Interesting thought from looking at the perennially awful Garth Crooks Team of the Week on the Beeb’s Web site. What would a team comprising players from the big four clubs look like and how many Liverpool players would make the grade?
My big four XI (playing a standard 4-4-2):
CK – Cech (Chelsea)
RB – Finnan (Liverpool)
CB – Carragher (Liverpool)
CB – Vidic (Man Utd)
LB – Riise (Liverpool) **Edit - I clearly forgot about Clichy who's having a storming season. I'll put the Arsenal youngster in there instead of Riise**
RW – Cronaldo (Man Utd)
CM – Fabregas (Arsenal)
CM – Gerrard (Liverpool)
LW – Rosicky (Arsenal)
CF – Drogba (Chelsea)
CF – Torres (Liverpool)
A lot of ‘Pool players in there. I’d be willing to swap Clichy (see above) for Riise (Liverpool) or even Ashley Cole (Chelsea) if he wasn’t such an odious individual. Vidic just gets the shout over Terry (Chelsea) to partner Carragher as those two are a little too similar. I don’t think you can argue with the amount of Liverpool players in the back four, especially if you consider the amount of clean sheets over the last two and a bit seasons…not forgetting we haven’t conceded a goal that hasn’t been a penalty this season – in all competitions I believe.
In midfield, it’s well established that Gerrard and Lampard (Chelsea) can’t play together and that Gerrard is a far better, more *ahem* rounded player than Lampard so Fabregas gets the nod. I love what that pairing brings to my team – pace, guile, power, goals, passion and creativity. Perhaps Rafa can spend a few quid and get the little Spaniard…
The only other position of controversy is, I think, the left wing berth. Both Rosicky and Malouda (Chelsea) would do a great job but after I’ve gone for the Little Mozart out of personal preference and the fact I really dislike Chelsea.
How would your team look?