Former skipper Phil Thompson has lauded John Barnes ahead of Liverpool’s match with Watford at the weekend.
Barnes has the honour of being including in both clubs’ All-Time XIs, and is widely recognised as the best Hornet ever.
And on top of his Watford achievements, Thompson reckons that only two Liverpool players have ever bettered our spellbinding ex-winger.
“For me he was one of the best three players ever to play for Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard, which is high praise given the great players we’ve had,” he told Sky Sports.
Dalglish and Gerrard are automatic spots for no.1 and no.2, in whichever order you decide, but the next man on the podium is very much up for debate.
Thompson rates Barnes over Ian Rush, Alan Hansen, Robbie Fowler – high praise indeed. The Jamaican born flyer was voted in at at no.7 in 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, but rightly we think, Thompson has him above Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher, Rush and Fowler…
Barnes signed for Watford in 1981 as a teenager, and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club then owned by Elton John, before Liverpool secured him in 1987. He spent a decade with us before signing for Newcastle, and retiring after a short spell at Charlton.