Liverpool’s all-time underrated PL XI: including Champions League hero and Danny Murphy

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In the week when Philippe Coutinho was included in the PFA Team of the Year for his many fantastic displays for us, this is a chance to acknowledge some of the players that never quite got the credit they deserved.

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Since the beginning of the Premier League, we may not have won the title, but we have collected plenty of honours along the way, and yet many of these men have been forgotten, ridiculed, or discarded by the rest of the footballing world.

So here is an XI that – despite what we knew – was underrated by many, and on many occasions to their own cost.

GK- Jerzy Dudek

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The Polish stopper did make a couple of mistake during his time with us, but his heroic performance in Istanbul a decade ago will go down as one of the greatest goalkeeping displays in a penalty shootout. Plus, his save in extra-time from Andriy Shevchenko – while he knew little about it – was one of the most incredible moments in a breathtaking Champions League final.

RB- Steve Finnan

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There weren’t many people you could rely on more to put in a consistent, battling display than Steve Finnan. The Republic of Ireland international spent five years on Merseyside, and made nearly 150 Premier League appearances for us.

CB- Stephane Henchoz

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The Swiss defender featured for four British clubs, but enjoyed his most successful time at Anfield. Alongside Sami Hyypia, he formed a formidable defensive partnership, which helped us to the cup treble in 2001.

CB- Sami Hyypia

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He may be a legend to us, but somehow Sami Hyypia never appeared to get the credit he deserved. He made the PFA Team of the Year twice, but should certainly be considered one of the best defenders to have ever graced the Premier League.

LB- Stig Inge Bjornebye


Like Hyypia, the Norwegian was another who made the Team of the Year. His recognition came in 1997, as he helped us mount a decent attempt at the title. We came fourth, but finished level on points with the two teams – Arsenal and Newcastle – ahead of us. We conceded less goals than both sides in the top two.

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