Was Rafa Benitez right to sell all but TWO of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winning squad?

Xabi Alonso's departure from Anfield means that just TWO players remain at the club from the entire squad that competed in the 2005 Champions' League final.

From that triumphant night in Istanbul, 16 of the players on duty have been sold by manager Rafa Benitez.

So where are they now, and was the manager right to offload them?

Jerzy Dudek
Now at Real Madrid as back up to Iker Casillas, no one would argue that he is anywhere near the quality of Pepe Reina, nor even on the same page.

Steve Finnan
Now with Portsmouth after a brief spell in Spain, he was a good Anfield servant but at 33 best days are behind him.

Jamie Carragher
One of the heroes on the night and still an Anfield stalwart.

Sami Hyypia
One of Liverpool's greatest-ever servants, manager Benitez repaid his loyalty by allowing him to leave this summer to take a lucrative two year contact with Leverkusen at the age of 35.

Djimi Traore
Just signed for Monaco after loan spells with Birmingham and Laval in France, journeyman at best, no one will forget his howler in a Liverpool shirt at Burnley. 

Luis Garcia
Up for sale by current club Atletico Madrid, he flattered to deceive in a Liverpool shirt, and never really made it at Anfield.

Xabi Alonso
Popular player who will be a big loss, but is he really worth £30million? Nope, so Rafa right to snap Madrid's hand off.

Steven Gerrard
The best midfielder in the world? Quite possibly. 

John Arne Riise
Another one who is up for sale, after just one season at Roma, he proves the adage that the only way is down from Anfield.

Harry Kewell
Whatever happened to Harry Kewell? Went to Galatasaray from Anfield, and surprise surprise, got injured. Benitez rightly couldn't get rid of him fast enough.

MIlan Baros
Nowhere near the quality required by Liverpool, this head down merchant now plys his trade alongside Kewell in Turkey after failing in England.

 

Subs: Scott Carson
Once thought of as the great English hope, he struggled after a disaster in the national team shirt under Steve McClaren and now at West Brom

Josemi
So bad he didn't deserve a second name, and surely one of Benitez's worst signings. Now with Real Mallorca in Spain.

Didi Hamann
On his way to Preston after being shown the door at Manchester City, his best days were already behind him in 2005.

Antonio Nunez
Who? Another disastrous Benitez signing who was vilified by a bemused Kop. He's found his level in Cyprus with Apollon Limassol.

Igor Biscan
Can you believe he was in a European Cup winning squad? Perhaps the worst player ever to represent Liverpool, now at Dinamo Zagreb.

Vladimir Smicer
Classy player on his day, but always too lightweight for English football, and another who had to go. Now back home with Slavia Prague.

Djbril Cisse
Another not good enough for Anfield, his character was always in question and Benitez couldn't get rid fast enough. Now with Panathinaikos.

Verdict
Rafa may be ruthless, but every one of his decisions has been correct.

Not one of the players shown the door was good enough to stay - and it was a miracle many were ever near a Champions' League final.

Do you agree? Has Rafa made the right decision? Let us know by commenting below...

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