals. A reliable defender, his appearance record a Liverpool shirt was incredible as he never missed a league game for the club during his spell at Anfield.
CB – Alan Hansen (620 apps for LFC) – A modern day centre back who was excellent on the ball and could also pass fantastically well for a defender. That wasn’t the only string to his bow though as he could tackle with the best of them and his great positional play made him a top class defender. His punditry work for the BBC demonstrates his attention to detail in defence.
CB – Ron Yeats (454 apps for LFC) – In contrast to Hansen, Scottish defender Yeats was a no nonsense defender. Brought in as a marquis signing to shore up the Reds defence and boost the side’s promotion prospects, Shankly gave Yeats the captain’s armband and he led the side to countless league successes. A frightening player for any striker to come up against.
LB – Alan Kennedy (359 apps for LFC) – Kennedy has contributed to two crucial moments in Liverpool’s history, not many can match that. He scored the fantastic winner to clinch the 1981 European Cup final against Real Madrid and scored the winning penalty in the 1984 final in Rome.
RW – Ian Callaghan (857 apps for LFC) – Started off as a flying winger, replacing the legendary Billy Liddell in the side. Went all the way from the second division with Shankly until playing in the 1977 European Cup final under Paisley. His long service and his crucial contributions to the team make him a legendary player in the club’s history.
CM – Graeme Souness (359 apps for LFC) – The Scot had everything as a midfield player, he could pass with the best of them, combining with others expertly in midfield while moving into space for another short pass. He was also a midfield enforcer; he had a strong tackle and was a player that no opposition player in their right mind would mess with.
CM – Steven Gerrard (516 apps for LFC) – A player who can do almost anything, Gerrard can pass, tackle and score. His vital goals against Olympiakos, in the Champions League Final in Istanbul, and his spectacular equaliser in the 2006 FA Cup final will live long in the memory. A captain who leads from the front and was the man to lift the European Cup for the fifth time in the club’s history
LW – John Barnes (407 apps for LFC) – Fantastic ball control, great speed, extraordinary balance and directness that frightened the life out of opposition defenders, Barnes typified the attacking football the Liverpool of the late 80s played. He scored and created goals with ease in a side which is widely heralded to be the most exciting Liverpool team in history.
ST – Ian Rush (660 apps for LFC) – Rush was born to score goals. Not only a goal poacher, Rush had great anticipation and was always in the right place at the right time. Quick feet and a bright mind, he was the ideal partner for Kenny Dalglish who could anticipate his runs and create fantastic opportunities for Rush to finish with unerring regularity.
ST – Kenny Dalglish (515 apps for LFC) – Generally and justifiably regarded as the greatest player in the club’s history, Dalglish was on a completely different level to most he played with and against. With fantastic creative vision, he could split open defences as well as being able to finish expertly himself. A fantastic all round player and turned out to be a great manager too.