There’s some brilliant, and some slightly less brilliant footballers making up this XI, Reds.
All of them have played first-team football for Liverpool, and all come from South America.
GK) Diego Cavalieri
Two years at Anfield for the Brazilian international, who cost £3m in 2008. Zero Premier League appearances, sadly! This was because of Pepe Reina between the sticks. We also signed Brazilian stopper Doni, who played four times between 2011 and 2013.
DR) Emiliano Insua
Naturally a left-back, Insua played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, and won his first international cap for Argentina at the time. He’s actually still only 26-years-old, and is spending the season on loan from Atletico Madrid at La Liga rival Rayo Vallecano. Best remembered for a brilliant goal versus Arsenal in the League Cup.
DL) Fabio Aurelio
The best South American defender we’ve ever had – Aurelio would be even more highly regarded had injuries not decimated his Liverpool stint. Played a key role in our title charge in 2008/09, scoring a wonderful freekick in the Old Trafford demolition of Manchester United.
DC) Sebastian Coates
Still a Liverpool player, but the giant Uruguayan won’t be for much longer. Coates’s contract is up this summer, and his uninspiring loan spell at relegation threatened Sunderland proves he won’t make the grade at Anfield. We’ll still think fondly of his QPR wondergoal, of course.
DC) Mauricio Pellegrino
Remember this guy? Having been frozen out at Valencia, Benitez decided to offer the ageing Argentine a six-month contract in 2005. His lack of pace was simply too dangerous in the Premier League though, and he made just the 12 appearances before heading back to Spain.