We could all use some levity these days. And when things were darkest for Liverpool out on the pitch, way back circa 2012, we got one of the most memorable posts ever for the site, and one that helped brighten the mood for many. So in that vein, I give you my entirely scientific assessment of Liverpool players as sea creatures. Because why not.
Virgil van Dijk / Giant Squid
Massive, and extremely rare. These colossus of the deep are believed to be fearsome predators. The stuff of legends.
Joe Gomez / Cuttlefish
A smaller squid, but known to be lightning fast. Cuttlefish move fastest when moving backwards, just like JoeGo getting back to cover an attack.
Fabinho / Green Moray Eel
Not the easiest on the eyes at first, these eels are very protective of their lairs tucked in amongst the corals and rocks. When they come out, however, there is a languid grace to their movements.
Naby Keita / Box Jellyfish
Small, deadly in tight spaces. They are also quite fragile.
Roberto Firmino / Parrotfish
The first thing you notice are the teeth. Parrotfish are the ultimate grinders, literally grinding away at corals. Fantastic work rate. While hard workers, they are also quite colorful and flashy.
Sadio Mane / Clymene Dolphin
Also known as the Senegal Dolphin, these small but robust creatures are extremely intelligent and acrobatic.
Mohamed Salah / Mako Shark
The fastest shark species, reaching speeds up to 46 mph/74 kmh. These sharks are high volume eaters.
Dejan Lovren / Remora
Best brates with sharks, these fish attach themselves to sharks and eat parasites and dead skin.
James Milner / Coelacanth
Known as a living fossil, these fish are the ultimate survivors. Nothing flashy about them, they just get the job done.
Andrew Robertson / Sea Otter
These social and gregarious creatures are always fan favorites. A warning to Lionel Messi - sea otters are tough and known to be shithousers.
Jordan Henderson / Emperor Penguin
These hardy penguins cover a massive amount of both land and sea. Scientists were amazed at how well they moved on land despite their weird gait. These hard-working creatures are all about teamwork within their family unit and their colony.
Trent Alexander-Arnold / Pistol Shrimp
These little guys are known as the “gunslingers of the ocean”. The shrimp hunt by accurately shooting bubbles at high velocity at their prey.
Gini Wijnaldum / Puffer Fish
Great smile. When the pufferfish decides, it’s impossible to get around them