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Is this Liverpool's best all-time European 11?

Chris Bascombe

Published 10/03/2016 | 08:26

Having won five European Cups and three Uefa Cup trophies, Liverpool are Britain's most successful club in Europe, but which players would make its all-time? Chris Bascombe picks his starting XI . . .

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Ray Clemence

Clemence’s three European Cup wins would be enough to secure his place, but he also redefined the art of goalkeeping as the ultimate ‘sweeper keeper’.

His legacy lives on across Europe . . . although sadly not at Anfield in recent times.

Alan Kennedy

The full-back for the big occasions. Kennedy scored the winning goals against Real Madrid in the Paris final in 1981, and then held his nerve to score the final decisive penalty to beat Roma in their own backyard in the 1984 European Cup final.

Jamie Carragher

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Carried his cramp-ridden body around Istanbul in 2005 to resist AC Milan in extra-time in arguably the most courageous performance of any Liverpool player. His semi-final performances against Chelsea were even better. He has the club record for European appearances.

Phil Thompson

How can we leave out Emlyn Hughes, who captained Liverpool to consecutive European Cups? Or Alan Hansen who won three? Thompson led his home-town team to European glory as skipper in 1981. It makes him part of a unique group and the romantic choice.

Phil Neal

Won four European Cups, and was also a goalscorer in two European Cup finals – 1977 and 1984. Neal is too often overlooked for his legendary feats at Anfield. At any other club he would be front of the queue when they talk about player statues.

Ray Kennedy

The player Bob Paisley claims he had to resist most bids for. Key goals against Saint-Étienne in 1977 and Bayern Munich in 1981 were foundations for ultimate European glory, and he also scored in the 1976 Uefa Cup final. Kennedy always delivered.

Graeme Souness

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Probably Liverpool’s greatest captain. The more daunting the continental away game, the better he played as Dinamo Bucharest and Roma discovered to their cost in 1984.There were some big games when Souness played and Liverpool actually lost, but it's hard to remember them,

Steven Gerrard

For 2005 against Olympiakos and AC Milan, Gerrard achieved in his mid-20s what many will never get close to in a career. Was to the 2005 Champions League what Diego Maradona is to the 1986 World Cup. Scored 41 European goals for club – more than anyone else.

Kevin Keegan

A Uefa Cup and European Cup winner for Liverpool. He ran German side Borussia Mönchengladbach ragged in Rome 1977 ahead of his move to the Bundesliga where his all action style probably invented the phrase ‘gegenpressing’.

Kenny Dalglish

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Scored the winner against Bruges at Wembley in the 1978 European Cup final with a glorious dink over goalkeeper Birger Jensen. One of the reasons Liverpool were the most feared side in Europe for so long.

Ian Rush

Rush was as prolific in Europe as he was at home when helping the club to the 1984 European Cup.  His double in the second leg of the semi-final away to Dinamo Bucharest — on a cabbage patch pitch — is considered one of his greatest performances.

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