Graham Cummins picks his top three Liverpool players in Premier League era

Graham Cummins picks his top three Liverpool players in Premier League era
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal against Manchester City in 2013. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

THIS week, we’re going with Liverpool as our team to select their three most important players during the Premier League era.

Liverpool have never won the title in those 27-years but have won four League Cups, two FA Cups, two Champions leagues, the Europa League and the World Club Championship. Liverpool have had some greats through the years but the three that stand out for me are.

First up is Steven Gerrard, who is probably one of the all-time greats for Liverpool.

Gerrard began his Liverpool career as a right-back but developed into one of the best midfielders in the world. As well as being the most influential player for the club week-in-week-out, the former England international was everything a captain needed to be.

He inspired those playing alongside him and took responsibility when things weren’t going well on the pitch. His loyalty to the club ultimately cost him winning a title.

Had he joined Chelsea in 2005, he would have had a more decorated medal collection in his home but his decision not to join the Pensioners meant he was even more adored by the Liverpool supporters.

So much so that Gerrard is still a hero on Merseyside even after his infamous slip against Chelsea nine years later, which resulted in Liverpool missing out on the title that season.

The next player says he wants to be remembered as a Liverpool legend and having been only at the club for just over two years, he is well on his way to doing so.

Question marks were raised by the €85m, Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk but it has turned out to be a bargain. Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled defensively before the Dutch international’s arrival but Van Dijk changed the entire complexion of the team.

If it weren’t for van Dijk, Liverpool wouldn’t be European Champions and wouldn’t be on course to winning their first league title for 30 years so convincingly, if the league does resume.

The last player I have selected is a striker, and Liverpool have had plenty of exciting forwards in the modern era.

My choice though is Michael Owen.

Before his injuries, Owen was one of the best players in the world. He was blessed with exceptional pace and his skills were acknowledged when he won the Ballon d’Or in 2001.

Owen scored 158 goals during his Liverpool career and was a crucial member of the Liverpool treble-winning squad in 2001, scoring twice in the FA Cup final in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

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