Liverpool By Numbers: #3

So… it’s that time of the week again, it’s time for LFC By Numbers, and this week it’s number 3.  Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Ian (@ianyoungkop) with his picks…

Number 3 traditionally worn by left backs, seemed to move across all the defensive positions at LFC.  Now not going to lie, this one wasn’t a tough decision for me, this shirt hasn’t been worn by many top candidates, but let’s discuss the wearers anyway. Here goes…

Julian Dicks

Bjorn Tore Kvarme

Christian Ziege

Abel Xavier 

Steve Finnan

Paul Konchesky

Jose Enrique

Mamadou Sakho.

Like my previous squad number posts, I’m going to shortlist 4 wearers, which to be honest wasn’t hard on this occasion. I went with Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Christian Ziege, Steve Finnan and Jose Enrique. Or maybe it was harder for different reasons. 

Bjorn Tore Kvarme started out well enough at Liverpool, showing potentially he could be the strong, no nonsense defender we’d been looking for, unfortunately after six months, the concoction of playing with a struggling Babb and Ruddock and trying to protect a calamitous David James took its toll, and the Norwegian looked like a deer in headlights. Being moved out to right back to cover for the injured Rob Jones probably didn’t help either as he looked all at sea once he’d cross the halfway line. Eventually he fell out of favour and moved to St Etienne with reaching 50 appearances in 3 seasons. 

Christian Ziege arrived at Anfield with a big reputation, and we hoped he’d be the catalyst towards solving our defensive crisis. A big uncompromising left back, and German international, Ziege had impressed at Middlesbrough and when he signed LFC fans thought he was going to be a top signing.  unfortunately for LFC and Ziege a knee injury limited his playing time, and although he impressed when he did play, he moved to Spurs a year later.

2003 saw the arrival of Steve Finnan from Fulham, and no one could’ve predicted how consistent he would be for us. The Irish international was a fantastic signing for us, reliable and consistent for the 5 years he was at the club. After a stop start first season he was an automatic choice for pretty much 3 seasons before the arrival of Alvaro Arbeloa. He was deceivingly strong, and had bags of pace, and was also able to put in telling cross from either deep or from the byline. He also had great energy and stamina, and became a fan favourite till he left for Espanyol in 2008.

Third and finally was Jose Enrique who arrived in the summer of 2011. Signing from Newcastle, he was an exciting full back he was more noted for his attacking than his defending and was more than competent first choice left back for two seasons. A strong left back who had the ability to get up and down the flank, he was reliable a consistent without being exceptional, for those first two seasons, he was a fan favourite, even ending up in goal against his former club Newcastle after Pepe Reina was sent off for a headbutt. However, after the 2013/2014 season his form took a dip, and he was never really fully able to get back in the team or get back on side with the fans, and he became more known for his social media posts than playing football.

So who would I choose for my number 3? Has to be Stevie Finnan, another player who Liverpool got the best years out of, reliable and consistent, never gave you less than a 7/10, and was hard to defend against Just as hard as he was to get past. With over 200 appearances for the club, including 2 Champions League Finals and an FA Cup, Finnan will always be fondly remembered at Anfield, and that is why he is my number 3.

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