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Current Reds trump my team of 1990 says Whelan


Ronnie Whelan. Photo: Getty

Ronnie Whelan. Photo: Getty

Ronnie Whelan. Photo: Getty

Who was the fairest of them all?

Liverpool fans of a certain age are already debating that topic, wondering how the last Liverpool side to win the top flight in England compares to the currenct one which has just ended a 30-year wait for the trophy.

Those fans can enjoy the luxury of having the debates: Grobbelaar or Alisson? Van Dijk or Hansen? Rush or Salah? Whelan or Henderson? Beardlsey or Firminho?

It's unfair to compare the two teams, today's game with a completely new look during the 90 minutes (there was still a backpass rule in 1990) while fitness, diet and preparation today is a world away from the 1990 side.

But one of those involved last time has no doubts about superiority.

"We had a good team in 1990 but this team will go down as one of the greatest teams Liverpool have had, Ronnie Whelan told RTÉ Sport.

"Champions League last year, World Club champions, today's magnificent team, they deserve everything they've got this season.

"I'm absolutely delighted, throughout the season Liverpool have been magnificent.

"When you get a team like that who play such good football, attacking football, defensive football, they deserved to win the league so I am really delighted. They are a great team."

Whelan won 18 medals in his time at Anfield, including the Charity Shield, and the title win in 1990 would be his sixth, and last success, at league level.

Whelan was close to then boss Kenny Dalglish and they remain frieds but for the Finglas man, the current boss at Anfield is in a league of his own.

"The difference this time is you've got a great manager and also you've got great players, but a great manager has bought these players, Whelan added.

"And a lot of the time we didn't believe that the players he was bringing in were going to make Liverpool a great team but he has and I think everybody really trusts in Jurgen Klopp now.

"He was the man who came in and found these players and everybody went with him. The fans are now right behind him but it's all down to the manager for me."

Whelan remained at Anfield for another four seasons after that 1990 success, but the decline was setting in.

Liverpool finished second in 1990/91, followed by two sixth-place finishes and in the Dubliner's last season as a Red, the team could finish no higher than eighth, and at the end of that term, Whelan was gone, along with fellow stalwart Grobbelaar.