Souness picks best five defenders he played with: Two Rangers, two Liverpool players feature

Graeme Souness rated his former Rangers and Liverpool teammates highly.

Former footballer and manager Graeme Souness has picked out the best five defenders he ever played with.

In a column for the Sunday Times he selected two players from his time at Liverpool, two at Rangers, and one at Sampdoria - for who he played for two seasons in the mid 1980s.

Souness won domestic titles with both Liverpool and Rangers, and three European Cups with the Reds.

He named Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson as the two Liverpool defenders he rated most highly, insisting both had the technical ability to play in midfield.

The Rangers played he picked out were Richard Gough and Terry Butcher. Discussing the latter he added: "[Butcher was the] main catalyst for everything we achieved at Rangers with his leadership on and off the pitch."

To complete the quintet he named Pietro Vierchowod as a Sampdoria teammate who 'nobody' enjoyed playing against.

Souness' playing career also took in stints at Middlesbrough, Montreal, West Adelaide, and made one appearance for Tottenham Hotspur as a youngster.

He went onto manage both Rangers and Liverpool, before spells with Galatasaray, Torino, Southampton, Benfica, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United.

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