Jamie Carragher leaves Steven Gerrard out of Liverpool-Man Utd combined XI
Istanbul, Cardiff, Wembley ... as friends and teammates you've seen it all. As your club's longest servants of recent vintage, you've been in battle together more times than you have the superlatives to describe; the only thing greater than the pride in your shared achievements is the credit you give your man at arms. The respect -- the trust, if you like -- is unshakeable, unparalleled.
Then years later you learn the other fellow's picked someone else in his combined XI from Liverpool and Manchester United.
That's where Steven Gerrard finds himself after Jamie Carragher could not find a place for the legendary midfielder in his XI for The Daily Mail.
What have Bobby Charlton and Graeme Souness ever done in football? Who are these guys out wide, Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best? So much for loyalty.
It's a decent enough team -- a really solid bunch of lads. But surely one No. 8 short.