Is there anyone you’d have rather seen in this side?
The cult-hero… A footballing figure, that for some reason, is enormously loved at a club regardless of his (occasionally limited) ability!
There’s no science behind becoming a cult-hero at a football club. Ability is an afterthought in earning the title, behind traits such as passion, work-rate, like-ability, funniness of name and the odd defining moment of brilliance.
This cult-hero Liverpool Premier League XI is made of players who all had at least one of these characteristics in abundance!
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GK) Jerzey Dudek
Dudek was a pretty good keeper for Liverpool, but he’ll forever be remembered for his heroics in the final 15 minutes of the Champions League final in 2005. First he made a jaw-dropping point blank save from Andriy Shevchenko, before embarking on the wobbly legs routine to win us the shoot-out, and confirm the greatest night in our history.
DR) Marcus Babbel
The likeable German was a key part of our side in 2001, who under Gerard Houllier, won five trophies in a single year. He was an excellent right-back, playing for the national side, and Bayern Munich previously. His career was decimated by contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome, and he was never the same player after he recovered, but is fondly remembered as perhaps our most talented right-back of the Premier League era.
DL) John Arne Riise
Any Liverpool defender who scores a thunderbolt freekick against Manchester United is destined to go down in folklore. As well as that particularly sublime Riise moment, the Norwegian scored 30 goals for us, which is a phenomenal record for a fullback over seven seasons.
DC) Djimi Traore
Djimi Traore has won more European Cups than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Buffon and Arsenal football club, and we love him for it. Scorer of the most embarrassing own goal in Liverpool history, Traore will always be remembered as a pretty diabolical, but loveable, defender! He usually played at left-back, but we couldn’t leave him out.
DC) Daniel Agger
Covered in Liverpool tattoos, the Great Dane ended his stint on Merseyside last summer, when we allowed him to join boyhood club Brondby for a minimal fee as a thank you for his loyal service since signing in 2006. At his peak, Agger was wanted by Barcelona and countless other European behemoths – but he chose to ignore the money and the chance of guaranteed Champions League football to play for Liverpool. As a result, he’ll always be welcomed back to Anfield with open arms.