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Liverpool’s Best Players of All Time

As one of the most successful clubs in top-flight football, Liverpool produces some of the greatest soccer players in the world. Below you’ll find our picks for the 10 best Reds players of all time. A wide variety of relevant factors have been taken into consideration for these rankings, including all-time appearances, generational variety, and even MLS betting lines. These metrics ensure that the list below is as relevant and up-to-date as possible. Ordered by date of first appearance, we present the 10 most celebrated honorary Liverpudlians.

Ray Clemence

Ray Clemence holds the record for the cleanest sheets in the history of football, officially making him the most formidable goalkeeper to have ever graced top-flight football. Along with only 30 other players, Clemence has tallied over 1,000 career appearances. 

During his time at Liverpool, Clemence was a stalwart element of Liverpool’s defense. His winning medals include five League titles, three European Cups, and two UEFA Cups. After battling prostate cancer for more than a decade, Clemence sadly passed away in November of 2020.

Kevin Keegan

A true icon of 70’s football, Kevin Keegan helped Liverpool to three First Division titles, two UEFA Cup victories, as well as the FA Cup and the European Cup. He also represented England in over 60 matches and was named European Footballer of the Year in both 1978 and 1979. Awarded the Ballon d’Or twice, Keegan was renowned for his blistering pace and aggressive positioning.

After an energetic and prolific career for the Reds, Keegan eventually moved into management in the early ’90s. In each of his first full seasons at Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, Keegan’s management led to championship promotion for all three clubs.

Kenny Dalglish

Sir Kenneth Dalglish is referred to as King Kenny by Liverpool fans. During his career, Dalglish made over 500 appearances for Liverpool. His career as a player-manager led to Dalglish becoming a household name as far back as the early ’90s.

Dalglish scored 30 goals for Scotland and was inducted into both the Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame. From 1977 to 1991, he played for and managed the Reds to more than 25 titles, including nine Premier League titles, five Football League Cups, and three FA Cups.

Ian Rush

More than 20 years after retiring from football, Ian Rush remains Liverpool’s all-time top goalscorer. He is indisputably the greatest forward in Anfield history, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions. Rush was awarded the European Golden Boot as well as the First Division Golden Boot in 1984.

His 73 appearances for the Welsh national team led to 28 goals for the talented striker. Until 2018, Rush was the highest goalscorer for his country. He was recognised as an ‘International Personality’ in 2010 by the FAI International Football Awards.

Robbie Fowler

Robert Bernard Fowler is the seventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. Despite playing for a number of different teams throughout his career, Fowler’s time at Liverpool was easily the most successful period of his career. During his time with the Reds Fowler scored more than 180 goals and helped the team to six titles. A born leader, Fowler was nicknamed “God” by Anfield fans for his awe-inspiring feats of athleticism.

Fowler was capped for England 26 times. As with many other former greats, Fowler moved on to management after ending his professional playing career. A year before his retirement from football, Fowler was awarded the Australian Perth Glory Golden Boot in 2011.

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher’s honors with Liverpool include two FA Cups and three League Cups. As a one-club professional player, Carragher’s loyalty to Liverpool is self-evident. He was vice-captain for 10 years and has 11 titles under his belt, including two FA Cups and three League Cups.

Carragher is Liverpool’s second-longest serving player, and still holds the record for the most appearances in European competition for Liverpool. He currently serves as a commentator for CBS Sports’ Champions League broadcast team.

Michael Owen

Michael Owen is one of only nine players to have scored more than 150 goals in the Premier League. Scoring on his Premier League debut in 1997, Owen finished his first season as joint top goal-scorer, sharing the Premier League Golden Boot for that year. He was Liverpool’s top goal-scorer from 1997 to 2004. 

In 2001 Owen helped Liverpool achieve the domestic treble, which led to him receiving the Ballon d’Or. Before being overtaken by Wayne Rooney, Owen held the record for the most goals scored for England. He is still the only English player to have scored in all major international tournaments.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation. Due to his consistent and accolade-laden performance over the course of 17 seasons, Gerrard became the proverbial foundation upon which Liverpool built up one of the greatest decades in the club’s history. With nine major titles as an experienced all-rounder, Gerrard is the only player to score and win in every major domestic and international football tournament.

Gerrard was inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame in May of 2021. He is England’s fourth-highest capped player and, much like Kevin Keegan, he has pursued a successful managerial career following his retirement from international football. In the 2020-21 season, Gerrard led Scottish Premiership club Rangers to their first league title in over 10 years.

Fernando Torres

Diehard Liverpool fans may take issue with the selection of Torres. However, the Spaniard’s influence at Anfield is undeniable. After a club-record signing fee, Torres joined Liverpool in 2007. He was the first player since Robbie Fowler to score more than 20 goals in his debut season. He is the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 league goals. 

Though his 2011 move to Chelsea led to adverse reactions from Reds fans, his contributions to the Kop were significant and worthy of recognition. As a form of consolation, Liverpool walked away with one of the ten most expensive transfers in football history.

Mo Salah

Mohamed Salah is a world-renowned dribbler, finisher, and overall offensive player. His incredible pace on the field has delighted fans and players alike, with many professional players lauding his skills. In his 2017 debut season for Liverpool, Salah scored 32 goals in 36 league games. His performance broke the Premier League scoring record for one season, and he was subsequently awarded the Premier League Golden Boot for his unprecedented form.

In his third season at Liverpool, Salah helped the Reds to their first Premier League win in the 2019-20 season. It was the first league title for Liverpool in 30 years and cemented Salah as one of the greatest footballers to grace the halls of Anfield. Salah’s international accolades include being named the two-time CAF African Footballer of the year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Written by Alan Spencer

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