Paul Ince makes surprise choice for top Liverpool teammate
For a man who turned out for some of the biggest clubs in Europe during his career, Paul Ince's nomination for the best player he played alongside during his Liverpool days is a slightly surprising one.
Ince may have shared a pitch with the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Jamie Carragher during his two-year stint at Anfield but still the combative midfielder named a sure and steady defender as the pick of the bunch.
Indeed, speaking at a book signing in Norway, Ince was asked about the number of Norwegian players he shared a dressing room with between 1997 and 1999. He replied by singling out left-back Stig Inge Bjornebye.
"Stig was an amazing player," Ince gushed. "Maybe the best I played with, because he had the inner drive. The ability to motivate himself. The ability to work hard all the time.
"He was not the greatest talent, the most skilful player, but he had something that many of the others lacked: the guts and attitude to do his job."
As decent as Bjornebye was, we can't help but feel that maybe Ince was playing to the home crowd here -- especially as he also played alongside the great Sean Dundee during his final year.