Santa Westerveld to Andy Carol – a Liverpool FC Christmas themed XI

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With festive spirits high at Liverpool after seeing off Everton, we’ve had a bit of fun and created a Reds XI made up of Christmas words.

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While opinion articles, news stories and in-depth analysis pieces are all well and good, sometimes you can’t quite beat a Themed XI.

Here is one based on Christmas, using Liverpool players past and present. Can you top these?

Santa Westerveld

ATHENS, GREECE - Thursday, November 23, 2000: Liverpool's goalkeeper Sander Westerveld looks dejected after conceding an injury time equaliser to Olympiacos during the UEFA Cup 3rd Round 1st Leg match at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Almost too easy that one, let’s be honest. Westerveld was never blessed with the greatest sense of humour, so doubt he’ll see the funny side.

Markus Bauble

29.10.2011,Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, GER, 1.FBL, VFL Wolfsburg vs Hertha BSC Berlin, im Bild Markus Babbel (Chef-Trainer Berlin) // during the match from GER, 1.FBL,VFL Wolfsburg vs Hertha BSC Berlin on 2011/10/29, Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Schrader ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Too easy this one. Promise not to include Ryan Babbel with the same gag though.

Noel Matip

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Liverpool's Joel Matip in action against Chelsea during the FA Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Can’t help but think Matip wouldn’t quite seem as imposing if he was called Noel.

Stuffing Henchoz

Liverpool's new signings back row (l to r) Erik Meijer, Sander Westerveld, Vladimir Smicer, Titi Camara and front row (l to r) Sammi Hyypia, coach Phil Thompson and manager Gerard Houllier and Stephane Henchoz - Picture by: Michael Steele / EMPICS Sport

This one is likely to split opinion. Either inspired or dreadful.

John Arne Wreath-e

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 4, 2001: Liverpool's John Arne Riise celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Spent hours thinking of one for a left-back – is this acceptable?

St. Nick Barmby

ATHENS, GREECE - Thursday, November 23, 2000: Liverpool's Nick Barmby celebrates scoring the opening goal against Olympiakos during the UEFA Cup 3rd Round 1st Leg match at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He’s been “Saint Nicholas” ever since burying that header against Everton back in 2000.

Danny Myrrh-phy

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 19, 2003: Liverpool's Danny Murphy celebrates scoring the winning gaol against Everton during the Merseyside Derby Premiership match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I’ll get my coat!

Bruno Chey-rudolf

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Thailand. Thursday, July 24, 2003: Liverpool's (l-r) Djimi Traore, Bruno Cheyrou and Anthony Le Tallec line up to face Thailand before a preseason friendly match at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This one is a masterstoke, just like Cheyrou’s goal at Stamford Bridge.

Stan Hollymore

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 6, 1996: Liverpool's Stan Collymore celebrates scoring the second of his hat-trick of goals against Rochdale during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The first of a tall, imposing front-three.

Emile Hes-turkey

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Thailand. Thursday, July 24, 2003: Liverpool's Emile Heskey in action against Thailand during a preseason friendly match at the Rajamangala National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I can’t claim to have been the genius behind this one – I won’t say who was, for fear of inflating their ego!

Andy Carol

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, January 6, 2012: Liverpool's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Oldham Athletic during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ironic this one, seeing as the image of the hulking striker singing a Christmas carol seems frankly ridiculous. He’s all about a festive all-dayer in town.

 

Who have we missed? Send us your LFC-themed Christmas players in the comments section!

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