4 of the most underrated Liverpool players of All-time

  • For all of the club legends to have played here, several players get overlooked
  • It’s not always about the flashy plays that makes a player valuable
  • This list has players that won everything and others who struggled for one trophy
Liverpool FC v Fulham FC - Premier League
Liverpool FC v Fulham FC - Premier League / Visionhaus/GettyImages

All eyes are now on the internationals as we approach a summer of football which should be full of fun as we have the European Championships and Copa America.

Only a few weeks ago there were many tearful eyes watching on as Jurgen Klopp waved goodbye to Liverpool fans in his last game after a rollercoaster of a nine years under his tenure.

So as we relax without the stress of watching Liverpool and the emotions of saying see you later to Klopp finally pass lets have a look at some of the more underappreciated players to wear the famous red shirt and if any players from the Klopp era get in this list.

Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey
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Emile Heskey is a player who is seemingly judged on the fact that a YouTuber made a song about him rather than his footballing abilities.

Once upon a time the England international was a striker who no defenders wanted to mark as he would dominate physically and was the perfect strike partner for a certain Michael Owen.

During Liverpool's famous 2000/01 campaign in which they won a treble under Gerard Houllier, he played 56 games scoring 22 goals in all competitions.

He had a successful four years at the club winning six trophies whilst scoring 60 goals altogether whilst mounting up an impressive 223 appearances for The Reds.

Dirk Kuyt

Dirk Kuyt
Chelsea v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

Dirk Kuyt maybe isn't quite underappreciated by Liverpool fans as he was truly loved for just how much of a shift he used to put in all around the pitch.

Fans who didn't maybe take too much notice of him certainly would not have realised just how much work he put in for the cause.

He was the perfect teammate as he would never stop running anywhere you would put him in the frontline and when he joined in the 2006/07 campaign he showed he was indeed more than just a workhorse.

Kuyt earned the reputation as the man for the big occasion which he proved quickly as he was a goalscorer in the Champions League semi-final shootout against Chelsea and then in the final against AC Milan but that goal only ended up being a consolation.

Unfortunately for Kuyt, his time at Liverpool only ended up with one trophy which was the League Cup in 2012 which doesn't do him much justice.

He had to go through some seasons of uncertainty at Liverpool due to the ownership chaos and the hiring of Roy Hodgson but in the end, he left having had 112 goal contributions for the club in 285 games.

Gini Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum
Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It may sound stupid to call someone who scored a brace in one of the greatest games that Liverpool has ever had underrated but unfortunately in some regards Gini Wijnaldum was exactly that.

The age of social media has it's impact on how players were viewed in the Jurgen Klopp era and it is a shame as it is a platform which encourages negativity.

Wijnaldum was one of the first building blocks in Klopp's success as in his first summer transfer window the then winger was signed.

He was morphed into a powerhouse of a midfielder who was perfect for how Klopp wanted to play his heavy metal football with his attacking output not being the key thing to his game.

Fans maybe only looked at his numbers for supposedly an attacking midfielder but the way in which he controlled the games and ran the midfield certainly in big games was pivotal to Liverpool winning the European Cup and the Premier League.

His last season at the club was maybe viewed as a poor one by fans but to see that as a lasting legacy is a disservice to just how good he was as there is an argument that four years on that he hasn't still properly been replaced in the midfield.

Overall he played 237 games for the club and his impact should never really be forgotten as he is certainly a Liverpool legend.

James Milner

James Milner
Southampton FC v Liverpool FC - Premier League / Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages

Another player who normally had the wrath of social media against him was somehow the vice-captain who won everything he possibly could at Liverpool.

When Brendan Rodgers signed James Milner on a free transfer it seemed like a sensible decision to improve the midfield.

Many didn't anticipate him to be one of the driving forces for the whole side to go onto win every competition they possibly could for eight years.

How Klopp speaks about him should say everything you need to know about him but there was always some who weren't a fan of him playing.

Whether that was due to his age towards his last couple of seasons at the club who knows but Milner played in almost every position possible for Liverpool as he racked up a mammoth 332 appearances for them.

He is probably the best free signing in the history of the club and arguably one of the best ever in the Premier League for just how much he gave whilst at Anfield.

Therefore he should be viewed as exactly that as his impact on the club is something which is rarely seen these days in football.