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Top 10 Players of Liverpool Of All Time

The Reds have seen some legendary players come and go throughout the years but who left the biggest mark on Anfield?

England’s most successful club will no doubts have innumerable players who have graced football with their godly presence. It is quite a task to narrow down to a set of individuals who can be regarded as the best in the club’s history. Factors such as their duration of being at the club, individual stats and accolades won are just a few achievements that can be used to gauge their status.

The following ten players have played a key role in establishing Liverpool as one of the finest football teams in the world. 

10. Jamie Carragher

‘Mr. Liverpool’ spent his entire playing career at Liverpool for a total of 17 years. He began playing in 1996 for the club and went on to make a total of 737 appearances across all competitions. He also represented Liverpool in 149 European matches.

During his time at Liverpool, he was known for his fearlessness that was the heart of the Liverpool defense for years. The typical old school no-nonsense hard tackler, Jamie Carragher was everything his team could ask for. He was tactically aware and was a brilliant reader of the game despite his lack of pace and skill. During his time with the club, he won the Champions League in 2005, two FA Cups, three League Cups, and was part of the 2005-06 PFA team of the year.

9. Billy Liddell

The post-war recovery period for football clubs was crucial in establishing dominance and football strongholds across England. Billy Liddell played an instrumental role in this for Liverpool post-1945. He was part of the 1946-47 Liverpool team that won the first division title in England and continued his fine form for well over a decade despite the relegation of the club. He left Liverpool in 1960 after having racked up a record 537 appearances with 228 goals and goes down in history as an icon who stayed loyal to his roots during troubled times.

8. Robbie Fowler

The man who held the record for a hat trick in 4 minutes and 32 seconds is also highly regarded by the Liverpool fan base for his contributions to the club. Over two spells, he scored a total of 183 goals and even finished three consecutive seasons with 30 goals to his name. He was nicknamed ‘God’ for his brilliant finishing skills and won the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and 2 Football League Cups during his time with the club. Expectations are high for his return to the club as a manager one day but until then, he shall have his name etched in Liverpool fan folklore.

7. Emlyn Hughes

Known for his versatility, he racked up a total of 665 appearances for Liverpool between 1967-1979. He was also the captain of the club and led the team to 4 League titles between 1972-1978. This period also included 2 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups. Emlyn Hughes was also appointed as the England Captain during his time at Liverpool and goes down in history as the first captain to ever win the European Cup. He played in several positions such as left-back, central midfield, and or central defense and was the heart of the game for both club and country during his time.

6. Phil Neal

The right-back was a mainstay in the Liverpool team between 1974-1985. More than his constant presence in the legendary teams of the ’70s and 80’s, he is also one of the most decorated players in the history of the club. Phil Neal was one of the few defenders who revolutionized the role of a full-back as an attacking presence in the team and was even on penalty duties for a considerable time in Liverpool. He finished his 11 years stay at the club with 22 trophies.

5. Kevin Keegan

One of the many multi-trophy winners for the club, he joined Liverpool in 1971 and stayed on for a total of six seasons. During his time, he won one FA Cup, 3 first division titles, 2 UEFA Cups, and a European Cup. The center-forward scored a total of 100 goals in more than 300 appearances during his tenure and set the ball rolling for a series of European successes for Liverpool. He somehow had a knack for scoring during crucial finals and was an integral part of the legendary 70’s team of Liverpool. 

4. Graeme Souness

Winning 5 league titles, 3 European Cups, and 4 League Cups in 7 years is no joke. This is exactly what Graeme Souness accomplished during his career at Liverpool. After arriving from Middlesbrough for a fee of 350,000 pounds, Souness took no time to establish himself as an assertive midfielder and was known for his fantastic passing range, dribbling, and how demanding he was on the field. His captaincy won many plaudits as it was under his leadership that Liverpool were treble winners and Champions of Europe in 1984. He is one of the finest captains that the club has ever seen in its history.

3. Kenny Dalglish

He has served Liverpool in various capacities ever since he joined them in 1977. He was part of several legendary teams and contributed a total of 172 goals during his time at Anfield. What made Kenny Dalglish stand out was his knack for brilliant performances in crucial games such as in the 1978 European Cup final and the league-winning goals scored at Chelsea and Tottenham. He became a player-manager towards the end of his playing days and notched up two more league titles in 1988 and 1990. Thereafter he was appointed a full-time manager and won the Carling Cup with the club in 2011.

2. Ian Rush

Liverpool’s highest all-time goal scorer racked up a total of 346 goals in 660 appearances. However, he did not have the dream start that he expected when he signed for the club back in 1980. It would take a while before he managed to get regular game time and was convinced of the clubs’ intentions to keep him long term. The 1981 campaign was his breakthrough season for the club and Ian Rush established himself as one of the finest strikers in England that year. Two years later, he became the first English player to win the Golden Boot and was a part of the first English team to win a treble. While he did leave the club for Juventus, his return was as quick as his departure and he came back to Anfield with much fanfare to continue his stellar career.

Steven Gerrard

The man who held the fort from day one. The one who stuck by the club even during its darkest days. Steven Gerrard has represented the true values of Liverpool FC during his career with the club and it is a no-brainer that he takes the top spot in the list of all-time players. Regardless of whether he won the Premier League, ‘Stevie G’ rejected several offers to move away from the club during his playing career and was a selfless loyal servant to Anfield during his time. He played an instrumental role in the 2005 Champions League dream run where his solid midfield partnership with Xabi Alonso flourished. (apart from him scoring the first goal for Liverpool in the final). His status at the club and all his leadership capabilities are undoubtedly what makes him the finest player to have adorned the Liverpool jersey ever.

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