5) Phillippe Coutinho
The Brazilian arrived at Melwood as a relative unknown footballer. He had spent the majority of his time at Inter at the periphery and was deemed as a potential unfulfilled at San Siro. That was the case until Coutinho began to settle into life at the Merseyside. He became an integral part of the Liverpool setup over the next few years. Trophies though evaded him and Liverpool during their time together, Coutinho was a huge fan favourite at Liverpool. He scored some massive freekicks and long shots to amaze everyone in the Premier league. After five years of brilliance, Coutinho ended his time at Liverpool last January to sign for Barcelona in a deal worth more than 140 million Euros.
4) Virgil Van Dijk
On current form, the Dutchman is easily the best centre half there is in this world. The former Celtic defender was terrific throughout his time with Southampton, which had made him such a sought after player. In the tug of war between City and Liverpool, City backed out due to Saints’ evaluation of 75 million Euros, which in just a year’s time now seems like a steal. He has marshalled Liverpool defence and has evolved into a true leader for the Reds. With him organizing defence, Liverpool have looked stronger than ever to be able to challenge for the title.
3) Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra played a starring role in Monaco’s run to the Champions league final in 2004. The Frenchman showed the kind of tenacity and willingness which made him a perfect fit for Sir Alex’s Manchester United. The defender was brought to Old Trafford in a deal worth 5.5 million, which considering his unremitting success with the Reds in the following decade or so now seems a business done right. Evra won every possible title on offer at Old Trafford and left the club as one of the greatest left-backs the English football had ever seen.
2) Luis Suarez
The controversial Uruguayan was on Liverpool’s wishlist for quite some time thanks to his goal scoring exploits with Ajax. And when Fernando Torres shocked everyone with his decision to join Chelsea in a mega transfer deal, Liverpool looked to the Uruguayan as a replacement. And while he did not exactly set the world alight in his first few games, the moment Suarez got going, he did not stop. He almost single-handedly led the Reds to the league title scoring a massive 31 goals in 33 games. He left the club to join Barca the following season and has since developed into the world class striker everyone expected him to become.
- Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic will go down in the English Premier league’s history as one of the greatest centre back to ever play. He joined the club from Spartak Moscow and became an instant hit. He won a massive 15 trophies during his time at Old Trafford, including the champions league in 2008. His never say never attitude and grit is something United defence miss till date.