If you were told that Jamie Carragher had picked his all-time combined Liverpool and Manchester United side, the first player you would expect to be included would be Steven Gerrard. Think again.
Not only did Carragher not include his Liverpool captain, he also failed to include any of his Liverpool teammates. He was choosing his team as part of a feature in the Daily Mail ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League tie with United.
Carragher also had a zing for any player who has played at left-back for Liverpool, choosing Denis Irwin instead
‘Liverpool have never really had a great left back so I went for Denis Irwin, and I couldn’t pick Gary Neville at right back,’ Carragher said.
He also had a difficult decision over the centre-backs:
‘I was agonising over my second centre half alongside Alan Hansen. It came down to Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Emlyn Hughes or Mark Lawrenson… seeing as I couldn’t pick myself! Rio’s too similar to Hansen and despite Vidic always being a very tough opponent of mine, I went for Lawro, which made it six Liverpool players to United’s five.’
Rather than Gerrard in central midfield, Carragher went for Graeme Souness and Bobby Charlton.
Here is the team in full: Schmeichel, Irwin, Neal, Lawrenson, Hansen, Souness, Charlton, Ronaldo, Best, Dalglish, Rush.
Souness is doing an awful lot of work in that midfield.