It always fills me with pride when the great Liverpool team I was a part of in the 1987/88 season is recognised by seasoned observers of the game as one of the best ever seen in English football.
From back to front, the team pieced together by manager Kenny Dalglish was a class apart from any side in the First Division and it was such a shame that we didn't get the chance to test ourselves in the European Cup due to the UEFA ban on English teams.
A little like Jurgen Klopp's current Liverpool team, we stormed through the league and virtually had it won before we lost our first game at Everton on March 20, with the comfort we had in the title race affecting our focus in the final weeks of the season.
Maintaining a level of consistency when you are so far ahead at the top of the table is not easy and that may explain why Klopp's side have dipped in recent weeks – as they went out of the FA Cup and Champions League, as well as losing their first Premier League game at Watford.
We had a similar problem back in 1988 and as we went into the FA Cup final against Wimbledon, our performance levels had dropped as we had switched off a little in the run-up to that game at Wembley.
I remember drawing at Norwich and Chelsea and failing to beat Southampton and Luton at Anfield, with those results all down to the fact that the league was in the bag long before we confirmed the title was ours.
Then we got to the FA Cup final and again, we struggled to flick the switch and blow away a Wimbledon team that would not have got anywhere near us, if we were even close to our best.
My penalty miss influenced the outcome of the final, but a lot of our best players were not firing on the day and we paid the ultimate price as we were beaten in one of the biggest FA Cup upsets of all time.
Despite the Wembley defeat, that was a great Liverpool team and our famous 5-0 demolition of Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest was as close to a perfect performance as you will see from any team.
Forest had beaten us a few weeks earlier and we went out there with a point to prove, as John Barnes turned on the style and we clicked through the gears and could have beaten them by seven or eight.
The current Liverpool team have had displays like that in the last couple of years and the 4-0 win at Leicester in December stood out for me as a night when they confirmed they were champions-in-waiting against one of their nearest rivals.
Yet, how many members of the 1988 title-winning Liverpool team would get into Klopp's current line-up?
Picking a dream team from these two great sides is no easy task, but this is what I have come up with:
Goalkeeper – Alisson Becker
Bruce Grobbelaar was a fantastic keeper and he is still a great friend, but I don’t think there was a moment in his career when he was considered to be the best keeper in the world.
That is the status Alisson Becker holds right now as he is an immaculate performer and if he was in goal for the Atletico Madrid game last week (yes, that was only last week!) Liverpool may still be in the Champions League now.
Centre-backs – Virgil van Dijk, Alan Hansen
Finding a regular partner for Van Dijk is one of the last remaining pieces of the jigsaw for Jurgen Klopp, and while I believe Joe Gomez could be that man, injuries have affected him in the last couple of seasons.
So, I had no hesitation in putting the great Alan Hansen in next to Van Dijk on this dream team, as he was a masterful centre-back who proved himself over an extended period at Liverpool.
Full-backs – Steve Nicol, Andy Robertson
This was a tough selection because I have huge admiration for Trent Alexander-Arnold and in a few years time, he might knock my old pal Stevie out of this team.
Trent is a young man who has only had two seasons at the top level, while Nicol confirmed his class over a much longer period.
I'm playing Nicol at right-back – even though he played on the left side of the defence for the 1988 team, as we didn’t have a natural player for that position – so that means Robertson gets the nod at left-back.
Midfield – Ray Houghton, Jordan Henderson, Ronnie Whelan
Klopp has a highly effective and hard-working midfield with his current team, but we had a little more class in that area of the field with Ray and Ronnie.
I played with Ray at Oxford before we went to Liverpool together and we had a great time together in the Ireland team. It was also a privilege to play with Ronnie for club and country as he was a class act.
Forwards – John Barnes, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah
Barnes was the first name on my team-sheet as he was, undoubtedly, the finest player I played with.
He oozed class and was a joy for any striker to work with, as his wonderful crosses and intelligent passing were a few steps ahead of the rest.
Mane and Salah have to get into the team as they are a deadly duo and their scoring exploits over the last couple of seasons is the primary reason why Liverpool are winning so many trophies.
On the bench – Bruce Grobbelaar, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Steve McMahon, Peter Beardsley
We were only allowed two substitutes back in 1988 and that’s one reason why the current Liverpool squad is so much stronger than our team was.
Football has changed and the days of going through a season using 14 or 15 players are gone, so plenty of the current Liverpool squad could get onto a substitutes bench, but I would still find space for McMahon and Beardsley as they were brilliant performers.
Manager – Jurgen Klopp
Picking the manager of this dream team is a pretty straight forward task – and it has to be Klopp.
While my old boss Kenny Dalglish is a gold-plated Liverpool legend, Klopp has had to build his current team of champions from scratch and the mark of any good manager is how they improve players.
When I look at Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, they are on a completely different level thanks to the work Klopp and his coaching staff have put in.
The toughest part of this selection was leaving players out and when you consider that only ten of us in that 1987/88 season played 30 games or more, it is clear that the squad system we have today was not part of the game back then.
Gary Gillespie was a key player in that campaign for us as he played 35 times and Nigel Spackman was another useful performer with 27 appearances.
Mark Lawrenson was still part of our squad and I'd also put in a mention for Gary Ablett, who was a fine player and it was so sad to see him pass away when he was just 46.
I would love to have played in this team, as it would have been a strikers' dream.