In 2005-06, Liverpool finished 3rd with 82 points, the highest total under Benitez until last year’s team. A year after the Champions League trophy and the season Liverpool won the FA Cup, it looked to be the perfect launching point. But Liverpool couldn't finish higher in the next two seasons and regressed points-wise, treading water before last year. And it seems like this year’s model will struggle to reach 82 points.
With all the drama, failings, injuries, complaints, etc., I can’t help but wonder if people think Liverpool’s truly improved over the last four years. So I’m trying a poll out, the first one I’ve hosted on this blog. Hopefully we’ll get enough votes.
Admittedly, we haven't seen this year's "best team" thanks to injuries, but I reckon the question's still valid. I voted for this year's squad, but I'm also wondering if I've gone through the looking glass, and am too blinded by optimism (which would be the first time in my life).
Pick which team you like better, for whatever reasons. If they’re good reasons, leave them in the comments.
Johnson Carragher Agger Aurelio
Kuyt Gerrard Benayoun
Bench: Cavalieri, Skrtel, Insua, Riera, Babel, Voronin, Ngog
Finnan Carragher Hyypia Riise
Garcia Gerrard Alonso Kewell
Bench: Dudek, Agger, Warnock, Sissoko, Hamann, Morientes, Fowler