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Robbie Keane 5th slowest to his debut goal

When Robbie Keane scored against PSV in the Champions League he had a good reason to celebrate. He had after all scored his first goal for his favourite club since childhood. The joy on his face were for all to see. The media had put unfair pressure on him getting his first goal, Liverpool fans knew he would come good. He had already contributed to Liverpool's cause without getting on the scoresheet.

Those who are interested in stats might want to know where Robbie Keane is on the list of Liverpool strikers who have been the slowest to score their debut goal. Peter Crouch is miles ahead of everybody else after failing to score in his first 17 games, finally scoring against Wigan in the Premier League after 1228 minutes. He scored on average in every 2,7 games since then.

Though you take your time to score your first goal, it won't necessarily predict how your career will materialise as you can tell from the presence of a certain Ian Rush who is high on the list and above Keane. Liverpool's greatest goalscorer couldn't stop scoring from the moment he scored his first in the 1981/82 season and scored 30 goals in his full debut season.

Here is the list of strikers who had to play more than 200 minutes to score their debut goal for Liverpool.

  Player Minutes Games Debut goal
1 Peter Crouch 1228 18 03.12.2005
2 Arthur Rowley 1019 11 no goal!
3 Ian Rush 813 10 30.09.1981
4 Michael Robinson 784 10 28.09.1983
5 Robbie Keane 688 11 01.10.2008
6 Jack Balmer 531 6 07.12.1935
7 Kevin Baron 527 6 08.11.1947
8 Phil Boersma 480 7 04.11.1970
9 Emile Heskey 436 5 01.04.2000
10 Les Shannon 382 5 30.08.1948
11 Alf Arrowsmith 361 5 16.09.1963
12 Karl-Heinz Riedle 342 4 26.08.1997
13 Alan Waddle 337 4 08.12.1973
14 Dean Saunders 332 4 27.08.1991
15 Fernando Morientes 316 4 01.02.2005
16 Ian St John 309 4 30.08.1961
17 Sammy Smyth   292 4 07.02.1953
18 Eric Anderson  261 3

06.02.1954

19 David Johnson  255 3 28.08.1976
20 Neil Mellor   254 4 08.01.2003
21 Bobby Murdoch  252 3 08.02.1958
22 David Hodgson   242 4 04.09.1982
23 Nicolas Anelka  218 4 05.01.2002
 
Note: The list only includes strikers since the 1945-46 season as we do not always have scoring minutes from way back in time.

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