Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has named Dietmar Hamann and Dirk Kuyt as his two most underrated teammates over the past 16 years.
After revealing his all-time Liverpool XI and labelling that unbelievable strike against West Ham United in the 2006 FA Cup final as his best ever, Gerrard was asked to name his most underrated teammate.
Struggling to pick just one, the former England international said: “Good question. Er… Didi Hamman, although everyone knows he is class, a lot of his work was for the team and not stand-out work.
“Dirk Kuyt was also someone who was very selfless, so probably Dirk and Didi, two quality footballers who put the importance of the team first.”
Hamann was Gerrard’s midfield partner during his younger days at Anfield and went on to make 191 Premier League appearances before joining Manchester City in 2006.
During his time on Merseyside, Hamann won a host of trophies including two FA Cups, two League Cups, two UEFA Super Cups plus he played a major role in their Champions League success in 2005.
The other name to make the list, Kuyt, incidentally joined the Reds the same season Hamann left and enjoyed a fruitful six-year spell under then-boss Rafa Benitez.
The former Netherlands international joined the club primarily as a striker but was soon switched to a wide role to make the most of his endless hard work and endeavour.
While not the goalscorer many had previously first hoped, Kuyt soon became a Kop favourite and consolidated a permanent place in the starting XI, averaging 34 Premier League appearances a season.