Liverpool’s best XI to feature from 2010 to 2019, amidst the golden period we look at the side which could have been the greatest in this decade.
Liverpool had its own rough days before it became the European champions this year. In 2013, nobody would have thought about Liverpool winning it later in this decade, as it used to be sufficient for them to enter into top-4.
Despite the rough phase, Liverpool managed to attract some quality players and the Reds gave them the chance to bloom and many remained loyal in the tough phase.
The Kopites have been unfortunate throughout the Premier League era since in the three decades they have not managed to win the title even once even though they came very close in winning it past few occasions.
Last season also Liverpool lost the league by 1 point and recorded the highest number of points for a runner up after securing 97 points on the table. Though, the season ended well for Liverpool as they won the prestigious Champions League in the end.
6 months later, Liverpool has the best chance to win the league than ever before, as Jurgen Klopp’s contingent is at the top of the table with 8 points clear from Chelse and Leicester City.
Further, with the squad Liverpool has right now, many are regarding them as the best team in Europe currently. Thus, amidst the golden era let’s look at Liverpool’s team of the decade.
Liverpool’s best XI from 2010-2019
Alison Becker (Goalkeeper): The costliest goalkeeper in Liverpool’s history turned out to be worth the money, as his shot-blocking ability and positioning sense gave a massive upgrade to Liverpool over Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. His closest rival in this lineup would be Pepe Reina, but even he faded by the start of the decade.
Trent Alexander Arnold (Right back): The offensive fullback has the Guinness world record to his name for the most number of assists last season by a defender in a league. In a very short time, Alexander Arnold became a crucial member of Liverpool’s squad and it doesn’t seem anybody is close to him at this position considering the decade.
Joel Matip (Centre back): Matip is probably a pick due to lack of quality in Liverpool’s defence in this decade. Moreover, Jamie Carragher was a Liverpool legend but by the time the 2010s entered he was very near to his retirement. Hence, giving Matip a clear way. Not to forget, this is Liverpool’s best defence in 20 years and Matip is a key figure in the backline.
Virgil Van Dijk (Centre back): Currently the best defender in the world, Van Dijk was all Liverpool needed all these years at the back. He has certainly raised the bar of Liverpool’s defence to many notches higher.
Andrew Robertson (Left-back): There’s no denial over Robertson’s ability and how much creativity the Scottish brings to the Reds. One can also argue that he is the best left-back in the world along with Jordi Alba, where the Kop is leading the race against the Spaniard this season.
Steven Gerrard (centre midfield): The greatest captain for Liverpool in the Premier League era, and the player which single-handedly kept the Liverpool alive during the rough phase until the player left for the major league soccer. He is also regarded as one of the best English midfielders of all time.
Fabinho (centre midfield): Fabhino had a rough start to his Liverpool career, where Jurgen Klopp made him wait for regular appearances and fans doubted his worth. But the Brazilian came out as a great revelation later and became an integral part of Klopp’s system.
Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfielder): Coutinho is undoubtedly a great talent but couldn’t cement himself into the golden period of Liverpool, as he found his desires in Barcelona, over where he, unfortunately, had an underwhelming stint. Now, plying his trade at Bayern Munich, Coutinho was someone who could have made this Liverpool team much better with his presence, as admitted by Klopp last season.
Mohamed Salah (right-wing): Salah is the Egyptian king for Liverpool fans, and is regarded as the best player in the current team. His attacking flair has made him the primary scorer at Liverpool and undoubtedly the key figure in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph.
Luis Suarez (striker): Suarez is undoubtedly the best striker Liverpool had in the last decade. His monstrous performances in 2013/14 almost made Liverpool title. That season is argued to be the best individual season by any player in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane (left-wing): Mane turned out to be a brilliant signing by Klopp as the player has managed to win a golden boot last season along with Salah and Pierre Emrick Aubameyang. Senegalese International is an integral part of Liverpool’s current team and in the race to win this season’s Premier League title.