I got the idea for this thread yesterday when realising that Jerzy Dudek made his debut 21 years ago yesterday.
For me throughout his Liverpool career he was an average keeper at best but because of the penalty saves in Istanbul he’ll go down as a Liverpool legend and I’m not sure he’s really worthy of that title.
And I was wondering how many others we’ve had who will be etched in our history but probably are lucky to do so.
Now obviously we’ve had plenty of players who are lucky to have even played for the club and that’s not what this thread is about. It’s not to just name and shame the hundreds of sh*t players we’ve had down the time. It’s also not just for people who are lucky to have medals in their collection because most of that 2005 European Cup winning team would be considered for that.
It’s for those who are held up as legends despite not really be close to it.
Someone who I’d put in that category is Jordan Henderson. And this isn’t because of his move to Saudi or me suddenly changing my opinion on him because I always said he was a decent player. Even when he was slaughtered by most I said he was decent. But does a decent player deserve to be held up as a legend because he was the captain of our most successful period of the 21st Century?
Take away 2019-2022 of his Liverpool career and Henderson is nothing more than a decent player. Include that three to four year period and he’s held up there as one of our all-time greats despite himself still only being decent in that time frame. And if you’re picking the greatest Liverpool side of all time then Henderson is nowhere near consideration in my opinion.
And my third nomination is somebody who is up there as one of those who lived off one moment for his entire Liverpool career - John Arne Riise. Absolutely woeful defender and as slow as a snail by the end of his time here but because of that one free kick against United, he’s held up as some sort of legend for the club.
Was no more than an average player even at his best. Scored a few screamers for us but if it wasn’t for that United goal then people wouldn’t look too fondly on his time here (in my opinion) even if he did score a good Derby day goal as well.
So they’re my three picks (for now, I’ll probably think of others) for players who are lucky to be as revered as they are by Liverpool fans. What players do you think are the luckiest in our history?