10. Phillippe Coutinho
The little magician. Phillippe Coutinho signed from Inter Milan in January 2013 for £8.5 million. Looking back, it was an absolute steal considering the ridiculousness of the current transfer market valuations. He scored his first goal against Swansea in February 2013 in a 5-0 win. Coutinho has scored some outstanding goals in his time at Liverpool, including the winner against Manchester City at the end of the 2013/14 season which took us so close to winning the league title. His goals against Southampton have been something special, scoring from long distance time and time again. The little magician became the Premier League’s all time leading Brazilian goalscorer in the 2016/17 season having brought his total to 42 goals. Should he choose to stay long term that figure can only increase.
9. John Arne Riise
This guy had a wand of a left foot. If you are looking for spectacular goals, John Arne Riise is your man. Any distance, any angle, any goalkeeper, John would find the net. He joined from AS Roma for £4 million and quickly became a first team regular. He scored 31 goals for the Reds, each one as jaw dropping as the next. The Norwegian left back was part of the team that pulled off the greatest ever comeback in a Champions League final against AC Milan in 2005. Riise often gets remembered for the own goal against Chelsea in the Champions League, but his fantastic years of service should outshine one moment of madness.
8. Sami Hyypia
The gentle giant. Sami Hyypia was a true legend, signing for a bargain of £2.5 million. The Fin captained the club for many years, taking over from Jamie Redknapp and was a colossus at the back, forming partnerships with Stephane Henchoz and later Jamie Carragher in the days of Rafa Benitez. What he lacked in pace, he made up for in intelligence and strength. Hyypia also came up with some important goals, most memorably the volley against Juventus in the Champions League. Sami was a key part of the Reds making it all the way to final and eventually winning the competition. He left in 2009 after making 464 appearances and leaving as one Liverpool’s greatest ever defenders.
7. Michael Owen
Controversial some may say, after his move to Manchester United in 2009. Disregarding that, Michael was one of Liverpool’s greatest strikers. His blistering pace in his early days was frightening for most Premier League defenders. He scored goals for fun and ran rings around every team he faced. Although he was blighted with injuries, Owen scored 116 goals for the Reds and won individual honours when he was presented with the Ballon D’Or in 2001. This came after an unbelievable season in 2001 when Michael was key in winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. His most famous goals came in this period where he single handedly won the game against Arsenal in the FA Cup final, scoring two late goals to take the trophy away from the Gunners. Although his commentary is dire and his move to United was heartbreaking, his service to the Reds means in time we can forgive him.
6. Xabi Alonso
The Spanish pass master will go down as one the world’s best in the centre of midfield. His eye for a pass was second to none and could spray the ball out for fun. He was bought from Real Sociedad in 2004 as one of Rafa Benitez’s first signings alongside Luis Garcia and Josemi. Xabi may only have scored 19 goals for Liverpool, but he made sure they were all spectacular. He scored from his own half in a FA Cup game against Luton Town in a 5-3 win and then replicated this again in a league game against Newcastle United, with a helping hand from Steve Harper…sorry Steve. The Spanierd scored the all important equaliser in the famous final in Istanbul, after scoring the rebound from Dida’s penalty save. It was a shame when he left for Real Madrid, as his partnership with Steven Gerrard was one that has never since been matched.
5. Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher (AKA Mr Reliable) was an old fashioned defender who took no nonsense and took no risks. When he needed to find row Z he didn’t hestitate to do so. Without doubt Liverpool’s greatest ever defender. A one club man who came through the Academy and went on to be one of the first names on the teamsheet. His perfomance in the Champions League final against AC Milan will go down as one the best ever individual performances of all time. Playing through the tiredness and cramp, Jamie continued to run, block, clear and keep out the Italians. Carragher lead from the back and was an inspiration for his team mates, screaming commands and pulling his players into positions. Well worthy of making the top 5.
4. Robbie Fowler
Named by the Kop as GOD, Robbie was a natural goalscorer, scoring from every angle and distance. Fowler scored an impressive 183 goals for the Reds, a total that put him 6th on Liverpool’s all time goalscoring list. He had two spells with Liverpool, coming back from spells at Leeds United and Manchester City. Although his powers were weakened when he returned in 2006, his presence was greatly felt, and he added a few more goals to his total. In his prime, Robbie was one of Europe’s in form strikers, and wasn’t afraid to tear teams apart, scoring hattricks left, right and centre.
3. Fernando Torres
Another controversial pick. We all know what happened at the end of his Liverpool career, when he moved to Chelsea for a massive £50 million. A lot of fans turned on El Nino at this point, renaming him a traitor and money grabbing, but in fairness Torres just wanted to win trophies and felt that he couldn’t do that with Liverpool. Although he turned his back on the Reds, he will still be remembered by many Kopites as one of the best players to grace the club. His pace and strength tore defences apart and it didn’t take him long to become a fan’s favourite. The Spaniard scored on his Anfield debut against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw. He went on to score 81 goals for Liverpool, reaching the 50 goal mark along the way in the fastest time. Nando formed a formidable partnership with Steven Gerrard and the pair assisted each others goal’s game after game.
2. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez joined Liverpool following the departure of Fernando Torres in January 2011. His Liverpool career exploded into life at Anfield against Stoke City on his debut when he came off the bench to score in a 2-0 win. His first goal may have been deflected in by a defender, but there was no way the goal would be taken off El Pistelero. Luis went on to score 82 mouth watering goals from all areas of the pitch. He tormented with Norwich City every time he played against them, scoring hattrick after hattrick. The Canaries would have been sick of the sight of him after a game at Anfield where Suarez scored 4 goals, each one as incredible as the last. There was always controversy surrounding Luis Suarez, following the biting incident with Ivanovic and his racial comment at Evra. Great players usually bring drama, although his pure talent and hardworking style of play made every Liverpool fan fall in love with the Uruguayan.
- Steven Gerrard
So we’ve finally reached the number one spot. There was only one player who was going to make it to the top. The legend that is Steven Gerrard. Known to most fans as Liverpool’s greatest ever player. During his career, he dragged his team through games all by himself by crunching into tackles, pushing his teammates and scoring last minute winners. There wasn’t anything Stevie G couldn’t do. Tackling, passing, scoring, leading, winning, Steven had it all. He was a big game player, scoring in every single major final as a club player…UEFA Cup, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup. Some of his most memorable goals include the incredible third goal against Olympiakos to save Liverpool’s 2004/05 Champions League winning season. His incredible volley against West Ham in the FA Cup final in 2006 which went down as the ‘Steven Gerrard Final’. The chest and volley against Middlesbrough was one of his best in the Premier League. The games and goals that he controlled are an endless list, and he is a worthy winner to be crowned number one.
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