We all know every nation has its own distinct playing style.
We have all heard of the typical physical, direct and no-nonsense football made famous by the British, with this old-school style of play still very much evident in teams like Burnley in the Premier League today. The Dutch have of course their trademark Total Football, where players are almost free to roam through different positions on the field. Skills, craft and flair are often associated with the Central American teams such as Brazil, where hoofing a long ball up the pitch is almost seen as criminal.
Here, we attempted to form mini 5-a-side teams with players that once played for Liverpool by their nationalities... and tried ranking them. Who do you think will come out on top in a 5-v-5 competition?
Goalkeeper: Sander Westerveld
Defender: Virgil van Dijk
Midfielder: Gini Wijnadlum
Forward: Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt
We think the Dutch will struggle here, with Babel perhaps the only flair player capable of creating something out of nothing in a small-sided game. Wijnaldum and van Dijk will no doubt strike a good partnership, but Kuyt's versatility and willingness to run might not be the best asset on a futsal court...
Securing the Bronze...
England (Three Lions)
Goalkeeper: David James
Defender: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Midfielder: Steven Gerrard, Adam Lallana
Forward: John Barnes
An England team that is capable of throwing every single stereotype out of the window — the flair and creativity of Barnes and Lallana combined with the solid Trent and Gerrard can punish any team on the planet. James, oh Calamity James, might be the weakest link though...
And the Silver medal goes to...
Spain (La Furia Roja)
Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina
Defender: Xabi Alonso
Midfielder: Suso, Luis Garcia
Forward: Fernando Torres
The country that gave birth to Tiki-taka, this team will suit the playing style to a tee. The forward trio should provide an abundance of flair, creativity and goals, while Reina and Alonso remain Liverpool legends for very good reasons.
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
Midfielder: Lucas, Coutinho
Forward: Roberto Firmino
Can there really be another winner? The thought of Coutinho and Firmino linking up once again will leave fans dizzy, while Alisson and Fabinho are more than capable of playing out from the back. Lucas might not be the typical Brazilian we had all come to expect, but we are still huge fans of the current Lazio midfielder.