Real Madrid Greatest XI vs. Liverpool Greatest XI: Who Would Win?

Which of Europe's all-time-great clubs would come out on top?
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Which of Europe's all-time-great clubs would come out on top?

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Liverpool's Greatest XI vs. Real Madrid's Greatest XI: Who Would Win?

Liverpool travel to face Real Madrid tonight, with the visitors facing a potentially gruelling night against the European champions.

The match will no doubt be an exciting one, but who would win in a match between either side's greatest XIs?

REAL MADRID'S GREATEST XI

GK: Iker Casillas

Made his debut at 18 and has been No. 1 ever since. From his vantage point between the sticks Casillas has played behind some true greats but the World Cup winner can now rightly consider himself their equal. 8

RB: Miguel Porlan Noguera

Chendo spent 16 years at Madrid, the right-back was an integral part of the Real Madrid side that won 5 straight titles in the late 80’s. 7

CB: Fernando Hierro

The central-defender/ defensive midfielder was as good at the back as he was going forward scoring over 100 goals during his time at the club, helping the side to win just the three Champions League titles. 8

CB: Jose Santamaria

The Uruguayan was the rock at the back of the all conquering Madrid side in the late 50s. The likes of Di Stefano and Puskas could bomb forward knowing that Sanatamaria and co would hold the fort. 8

LB: Jose Antonio Camacho

The tough left-back played over 600 games for Madrid. Miles better than the massively over rated free kick ‘specialist’ Roberto Carlos. 8

RM: Francisco “Paco” Gento

The only player to win six European Cups. Enough said. 9

CM: Zinedine Zidane

Arguably the best player of his generation. His outrageous volley in the 2002 Champions League final was a snapshot of the unbelievable skill the Frenchman possessed. 9

CM: Alfredo di Stefano

The Argentine (who later also played for Spain) was on the verge of joining Barcelona before Franco intervened and he signed for Madrid. Pele once described him as the ‘best player ever’ 10

LM: Raul

Like Di Stefano, history could’ve been so different if the Atletico Madrid youth side he was with wasn’t scrapped by notorious chairman Jesus Gil. As it was he spent 16 years becoming record league appearance holder and scoring goals for fun. 8

CF: Cristiano Ronaldo

Whatever you think about Ronaldo the man, when Cristiano has the ball at his feet they are few more entertaining players in the current game. If only he had a little humility and didn’t roll around like massive t*** he could go on to be one of the all-time greats. 8

ST: Ferenc Puskas

Arrived at Real Madrid overweight, but soon won over the fans with a mercurial left foot. The only player to score a hat-trick in two different European Cup finals. 9

Manager: Miguel Munoz

Won the European Cup as a player three years before becoming manager, and steered them to a further two European Cups. As if that wasn’t enough, Munoz also led them to nine La Liga titles, winning five on the trot between 1960-65. 9

Real Madrid total: 101

LIVERPOOL'S GREATEST XI

GK: Pepe Reina

Plays like a sweeper at times, he improved greatly in the air, kicks off both feet, has a beautiful, perfectly smooth, round head and was the fastest keeper in our history to 100 clean sheets. Grob might have won more and Dudek danced us to victory in Istanbul, but neither touch Reina for sheer class. 9

RB: Rob Jones

If Rob Jones hadn’t had a back like a wet fence in Walton and a knee made of glass, that rat bag Gary Neville would have considerably less England caps. I loved watching ‘Chopsy’ Nicol as a kid, but it’s Jones for me. Could play on either side, knew how to defend with it, full of pace and great on the ball. That he retired at 27 made me weep. 7

CB: Alan Hansen

Although I could happily give him a right-hander for his vampiric performances on the MOTD sofa, Hansen was the first player I really, truly, loved. Couldn’t tackle or head but he was as continental as British defenders got in the 80s. The dictionary definition of ‘not a hair out of place,’ though I suspect he has been using creosote on it since 1977. 8

CB: Sami Hyppia

‘Oooohhh Sami Sami, Sami Sami Sami Hyyppppiiiaaaaaa…’ was the first song my stepson heard sung at Anfield for his first, and Hyppia’s last, game. Criminally underused by Rafa in his final season (who almost didn’t bring him on against Spurs that day, the t**) he memorably stepped in at the last minute for the sacking of Old Trafford and played like Beckenbauer. 8

LB: Jamie Carragher

Not his best position by a country mile, but there is no way I could leave Carra out. Has made more last ditch tackles than any footballer in the history of the game, deep thinker tactically and won’t stand for any bull. Anyone who saw him close up, bollocking Phillip Degen will agree. ‘Degen… DEGEN… DEEEEGGGEEEENNN you ******* ****, mark your man…” 8

RM: Steve McManaman

He might have looked like Rodney from Only Fools and Horses with a perm, but the ‘coltish’ (copyright Fleet Street, 1992) Macca breathed fresh air into our moribund midfield under Souness. Scorer of great goals – Celtic twice, Arsenal etc – our plan at corners when he played used to involve passing short to him and letting him dribble. What we’d give now for someone on the flanks who was as comfortable on the ball. 8

CM: Steven Gerrard

He might have the worst haircut in the history of football and he might, due to that Chelsea courtship, be difficult to like at times but Christ can he play. Has dragged us out of the mire on so many occasions that his nickname should be ‘tractor’ rather than the rubbish Stevie G. People might scoff, but when he had the security of Alonso and Mascherano behind him there was no-one better in his position. 10

LM: John Barnes

You can keep your Barcelonas, your Milans and your Brazils, the team that Dalglish put together, featuring Beardsley and Barnes left such an indelible impression on a nine-year-old boy that whenever I’ve set a team up since, either coaching, on Fifa or Championship Manager, I play with two wide men and a number ten. Imagine what Barnes would cost in the modern game? Sid England and sod the fans who booed him, Barnes was a hero and was nearly as good in the middle of the park after his thigh injury. 9

CF: Kenny Dalglish

As much as I loved Beardsley, there is no way I could have him ahead of Kenny. Technically perfect, not scared to put his head in, unparalleled with his back to goal and wearer of the most aesthetically pleasing number 7 shirt in history. Dalglish is to Liverpool what Maradona was to Napoli. And then some. 10

ST: Robbie Fowler

It was the 90s, the glory days had slipped away and we were all in a funk. Then a snotty nosed tyro with dynamite in his left-boot arrived and started ploughing goals in from everywhere. Still the fourth highest scorer in Premier League history with 163 goals (15 ahead of that turncoat Welshman Michael Owen) watching Fowler was joy unconfined. My favourite goal was when he Cruyff-nutmegged Steve Staunton at Villa Park and hit an exocet at the catflap. God indeed… 9

ST: Ian Rush

As devastating in the penalty box as anyone in the modern era, his work ethic was legendary. I was seven when he scored the iconic camera-toppling goal against Everton in the 1986 FA Cup final, and my four-year-old brother was so distressed when he left that he continued to call John Aldridge ‘Rushie’. 9

Manager: Bob Paisley

Shankly may have built the club up from the obscurity of the Second Division into a formidable force, but it was his erstwhile assistant, Bob Paisley, who made Liverpool into the greatest side in world football. Paisley remains the only manager in football history to have won the European Cup three times with the same club. 9

Liverpool Total: 104

WINNER: Liverpool 104 - Real Madrid101