We’ve invented a time machine.
Rather than go back and fix one of the countless atrocities throughout history, we’ve decided to take some of Liverpool’s current invincibles back to Arsenal’s invincible era between 2003 and 2004.
Look, we know Liverpool still have a long way to go to match Arsenal’s 2003/04 invincible efforts, but it’s that time of the year when no one knows what day it is, so anything goes.
Unfortunately there’s limited room in this time machine, so we’ve only got space for the players that would, in our humble opinion, actually improve Arsenal’s invincibles.
That means Dejan Lovren will have to stay at home. To be fair, his ego probably wouldn’t fit through the door.
For anyone who needs a reminder, this is what Arsenal’s best invincible XI looked like…
So who’s got the first ticket back to the year of Facebook’s birth? To the annoyance of Jens Lehmann, we’ve gone with Alisson.
It’s harsh on the German, who holds the record for the longest unbeaten start to a Premier League career after going 47 games without tasting defeat following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
But the 26-year-old Brazilian has forced his way past Lehmann after keeping 12 clean sheets in his first 19 Premier League games and Cruyff turning half of the division.
The next name on the departures list is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who takes Lauren’s place at right-back.
Lauren was an unsung member of Arsenal’s invincible side, having arrived from Mallorca in 2000 as full-back capable of playing in midfield. Sort of a reverse James Milner.
He was the type of player who wouldn’t moan at being benched, which is handy in this situation.
Alexander-Arnold has made Liverpool’s right-back spot his own this year, as well as breaking into the England squad. He’s also got a devilish set-piece up his sleeved, although there’s a bit of a queue in the Arsenal invincible side.
Kolo Toure will also be stepping aside to make way for The Best Defender Ever™, Virgil Van Dijk.
The world’s most expensive defender has made a mockery of his transfer fee since leaving Southampton last year, having already pocketed every striker in the Premier League.
His efforts have been all the more impressive given he’s yet to take his slippers off.
The final Liverpool player taking his place in our time machine is, of course, Mohamed Salah.
But he won’t be stepping in for Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry’s up top. Instead he’ll have to make do with a place on the right side of midfield, where he replaces Freddie Ljungberg.
There are some things you’re just not allowed to touch- Bergkamp and Henry’s partnership is one of them.
We’re sure Salah would still enjoy running on to Bergkamp’s surgical through balls, and Gilberto Silva can do his defending.
Any complaints? Leave them in 2018.
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