Liverpool Football Club is a Premier League association football club founded in 1892. The club is based in Liverpool, Mereyside, England and has played its home games at Anfield ever since. It was the 8th most valuable football club in 2016 with an estimated value of $1.55B.
Liverpool established itself as a Premier League and European Football powerhouse in the 70s and 80s. Overall, The Reds have won 18 League titles, 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 7 FA Cups, 15 Community Shields and a record 8 EFL Cups.
As with the other great football clubs, everything would not be possible without the players who have donned the red jersey in its 124 years of existence. There have been so many but we handpicked the best of the best.
Liverpool FC - The Glory Days
Here are the top Liverpool players of all-time:
10. Luis Suarez
Currently one of the best strikers in the world and the player whom Steven Gerrard said is the best he’s ever played with.
Luis Suarez is Uruguay’s top all-time goal scorer with 47 goals scored in 90 games. He was named as the Player of the Tournament in the 2011 Copa America, which Uruguay won. In 2014, he became only the seventh player to score at least 30 goals in a Premier League season with 31 goals in 33 games. As the Premier League top scorer, he shared the European Golden Shoe award with Cristiano Ronaldo. He was also named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the year in 2013-2014.
Despite the many individual accolades, he has only one title with Liverpool, winning the Football League Cup in 2012.
9. Ian Callaghan
Ian Callaghan played 18 seasons with Liverpool. His 857 appearances for the Reds is one record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon.
Callaghan played on the wing before being moved to midfield. In his career, he was booked only once and that was during the 1978 League Cup Final replay at Old Trafford. Callaghan represented England four times in the World Cup and was part of the 1966 team which won it all. However, he did not receive a medal because he did not play in the finals. In 2009, after a long campaign to persuade FIFA to award medals to all winning squad members, Callaghan received his gold medal from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in a ceremony at 10 Downing Street.
Callaghan won 5 Football League First Division titles, 2 FA Cups, 2 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 6 FA Charity Shields.
8. Robbie Fowler
The Anfield crowd called him ‘god’ because of his natural ability to finish and goal scoring instincts. Maybe they should’ve also called him Ruthless Robbie because he was ruthless in front of the goal.
Fowler is the 6th all-time top scorer in Premier League history with 163 goals scored. 128 of those were scored in a Liverpool uniform. His best season was in 2000-2001 when he scored 17 goals and lifted three trophies in a rare Cup Treble. He was awarded the Alan Hardaker Trophy during that year. Fowler was also a two time PFA Young Player of the Year winner in 1995 and 1997.
He won a total of 2 League Cups, 1 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool.
7. Kevin Keegan
A big part of Liverpool’s first European success, Kevin Keegan was England’s first superstar footballer.
Keegan helped Liverpool win its first League Championship in 1973. Teaming up with John Yoshack, he also won the 1973 UEFA cup for Liverpool. Keegan was FWA Footballer of the Year in 1976. Outside soccer, he released a single entitled ‘Head over Heells in Love’ in 1979. The song, composed by Chris Norman and Pete Spencer peaked at #31 in the UK charts.
With Liverpool, Keegan’s triumphs include 3 Football League First Division titles, 2 UEFA Cups, 1 European Club, 1 FA Cup and 2 FA Charity Shields.
6. Billy Liddell
Liverpool was Liddellpool during his era. Billy Liddell could go around you, past your or even straight at you sometimes.
Liddell played his entire professional career with Liverpool. He led the the cub in scoring in 8 out of 9 years from 1950-1958. In 2010, he became the oldest player to score a goal for Liverpool at age 35 years and 55 days. He is the 4th all-time leading goal scorer in Liverpool history behind only Ian Rush, Roger Hunt and Gordon Hodgson.
Billy Liddell led Liverpool to a victory in the 1947 English First Division title in 1946-1947. He also took them to a 2nd place finish at the 1950 FA Cup.
5. Ian Rush
The man on top of the Liverpool all-time scoring list had two spells with the club.
Ian Rush is regarded as one of the best Liverpool players ever. He finished third in a official Liverpool fan poll for 100 Players Who Shook the Kop. Rush was PFA Young Player of the Year in 1983 and PFA Player of the Year in 1984 as Liverpool completed a unique treble of the League, League Cup and European Cup. Rush was also named as the Football Writers Footballer of the Year in 1984.
Rush helped Liverpool win 5 Football League a First Division titles, 3 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 European Cups and 3 FA Charity Shields.
4. Graeme Souness
Graeme Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 80's. He came to Liverpool in 1978 to form a Scottish triumvirate with Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish. He is best remembered for providing the pass that led to the only goal in Liverpool's triumph at the 1977-78 European Cup.
In seven seasons, Souness won 5 Football League a First a Division titles, 4 League Cups, 3 European Cups and 3 FA Charity Shields. Souness was part of the Football League 100 Legends list.
3. John Barnes
He was poetry in motion. Watching John Barnes with the ball was a sight to behold. You could put him in several positions and still he'd excel. He was a winger who could move to center-forward and after the Achilles injury, he was converted to a midfielder.
With Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton, he was part of one of the best attacking lines in the history of Liverpool. Barnes was a contributor and performer in the Anfield Rap, which peaked to #3 in the U.K. Charts.
Barnes was part of 2 Football League a First Division titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 League Cup and 3 FA Charity Shields. Barnes was PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1988 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1988 and 1990.
2. Kenny Dalglish
A class act on and off the field, Kenny Dalglish was brought to Liverpool to replace Kevin Keegan but instead, he surpassed him. Dalglish was either a genius with the ball or a prophet with it because he always found his teammates on the field and always made the right plays.
Dalglish's years with Liverpool were some of the most successful in the club's history hence he was called King Kenny by the club's supporters. In 1985, he became player-manager with the resignation of Joe Fagan.
Dalglish helped win 3 Football League First Division titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 Super Cup, 1 League Cup and 4 FA Charity Shields. He was PFA Players' Player of the Year awardee in 1983 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1979 and 1983.
1. Steven Gerrard
The local kid who carried the club on his shoulders and delivered trophies in Liverpool's trying times. Steven Gerrard not only wowed us with spectacular goals and inspirational play, he also brought out the best in his teammates.
Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998, locked his place in the first team in 2000 and was named as captain in 2003. In the 2005 Champions League Final, Gerrard led Liverpool back from a 0-3 deficit to beat Milan in penalty. Gerrard scored a the club's first goal and drew the penalty that led to the third. He is the first player to score a goal in the FA Cup Final, League Cup Final, UEFA Cup Final and UEFA Champions League Final.
Gerrard piloted Liverpool to 3 Football League Cup titles, 2 FA Cups trophies, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 FA Community Shield. He was UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2005, FWA Footballer of the Year in 1999 and PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2006.
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