In last Saturday’s legends game between Rangers and the Reds it was a glorious opportunity for supporters to see retired players from the past whom they can remember from their childhoods.
Not only was it a great chance to see some club related football during the tedious international break, but also a chance to see the likes of Gerrard, Carragher and co in the red of Liverpool where they shone in their illustrious careers.
Saying that there were some other names that brought back fond memories and players who were immensely popular back in their hay day. Excluding the obvious, I’m going to look back at five players who every Liverpool supporter loved and are always happy to see back in the shirt on such occasions as a legends game. Sorry Michael Owen…
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You’ll struggle to find a more popular figure than our very own Dutch workhorse Dirk Kuyt. He didn’t have the flash of Dennis Bergkamp or the pace and trickery of Arjen Robben — but Kuyt had the respect of the supporters, something Liverpool fans bestow upon everyone.
The Dutchman made over 200 hundred appearances for the club across a six-year spell in which he helped us win the 2012 League Cup. He was roundly praised for his tireless work rate and desire to chase everything down from start to finished.
He also had a knack of scoring on the big occasions. One of the most memorable was his hat-trick against Manchester United in 2011 where he scored one of the simplest hat-tricks you’ll ever see, but he did what all good strikers do and was in the right place at the right time.
Picking Kuyt up for just £9million was a sensational piece of business, and replacing him proved quite difficult.
Although he may not go down as a club legend he was certainly one of the best left backs the Reds have had in the last decade. The talented Spaniard was brought to the club from Newcastle United by Kenny Dalglish and he proved to be worth every penny of the £7m they paid for him, in stark contrast to previous Newcastle import Andy Carroll.
An outstanding debut season made us think we’d solved our left back problem but he ended up making just 99 appearances for the club through an injury-hit five years. A similar story to that of Fábio Aurelio who also was heavily hit by injury.
Although his Liverpool career ended up petering out due to a mixture of injury and failing to make the necessary impression on Jürgen Klopp he was a loyal servant of the club and will always be a popular figure among the Anfield faithful.
A man who bleeds Liverpool red, there’s little that hasn’t been been said about Luis García. From his ghost goal against Chelsea to lifting the Champions League in Istanbul the Spaniard embedded himself into the hearts of Liverpool fans despite only being at the club three seasons.
The attacking midfielder clocked up over 120 appearances scoring 30 times. His goal against Chelsea will live long in the memory of many as well as his winner against Everton in the derby in 2005. He also played a major role in getting us to Istanbul with five goals along the way.
Although his departure saddened many his move away cleared the pathway for Fernando Torres to head to Merseyside and we know what happened next with regards to him. Now playing on a regular basis for the Liverpool legends it’s always good to see Luis back in red.
Despite not actually being involved on Saturday, Daniel Agger is normally a permanent fixture in the Liverpool legends side since his retirement in 2016. He is a centre-back that we struggled to replace after he spent eight years at Anfield.
Again similar to Enrique his time with us was hit by injuries but the Dane did make over 230 appearances for the club but feel it should have been more. I remember sitting in Anfield watching Agger play for the Legends against both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and thinking this guy should still be in our first-team.
A player unfortunately destroyed by injuries but as a youngster growing up always one of my personal favourites. A man who displays his love for the club by having YNWA tattooed on his fingers is equally adored by the supporters. They’ll always fondly remember “Dagger”.
A exceptional goalkeeper that will go down as a Liverpool legend for his phenomenal performance in Istanbul, where his heroics in the penalty shoot-out won us the Champions League for the fifth time.
A fantastic performer who kept us in numerous games for well over five years did eventually lose his place in the team to Pepe Reina, who I believe was a fitting replacement of someone of Dudek’s quality.
Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite memory of Dudek was his exceptional double save from Shevchenko in the 2005 final. It was so good to see it voted the greatest Champions League moment of all time, although I’m sure Gini and Divock will have say something about that after last season.
So there you have it. Five players I personally love to see pull on the red of Liverpool every time they play for the legends. Truthfully I could’ve named a full XI but I didn’t want to bore you all to death with reminiscing. Personally I’m begging the legends to get Fernando Torres involved in future fixtures.