14 Oct 2011

Patrik Berger on Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, and Man United...

Patrik Berger was a fantastic player for Liverpool, and he scored some cracking goals through his career at Anfield, including a particularly memorable 30-yard screamer against Man United. In a recent interview with the club website, he gave his views on the best player he's ever played with, and revealed that Kenny Dalglish used to be his neighbour.

Berger played alongside some outstanding players in his time at Liverpool, including the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, but who was the best?

"Stevie G, because he is a complete footballer. When he came through the academy, everyone could see that he was a special player, and we thought if he could stay injury free, he could become one of the best players in the world".

Berger literally lived right next door to current Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, but was he a good neighbour?

"Kenny was my neighbor; we had a fence between our gardens, but he was not there all the time; he was travelling between Scotland and England, but when he was there, he was a great neighbour!"

Berger had a knack for scoring spectacular goals, but which one was his personal favourite?

"It was a free kick [against Man United at Old Trafford] from 30 yards. I just wanted to hit the target and I didn’t know it would end up like it did! It was always difficult to go to Manchester United because they had such a great side at that time, and in that game, a point was good for us".

I loved watching Berger play, and he was part of one of the most entertaining Liverpool teams of the last 20 years:

"We really were an offensively-minded team, and to have players like Robbie [Fowler], Macca [Steve McManaman], Jaimie [Redknapp], Stan Collymore, and John Barnes around you, it was easy to play.

"I think we had [enough talent to win the league]. We showed that week-in week out throughout the whole season [1996-97] but we were just missing the last few steps".

Roy Evans' Liverpool team of 1995-1997 is one of my favourites in terms of pure skill, entertainment and excitement. If we'd had a decent defence at that time, then the team probably would've won the league.

Jaimie Kanwar


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