From Steven Gerrard to Ian Rush, the history of Liverpool goes back is fraught of historical journeymen. Let’s take a look at some of the best Liverpool players of all-time.
The Liverpool stalwart Steven Gerrard made over 500 appearances for his boyhood club. He will forever be enshrined in The Reds folklore for sparking the remarkable comeback to beat AC Milan 4-3 in the 2005 Champions League final. The only trophy to elude ‘Captain Fantastic’ was the Premier League title.
Ian Rush is Liverpool’s leading goal-scorer with 346 goals in all competitions. The 1984 Footballer of the year helped the Reds win a European championship, 3 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, along with 5 English league titles. Considered one of the best Reds of all-time, the speedy center-forward was also a tireless defender.
The Anfield defender made 438 appearances in his thirteen seasons at Liverpool. With incredible skill and tactical positioning, he served as a cornerstone of the Reds success that dominated the 80s. He helped Liverpool stock the trophy case, most notably with two consecutive league and League Cup doubles plus a European Cup in the 1984-85 season.
Luis Suárez had a slow start to his Premiership career, only netting 11 league goals in his first full season with the Reds. However, the striker came to be an incredible force up top the following two seasons where he scored a combined 54 league goals. The Uruguayan won the 2013-14 PFA Player of the Year award. He was also mired in controversy for his racist taunts against Patrice Evra in 2011 and for his second biting incident against Chelsea’s Ivanovic in a 2012 Premier League match.
Known as a complete forward, Kenny Dalglish scored 172 goals with the Reds as they dominated England and Europe in the late 70s and 1980s. The amazing “King Kenny” played 13 seasons with the club, winning six English league championships, three European Cups, the FA Cup, and three League Cups. He will forever be remembered for managing the side during the Hillsborough disaster that claimed 96 lives.
Ranked as the sixth top Liverpool scorer of all time, Robbie Fowler took Anfield by storm when he joined the club in 1992. He scored a total of 183 strikes for The Reds, once scoring 30 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. He was awarded the PFA Young Player of the year for the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
A one-club man and vice-captain for a decade, Mr. Liverpool Jamie Carragher recorded the team’s second-highest appearances with 508 appearances, including 150 times in Europe. Carragher won the Champions League in 2005 having shifted from defense to center-half. He also won 2 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, and a UEFA Cup.
A swift passer and creative playmaker, Xabi Alonso played five seasons at the club winning Champions League in his inaugural season. The midfield maestro served as the engine for the Reds alongside Steven Gerrard where in addition to his spot on passing scored some notable long-range strikes including two from his own half. He won the FA Cup with the Reds in 2006.
The left-winger John Barnes played a decade for Liverpool, appearing 314 times and scoring 84 goals. Known for taking racist abuse even from home fans, he helped the Reds achieve two League titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup, and is a four-time Super cup winner.
Alan Kennedy was a cornerstone of the side that dominated the 1980s in Europe and England. The left-back won 2 European Cups — he sealed the win with his strike against Real Madrid in 1981 — five League Cups, and five League victories.
A crucial part of the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s, Graeme Souness was admired for his tough tackling and stout leadership. He helped the Reds win the European Cup 3 times along with 5 English titles in his six years with the club.