This is where you get to step into Rafa’s shiny slip-ons and pick Liverpool’s best starting line-up for this season. First up though, I’ll reveal my selection (based on the Pool’s squad at time of writing).
I meant to post this before the season started (duh), but horrible server gremlins meant I’ve had to wait until now.
This is the default team I would go with:
My XI (in a 4-2-3-1 formation):
Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher, Emiliano Insua
Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard
Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Aquilani, Yossi Benayoun
OK, the back five is easy to pick. Pepe is top-class. Glen Johnson looked great going forward against Stoke and is a clear upgrade on the solid-yet-unadventurous Arbeloa. Carragher and Skrtel make a solid pairing, although I think this is possibly Carra’s last season as an automatic choice. At left-back, Insua is lively and gets the nod over the uninspiring (uninspired?) Fabio Aurelio.
In midfield, the Xabi Alonso situation is crucial. As in, there is no Xabi Alonso. Rafa Benitez has